The Mexican government expects 52 million tourists to visit the five states corresponding to the so-called Maya World over the next 12 months for the start of a new cosmic cycle in the Maya calendar.
The tourism office said Wednesday in a communique that the visitors will spend about 270 million pesos ($19.5 million) in the southeastern states of Campeche, Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.
On Dec. 21, 2012, the Maya calendar will come to the end of its current cycle, and thus Wednesday marks the start of the countdown of the last year in that culture’s long-term solar calendar.
According to the Maya solar calendar, this coming year will be the last year in a cycle of 5,125 years – beginning in 3114 B.C. – and according to scientific evidence found in Maya stelas, codexes and other sources it presages “a change of epoch” for humanity.