Zapatero vows to support Spanish tourism abroad

16th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 July 2007, MEXICO CITY - Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero vowed to support Spanish companies as they expand their presence in the Mexican tourist industry.

16 July 2007

MEXICO CITY - Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero vowed to support Spanish companies as they expand their presence in the Mexican tourist industry.

Zapatero, joined by Mexican President Felipe Calderon, visited the Mayan temple city of Chichen Itza, home of the Kukulkan pyramid, which this month was named one of the new seven wonders of the world in an online poll.

Meeting later with a consortium of Spanish businesses, Zapatero said Spanish hotel owners will increase the number of rooms they control in Mexico to 47,000 from 35,000 in the next two years.

"I want to offer the support of my government and myself and everything that is in our hands to both the Spanish companies and the Mexican government so investments continue and help economic growth," Zapatero said.

The Spanish leader is making a four-day trip to improve trade and security cooperation.

Zapatero told reporters upon arrival Saturday that his government will back Mexico in its fight against drug traffickers who have killed more than 1,000 people here this year.

Spain will give "total support to the Mexican government in its fight against crime and drugs. A society only prospers if it is free and safe," Zapatero said.

Calderon said his administration has gained ground against the cartels.

"We have advanced substantially on this issue and I am pleased that there is more confidence about security," said Calderon. "But I assure you that we will not let down our guard and this government has an absolute commitment to law and order."

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

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