Mexico City, Mexico — The Central de Abasto of Mexico City won the Excelencias Turísticas Award during the recent International Fair of Tourism (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain.
The large public market was recognized as a new tourist destination, not only from Mexico City, but also from Latin America. The head of government, Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa said that it is a prize in the transformation process that Central de Abasto (Ceda) is following.
La Ceda won the award after being selected by a jury composed of nine from different countries that specialize in markets, as well as in art and gastronomy.
The coordinator and general manager of the Central Supply, Sergio Palacios Trejo said that this achievement has been consolidated in less than a year through a strategy to detonate its traditional appeal and new elements such as the installation of murals, the increase of guided tours and a social impact for the community of this wholesale and retail center for consumer products.
He added that the number of visitors to the market for tourism purposes has increased. Mancera Espinosa highlighted that recognized chefs, businessmen, diplomatic delegations, public officials, media, university groups and visitors go to this wholesale market on a daily basis.
The proximity to the International Airport of Mexico City, as well as its road connectivity, make it a great attraction and with the increase of visitors from different segments, it plans to install a line of tourist buses that will attract national and international visitors, he explained.
On the cultural level, it has Central de Muros, an initiative in which 30 international artists paint the Ceda façade, taking up the graphic vocation of the beginning of the last century, which will culminate their work in November.
The Central de Abasto is Mexico City’s main wholesale market for produce and other foodstuffs run similarly to traditional public markets. It was constructed to be the meeting point for producers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers for the entire country. It is located in the eastern borough of Iztapalapa.