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U.S. Government Supports Water and Tourism Conference in Cancun

Garza: “Mexico is blessed with an unrivaled natural beauty; just ask any Mexican or American tourist who has been to the Mayan Riviera. Mexicans can pass on this gift to future generations only by intelligently managing their precious water resources.”

Mexico City, February 15, 2006- On February 16-17, Mexican government officials and representatives of the tourist industry will attend a conference on “Water and Sustainable Tourism” in Cancun, Quintana Roo. The United States government is providing funding for this important event that will take place at the Hotel Viva Wyndham Maya in Playa del Carmen. Falling water quality standards pose a major threat to Quintana Roo’s growing tourism industry. The Meso-American reef system, located along this part of the Yucatan Peninsula, is being threatened by sewage contamination and environmental degradation.

This conference will focus on improving water quality and sewage treatment along Quintana Roo’s beautiful coastline. State and local officials will participate along with representatives of the tourism industry. The Potable Water and Sewage Commission, the Secretary of Tourism of Quinta Roo, the hotel associations from Cancun and the Riviera Maya, and Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism are assisting in this joint effort to make the Quintana Roo coastline as clean and safe as possible.

The United States, through its Agency for International Development, is providing technical assistance to improve water quality, sewage treatment, and waste disposal, to promote sustainable tourism along Quintana Roo’s coastal region.

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