After receiving the recognition as a Magical Town, Tlaquepaque will concentrate on improving the urban image and tourist offerings.
“We have been working since the first administration: we modified streets, the whole electrical systems, and (for) that, we finally receive the name Magical Town, because from here we have to make many changes to the 42 blocks that make Tlaquepaque,” said the Mayoress, María Elena Limón, in a television interview.
She added that they will work with the National Chamber of Commerce of Guadalajara (Canaco) and restaurateurs, artisans, hoteliers and other local tourism workers to preserve the distinction.
The coordinator of Economic Promotion and Combat of Inequality of this metropolitan municipality, Vicente García, indicated that Tlaquepaque receives 2.3 million visitors every year, who leave an economic income of $450 million pesos.
The official emphasized that in the 42 blocks of the district, there is the greatest number of tourism services of heritage, artisan workshops, gastronomic offer, and complementary services.
He said they worked for three years with local businessmen to obtain the name Magic Town, which they got thanks to its architectural heritage, but also to its cuisine and cultural expressions.
Tlaquepaque surpassed Ajijic, Jamay, San Gabriel, Guachinango, San Miguel el Alto and San Juan de los Lagos, who also sought the distinction this year, and became the eighth Magical Town of Jalisco.
The others are Mascota, San Sebastián del Oeste, Tequila, Lagos de Moreno, Tapalpa, Mazamitla and Talpa de Allende.
“With the recognition, Tlaquepaque has access to resources to improve the urban image, streets, sidewalks, facades, access to the town, and, above all, it is involved in the great promotional campaigns of the Federal Secretariat of Tourism and those that we do in the State,” explained the state Tourism Secretary, Enrique Ramos.
Tlaquepaque has 14 boutique hotels in the Center that have 136 rooms. In the periphery it registers another 450 rooms.
Some of its sites of interest, in addition to the shops and restaurants, are the Regional Museum of Ceramics, the Craftsman’s House, the Hidalgo Garden or the Shrine of Our Lady of Solitude.