Carnival will invest $150 million in Mexico ports
One of the world's largest cruise operators - Carnival Corp. - intends to realize large-scale projects on developing new tourist terminals in the Mexican ports. The company plans to allocate 150 million dollars for this purpose.
Agreement on joint reconstruction of the port was signed between the parties on March 14, 2012. Importance of this event is indicated by the fact that the signing ceremony was attended by the Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
Today Mexico is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Western Hemisphere. The country has dozens of cruise ports. The most popular Mexican destinations are Riviera Maya on the Caribbean coast and Mexican Riviera on the Pacific coast. Agreement on joint reconstruction of the port was signed at one of the Riviera Maya resorts in Cozumel.
Thanks to the investments Carnival plans to open two newest terminals on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. The first will be located in the State of Baja California Sur, the second - in Kalika in the south part of the country in the Quintana Roo State.
It is worth noting that Carnival has already invested 100 million dollars in the development of port infrastructure in Mexico.
Mexico is a country, which largest part of the budget is formed from tourism revenues. According to the ambitious plans of the country's authorities, by 2015 Mexico should enter the top five most visited countries.
Cruise industry is being rapidly developed around the world. Against this background Mexico is one of the priorities, but not the only destination, where is marked port building boom. A number of Asian states are also actively upgrading their own port facilities to receive large cruise ships. For example, one of the largest ports in the region - Singapore - intends to introduce its new International Cruise Terminal by the end of 2012.
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