Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Authorities in Mexico plan to launch an online destination tool called the Atlas Turístico de México, an interactive website featuring the country’s 85 main tourist destinations and information to help visitors plan their travels to every corner of the country.
During this week's Tianguis Turístico México 2012 tourism fair in Puerto Vallarta, Tourism Secretary Gloria Guevara told listeners that "the interactive atlas will provide a abundance of information on travel destinations at the national level, with maps, photos, and information about the main attractions at each destination."
Some of the things the online atlas will include will be information on Mexico's 13,617 hotels, 198,538 restaurants, more than 5,000 travel agencies, 70 airports, 106 bus terminals, 117 museums, 184 archaeological sites, 31 World Heritage Sites, as well as many other support services for the tourist industry.
"The data will serve as a national inventory of all of our tourist assets," Guevara said.
"Any national or international tourist is going to be able to enter the web site and find the Routes of Mexico, the locations of the 52 Magic Towns (small towns or villages in Mexico with historic or cultural significance), the the Mayan World Route, packages tied to the Mundo Mayo celebrations that are happening later this year, and the Treasures of Mexico Program that has had so much success," Guevara stated.Guevara added that the atlas will be live later this month in English and Spanish via a link on VisitMexico.com, and in a second phase, plans to include these sites of interest on Google Maps. The atlas will also be available as a downloadable app for iPhones and iPads.