The secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco, and the governor of Sinaloa, Quirino Ordaz, placed on Monday the first stone of the new "Acuario del Mar de Cortés", which will be located in Mazatlan.
The first stone of the Mazatlan aquarium placed
The project, which will have an investment of 1.4 billion pesos, promises to become the best aquarium in Latin America.
Torruco stressed that this new aquarium will be a trigger for the arrival of more tourists and the attractive anchor that Mazatlan requires to increase the influx of national and foreign visitors.
He stressed that the project is in tune with the new government's policy of creating "anchor" tourist attractions in each of the states to increase tourism.
The head of Sectur urged the entrepreneurs of the sector to "start a process of transformation in which tourists are encouraged to know the attractions of the destination and, in this way, increase the economic income generated by its consumption in restaurants, craft shops, markets, bars, and nightclubs, among others, with which development is favored.
Meanwhile, the governor of Sinaloa said that this aquarium will be part of the Central Park of Mazatlan, which will offer visitors a set of attractions such as the remodeled baseball stadium "Teodoro Mariscal", the new pier and the recovery of the Laguna del Camarón.
"Undoubtedly, this will be the work of greater tourist significance, the greatest attraction that will have not only Mazatlan but the south of Sinaloa and the region," said the state leader.
Ordaz added that the project will have a construction surface of 12 thousand square meters in two levels of exhibition of marine and avian species, a third level for the contemplation of the lagoon and the park itself, while the different fish tanks will house 4.6 million liters of water, which means that it will be 2.5 times larger than the current Mazatlan Aquarium.
The construction period of the new aquarium will be 24 months and, once it enters into operation, it will require an investment of another 200 million pesos in its maintenance and operation.
The state government anticipates that the Aquarium of the Sea of Cortes will attract more cruises, more commercial flights and will put Mazatlan "in the highest national and international spheres in terms of tourism offer."
The owner of the Sectur showed his confidence that when the aquarium comes into operation, Mazatlán will improve its tourism statistics, since it currently occupies the eighth place in terms of visiting foreign tourists and annually receives 2 million 600 thousand visitors in total, with an economic spill of four billion pesos.