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It’s official: Mexican referendum on Mayan train to take place at the end of November

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Archaeological zone of Chichen Itz. Photo: Archivo

Mexico’s president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has announced the country will hold another referendum later this month to decide the fate of a proposed Mayan train line.

Pitted to become a key tourist attraction meant to connect historical sites across the Yucatan peninsula, it is a proposal that the incoming president has long floated in a bid to improve the region’s economic development. The ambitious line is expected to connect the areas of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo and will provide tourists with increased access to the majority of Mexico’s major sites such as the archaeological zones of Chichen Itza and Uxmal.

The newly-agreed proposal, also known as the Transpeninsular Tourist Train, is believed to have grown in size since being initially proposed over six years ago and will now incorporate larger areas of the country.

It will use a mixture of public taxes which have been allocated to the National Tourism Development Fund and will also seek private partnerships to contribute to the final total. The vast project is predicted to bring together a plethora of business opportunities for developers as well as local businesses and currently, AMLO is looking into suggestions from the business community.

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