Dallas mayor heads to Mexico on first international trip – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson is heading to Mexico on Monday for his first international trip as mayor.
Johnson is heading to Mexico City and Monterrey, which has a sister city relationship with Dallas, to promote the city and restore ties severed during the pandemic.
The mayor said international business is vital to the city’s economic competitiveness in the future.
“As an international city that leads the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, it’s important for us to stand tall on the world stage,” Mayor Johnson said. “This trip comes at the right time. After enduring two difficult years of the pandemic, Dallas is back – and we want the world to know it. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the great cities of Mexico City and Monterrey And I’m confident that our time in both cities will help our city build new relationships and strengthen long-standing bonds.”
City officials said in a statement that the trip was proposed last year when the city hosted Roberto Velasco Álvarez, director general of the North America unit at Mexico’s foreign ministry. Velasco visited Dallas City Hall accompanied by Francisco de la Torre, Consul General of Mexico in Dallas.
De la Torre invited Johnson to visit Mexico and helped plan his itinerary. He will accompany her on the trip to Mexico.
“I am thrilled that Mayor Johnson’s first official international trip will be to Mexico, visiting Mexico City and Monterrey – two of Dallas’ major business partners,” de la Torre said. “This trip is especially important because of the Sister City relationship between Monterrey and Dallas.
In a statement, De la Torre said that 35% of all Mexican investment in the United States is headquartered in the Dallas metro area, “and the contribution of the Mexican community has been very important for economic growth and culture of this region.
The city said that before the coronavirus pandemic, Mexican visitors spent nearly $460 million in Dallas in 2019, according to VisitDallas. This accounted for 44% of international visitor spending in Dallas that year. And as Mexico’s tourism to Dallas increased dramatically between 2014 and 2019, spending by Mexican visitors increased by 40%.
And in 2021, trade between the Dallas area and Mexico totaled nearly $1.5 billion, according to the Dallas Regional Chamber.
Johnson is scheduled to leave for Mexico Monday evening and will return to Texas on Thursday. Later this year, Johnson also plans to visit Dijon, France, another Dallas sister city.