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Google to publicize Mexico’s historical sites

Google has signed an agreement with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History to promote archaeological and historial sites on Google Earth.

The government agency said it is working on more interactive and virtual tours, including 360-degree and rotating videos of pyramids and other sites.

The Institute’s 173 archeological sites and 116 museums were closed for more than a week at the height of the swine flu epidemic, but reopened in early May.

Tourism plunged following the outbreak. The Tourism Department said Tuesday that occupancy rates had fallen as low as nine to 12 per cent at the country’s nine biggest tourism sites one month ago, but has since recovered to about 43 per cent.

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