Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mexican tourism posts strong four month recovery

Half of all arrivals were Americans, followed by Canadians

Guadalajara -
Two weeks ago Mexico received some disappointing news from the the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The country fell to 24th place in 2012 measured by gross travel receipts, and to 13th place measured by the number of tourist arrivals. That was a drop of one step in the case of the former, and three in the case of the latter (both compared to 2011). Mexico drops another notch in gross tourism receipts.

But 2013 may turn out to be a very different year for the heavily tourism dependent economy. In the first four months, 4.36 million foreign visitors arrived, a 6.3% increase over the same period in 2012.

The numbers were released yesterday by a division of Mexico's National Institute of Migration (INM).

INM reported that as of Apr. 30, 2.27 million U.S. passport holders had passed through Mexican immigration controls, 6% more than the same period in 2012. Those travelers accounted for more than half of all foreign arrivals in the first 120 days of the year. Canadian visitors increased by almost the same percentage.

Mexico is developing a significant following among Asian travelers. South Korean tourists selecting Mexico increased by 32% in 2012, Japanese by almost 19% and Chinese by almost 14%

Other nations with expanding tourist interest in Mexico last year were Germany (up 18%), the United Kingdom (up 17%) and France (up 10%).

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