Puebla, Mexico, May 16 (Notimex).- Puebla closed 2017 with an influx of visitors of 14 million 537 thousand 710 people, and generated an economic income of 13 thousand 748 million pesos, said Roberto Trauwitz Echeguren, Minister of Culture and Tourism.
At a press conference, accompanied by Ernesto Echeguren, spokesman for the state government, said that cultural and tourism activity represent a development factor for Puebla, which places the entity among the main destinations in Mexico.
Likewise, he announced that so far in 2018 there has been an influx of 3 million 434 thousand 943 visitors, as well as a spill of 3 thousand 335 million pesos.
He also highlighted the mentions that the state achieved in various national and international specialized magazines, calling Puebla a must-see place for its culture, gastronomy, magical towns and other concepts.
He said that in the category of cities of the interior, the city of Puebla was placed first in the country, maintaining a high average "night-room" occupancy and a stay of 2.0 days.
He specified that today the state has counted one thousand 95 hotels, that is, a total of 27 thousand 617 rooms available.
Likewise, he pointed out that the venues of exhibitions and conventions sectorized to the dependency had in 2017 thousand 263 events. Similarly, state parks reached a total of 12 million 5 thousand 963 visitors and 378 events of different kinds were held.
In this area, reported that the Puebla Fair 2018 achieved in 32 days of event an influx of 1 million 124 thousand 969 attendees and a spill of 495 million pesos.
In terms of handicrafts, Roberto Trauwitz Echeguren indicated that the state of Puebla was ranked fourth in terms of national participation and awards obtained through the National Fund for the Development of Crafts.
He reiterated the importance of culture for the state, so the initiative "Culture for All" in 2017 was presented in eight municipalities, bringing together 906 artists and creators of Puebla, registering a total influx of 139 thousand 247 people.
The 5 de Mayo Philharmonic Orchestra, The Typical Orchestra of the State of Puebla and the Symphonic Band of the Band Music Training Center registered a total of 130,990 attendees through 161 events that visited 33 municipalities and localities in the state.
In this sense, the museums in the state received a total of 1 million 886 thousand 646 visitors in 2017 and in the first quarter of 2018, there was an influx of 261 thousand 32 visitors, he said.