Dr. Nathalie Desplas
Secretary of Tourism of Mexico City
My name is Nathalie Desplas and I am the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico City as of July 2022. I have more than 25 years of experience in the tourism sector.
I studied a degree in Economics at the University of Social Sciences in Capitole, Toulouse 1, France, and was a lecturer and researcher in Economics and Tourism on topics such as tourism-based regional development, medical tourism, e-tourism and attracting tourism by nationality. I have also been an international lecturer in many countries and an organiser of international congresses and trade missions.
I obtained a Master's degree in Economics from the Université de La Sorbonne in Paris, France; and a PhD in Economics from the University of Havana, Cuba developing a thesis focused on a development programme for the attraction of European tourism in the Sierra Tarahumara of Chihuahua, Mexico.
I served as Director of the Tourism Research Centre at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Chihuahua. In this State I was also Director of the Adventure Park Barrancas del Cobre and Director at the Secretary of Innovation and Economic Development of the Government of Chihuahua.
Dear Dr. Nathalie Desplas, as Secretary of Tourism, we would like to know what your main objectives are for a city as important on the national and international scene as Mexico City.
The main objective is to consolidate the positioning of Mexico City as a tourist destination par excellence. Given its qualities, infrastructure, technological development, the warmth of its people, its geographical location and its benevolent climate, as well as its cultural heritage and history, Mexico City has it all and satisfies the needs of any local, national and international tourist.
One challenge is for families in the capital to benefit from tourism to improve their families' livelihoods and quality of life. The challenge is to "create a virtuous circle that generates more tourism revenue, above all to create jobs".
It is a great satisfaction to link supply and demand, that is to say, that is where employment is, and tourism really allows us to do that, and it is really fabulous.