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The Mexican government is paying its workers to go on their holliers in Ireland

The new scheme is designed to strengthen the ‘economic and commercial relationship’ between Ireland and Mexico.

Image: LWYang via Flickr/Creative Commons

THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT is to provide almost €1,700 to federal employees who wish to pay a visit across the Atlantic.

Under the new Ireland Mexico Social Tourism Programme, launched during Minister for Justice Alan Shatter’s trip to the country last weekend, employees can travel to Ireland on trips designed to “promote social inclusion and the development of communities”.

Also on the trip to Mexico, Shatter discussed a “further deepening of economic and commercial relationships” between the two countries with Mexican Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade

Turissste, part of the Mexican Social Security Agency (IMSS), is working with Abbey Tours and a Mexican travel company to put together the programme.

The first group will be flying out on 27 April and given $2,300 USD to spend.

“I am very proud that Ireland has been accepted as the first partner country by Turissste,” Minister Shatter said.

Under this Programme, two million federal employees in Mexico will be supported in travelling abroad for social tourism.

The Mexican people do not need a visa to travel to Ireland, which is a major advantage in attracting Mexican visitors to Ireland. I hope as a result of the signing of this agreement we will see in the coming years a substantial number of tourists from Mexico visiting Ireland.

The Minister described Abbey Tours as “one of Ireland’s oldest and most experienced travel agents will promote this package in Ireland and I have no doubt they will offer an excellent service to its clients”.

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