The Mexican Senate approved a series of reforms this Saturday morning, most of them promoted by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, among them the one that gives the Army economic income from tourism and indefinite control of the Mayan Train, a priority work of this Government, and the one that disappears to the Institute of Health for Well-being (Insabi).
Without the presence of the opposition bloc and in an alternative venue to the Senate, the legislators of the pro-government National Regeneration Movement (Morena) and their allies approved, among more than a dozen reforms, changes to the Federal Law on Rights and the General Law on Tourism, which will only remain pending the signature of López Obrador to enter into force.
Now, the Army, through the Olmeca-Maya-Mexica company, will be able to access 80 percent of the resources that are obtained from the collection of the Non-Resident Right (DNR), a fee that is charged to foreign tourists who arrive by sea, air or land to Mexico.
Until this approval, the resource was part of the budget of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur) for tourism promotion.
Legislators from the opposition National Action Party (PAN) denounced that Morena took away 19,200 million pesos from tourism promotion to allocate it to “presidential whims.”
“Brunette. Only in one corner, she took 80 percent of the resources received from foreign tourism from Fonatur. 19 thousand 200 million to allocate to the presidential whims. When you realize that you stopped supporting tourist projects so necessary for the development of the country, remember: it was Morena,” they wrote.
Likewise, the legislators approved modifications to the laws of general means of communication, to the regulation of the Railway service, and to the Federal Law of Parastatal Entities.
This allows State companies to obtain assignments to operate and manage railway projects, which opens the door for the Ministry of Defense to take full control of the Mayan Train.
San Miguel Times