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Agreement on Tourism Co-operation between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United Mexican States [1990] CATSer 23 (21 September 1990)

E102442 - CTS 1990 No. 33


The Government of Canada and the Government of the United Mexican States, (the Parties),

CONSIDERING the friendly relations between the two countries;

CONSCIOUS of the fact that international co-operation and economic exchange should further human development, increase mutual respect between individuals, and promote common well-being;

CONVINCED that tourism promotes understanding and goodwill, and facilitates the relations between countries;

CONSIDERING the present development of tourism activities in both countries and mindful of their interest in making the most efficient possible use of their tourist resources;

HAVE AGREED to conclude an agreement on tourism co-operation which, within their respective legal frameworks, will encourage the objectives stated in the following provisions:


Development of Tourism Services and Infrastructure

1. Within their respective territories, the Parties shall permit the operation of the government travel promotion offices of the other Party under the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the host country.

2. In accordance with the provisions of their respective legislation, each Party shall:

a) permit public and private air, land, and sea carriers of the other nation to open sales agencies and appoint sales representatives in its territory so they can offer their services to the market;

b) encourage the transportation companies of the other nation and, in the terms of the bilateral Air Transport Agreement, to develop and promote through authorized and authorized sales agencies, departures from the corresponding territories at special or excursion fares in order to promote reciprocal tourism traffic;

c) permit the sale of promotional transportation tickets to be used in the territory of each Party by the transportation companies of the other nation, through the operation of authorized agencies.

d) expedite, as possible, the appointment of new air routes to transportation companies as established in the bilateral Air Transport Agreement signed by both countries.

3. The Parties, subject to the provisions of their respective legislation, shall take steps to eliminate obstacles to the tourism-related activities of travel agents, wholesalers, excursion operators, hotel chains, airlines, and bus and ship companies.

4. The Parties shall lay the foundations for on-going co-operation in planning, research, and the development of the tourism infrastructure.


Facilitation and Documentation

1. The Parties shall facilitate tourist exchanges between the two countries by simplifying or eliminating, as appropriate, procedural and documentation requirements.

2. Each Party shall facilitate the import and export of non-commercial documentation and materials for the purpose of promoting tourism, subject to their respective legislation.

3. The Parties shall encourage the training of personnel at ports of entry in their respective countries in order that visitors may receive proper and courteous treatment.

4. The Parties, on a reciprocal basis, shall facilitate the entry of experts in the field of tourism.

5. Both Parties recognize the need to take into account and promote, within their respective jurisdictions and administrative competencies, the health and well-being of visitors from the other country, and shall either provide information on the health services available or encourage government and non-government organizations or agencies to do so as needed.

6. Both Parties recognize the need to promote and facilitate investment by Canadians and Mexicans in their respective tourist sectors.


Tourism and Cultural Programs

1. Both Parties shall give priority to promoting tourism where each has identified its specific needs, particularly to those areas that are culturally representative of each country.

2. The Parties shall encourage a balanced and objective presentation of their respective historical and socio-cultural heritages, and shall encourage respect for human dignity and the preservation of cultural, archeological and ecological resources.

3. Both Parties shall exchange information on facilities for events and exhibitions, conventions and congresses in their respective countries.

4. Both Parties shall facilitate, as allowed by their legislations, the entrance of national artists from the other Party, who have been invited to participate at international cultural events to take place in its territory.

5. Each Party will be entitled to adopt the required measures to encourage the organization of binational cultural events which may serve to strengthen the relations and promote tourism.


Training in Tourism

1. The Parties shall encourage co-operation between experts in both countries so as to raise the level of expertise and professionalism of those involved in the promotion and development of tourism.

2. Both Parties shall encourage the exchange of technical and/or documentary information in the following areas:

a) methods and procedures to train teachers and instructors in the technical subjects, particularly the operation and administration of hotels;

b) scholarships for teachers, instructors and students;

c) curricula and study programmes for the training of personnel delivering tourism services;

d) curricula and study programmes for hotel management schools.


Exchange of Tourist Information and Statistical Data

1. Both Parties shall exchange information on their tourism industry as requested, as well as on legislation, statistics and other matters pertaining to tourist activities.

2. The Parties agree to create a Committee on Tourism Statistics, Analysis and Reports, formed by competent authorities from both countries.

a) This Committee shall undertake actions

(i) to allow the exchange and reconciliation of statistical data which will serve to assess the tourism activity between both countries, and

(ii) to improve the exchange of such information.

b) The Committee shall take into consideration jointly funded research studies.

c) The Committee shall meet, alternately in the United Mexican States and in Canada, based on a mutually agreed agenda being developed in advance.

3. The Parties deem it convenient to have an exchange of information on the volume and characteristics of the potential of the tourist market.

4. The Parties agree that the parameters established by the World Tourism Organization in collecting and presenting domestic and international tourist statistics should be the minimum standard.

5. Both Parties shall exchange information on the legislation in force in each country for the protection and conservation of natural and cultural resources as tourist attraction centres.


World Tourism Organization

1. The Parties shall work within the framework of the World Tourism Organization to develop and encourage the adoption of uniform standards and recommended practices which will facilitate tourism when adopted by the Governments.

2. The Parties shall offer reciprocal support in matters of cooperation and effective participation in the World Tourism Organization.



1. Both Parties agree that matters pertaining to tourism and the tourist industry shall be dealt with in bilateral consultations, when appropriate, attended by representatives from their government official tourism organizations. These meetings shall be held periodically, in alternating locations. When possible, these consultations shall be held in conjunction with the Canada-Mexico Joint Ministerial Committee.

2. Both Parties shall consider the possibility of appointing working groups to analyse and make recommendations on subjects contained in this Agreement based on agreed-upon work programs.

3. The Government of Canada designates the Department of Industry, Science and Technology (ISTC) as the agency responsible for executing this Agreement on behalf of Canada.

4. The Government of the United Mexican States designates the Secretariat of Tourism (SECTUR) as the agency responsible for executing this Agreement on behalf of Mexico.


Tourism Agreement of 1984 Superseded

This Agreement shall supersede and replace the Agreement on Tourism Co-operation between the Parties, signed May 8, 1984.



1. This Agreement shall enter into force on the date on which the Parties shall each have notified the other by Diplomatic Note that they have complied with their respective formalities.

2. The present Agreement shall remain in force for a period of five years from its entry into force, renewable by tacit agreement unless one or the other of the Parties gives notice of termination at least three months prior to the expiry date.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, duly authorized to that effect, have signed this Agreement.

DONE at Mexico City this 16th day of March 1990, in two originals, each in the English, French and Spanish languages, the texts in each of the three languages having equal authenticity.

David J. S. Winfield


Pedro Joaquin Coldwell


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