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Thursday March 24, 2011

End of the Mayan Calendar in 2012 Gives Mexico Reason to Promote Tourism

End of the Mayan Calendar in 2012 Gives Mexico Reason to Promote Tourism

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Though many are anxious about the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012, the Mexican government is using the opportunity to promote tourism.

Tourism Secretary Gloria Guevara, during the “Mexico: Gateway to the Americas” seminar in Mexico City, said that the end of the Mayan calendar has people all over the world considering it an apocalyptic omen.

“There’s lots of interest, more than 3 million websites around the world have been discussing what’s going to happen in 2012,” said Guevara. “Mark Dec. 21, 2012, on your calendars, it’ll be important to be in Mexico on that day.”

“We are going to stage a large number of events to let everybody know what’s happening in the Maya world,” the tourism secretary told El Pais, a Spanish-language daily newspaper.

Though no apocalyptic references to 2012 were ever made in the 15,000 existing Mayan texts, people have been speculated about the end of the world since the 1970’s, says the National Anthropology and History Institute.