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PW-JUL19-54-57-Lat Am.qxp_Layout 1 15/07/2019 17:23 Page 54


Latin America


The Xcaret Group of Mexico has just opened Xavage, its new theme park, mainly dedicated to extreme experiences in the midst of nature.


located in the state of Quintana Roo, in the southeast of the country, on the peninsula of Yucatan, which separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea. The Xcaret Group, with 29 years of history, has established


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itself as the most successful of its kind in the Aztec country, both for the quality of its projects and for its commitment to caring for the environment. Astrid González Nariño reports.


A mine becomes a park Xavage has an area of 57 hectares and was built on land where there was a sand mine. In this way, "it became a tourist product with a great positive impact at a social, economic and environmental level," said David Quintana Morones, vice president of strategy and development at Grupo Xcaret, during the inauguration of the adventure park. Quintana added that this is the only open pit mine that has been rehabilitated and turned into a tourism product in the American continent. During the recent inauguration of the park, the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico, Miguel Torruco, assured that there are


currently several tourist projects in the country and that this, in particular, will generate 370 direct jobs. Torruco revealed, likewise that the development of Xavage


represented an investment of US $ 100 million and ensured that this demonstrates the confidence of entrepreneurs in the tourism sector in Mexico. Similarly, he explained that the development of tourism products is essential to avoid the decline of a destination and, therefore, continue with its process of consolidation and positioning in the world market, which is continuously transformed. According to preliminary figures, the country had 41.7


million tourists in 2018 and ranked seventh as the most visited country in the world.


JULY 2019


avage, located in the tourist Riviera Maya, is the seventh park of the group after Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xoximilco and Xenses, all


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