Mexico tourism’s Toronto office will officially close its doors at the end of this month, Cesar Mendoza, regional director for Canada at the Mexico Tourism Board, confirmed today (Feb. 12).
Speaking with PAX over the phone this morning, Mendoza broke the news as The Mexico Tourism Board moves to close all but three of its 21 international offices.
Closure of the Mexico Tourism Board’s Toronto office has been nothing but a rumour up until now.
“Unfortunately we don’t know what’s going to happen in terms of who’s taking over, who’s handling the promotion,” Mendoza told PAX, reiterating that “90 to 95” per cent of offices around the world would be closing by the end of February.
Mendoza said that “most of us are being let go” and that he will eventually have to hand over his contacts and materials to the Mexican embassy.
Phasing out Mexico’s global tourism council has been part of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s plan to turn the country’s tourism responsibilities over to Mexico's global embassies.
“It’s sad,” Mendoza told PAX. “They’re doing many things without really planning or thinking things over.”
The closing of Mexico’s global tourism offices is part of a bigger plan to shift the nearly $300 million dollars the government had for promoting inbound tourism to the construction of a Yucatan tourist train along the Mayan Peninsula, Mendoza said.
While talk of closing the Toronto office was nothing but speculation last December, it’s “something that would happen eventually,” said Mendoza, who has spent eight years promoting Mexico tourism in Canada and 20 years promoting Mexico tourism overall.
However, despite all of this, Mendoza is optimistic. “These types of milestones are good, in a sense,” he said. “We can see things from a different perspective and start over.”
Mendoza admitted that he doesn’t know exactly where he will wind up next, but he said that he would like to stay in Canada.
“I’d be happy to keep working with the industry, to see if I can help with something that has to do with the promotion of Mexico. I’ve met a lot of very nice and important people from the industry that I’d love to keep working with,” Mendoza told PAX. “It’s a tough one.”