Published On: Wed, Aug 24th, 2022

Transfer of Sectur to Chetumal, without a budget

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The head of the Federal Secretariat of Tourism (Sectur), Miguel Torruco Marqués, assured that at least 1,500 homes and around 170 million pesos are necessary to carry out the transfer of the Tourism Secretariat to Chetumal, but they do not have the budget to carry it out.

(EL ECONOMISTA).- “I am just waiting for the budget, the order will be fulfilled, we must have 1,500 homes and above all infrastructure to be able to receive this number of people; 130 million pesos are needed for Green Angels and 40 million for the substantive work of Sectur”, he said.

The secretary attended the Cancun Investment Summit where he explained that in this situation there is no date to specify the move of the secretariat, despite the fact that investments have already been made for this purpose. “It does not depend on me, it depends on the Ministry of Finance.”

A year ago, in September 2021, Torruco Marqués indicated that the move to Chetumal of the dependency in his charge was not only still standing, but would be completed in 2022. “We are waiting for the allocation of resources, around 35 million pesos, which is what the remodeling of the headquarters, the Megasculpture in Chetumal Bay, will cost”.

It was in July 2018 when the then president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced to businessmen from the Confederation of Industrial Chambers (Concamin), that the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Tourism Secretariat would be the first dependencies to relocate; the first in Mérida, Yucatán, and the second in Chetumal, Quintana Roo.

In February 2019, Miguel Torruco visited Chetumal to present the National Tourism Strategy 2019-2024 and announce that within a period of no more than 40 days he would begin the transfer of Sectur to a temporary office in the Chetumal Convention Center, prior to occupying the Megasculpture.

This building was planned as a tourist and cultural attraction in the state capital of Quintana Roo, although, since 2004, the Megasculpture has not been completed. Miguel Torruco himself described it as a monument to corruption that the 4T would rescue to put it to practical use.

The deadline self-imposed by the Sectur was met and on April 4, 2019, a delegation of four officials belonging to the Undersecretary of Planning and Tourism Policy occupied temporary offices in the Chetumal Convention Center.

The Riviera Maya Times



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