Monday, February 3, 2014

Mexican tourism up in 2013, government reports

*Content updated Feb. 16*
Guadalajara -
Mexico's Secretary of Tourism (SECTUR) has reported that the industry grew by 9% in 2013, when 23.7 million foreign visitors arrived in the country. Those travelers spent an estimated $13.8 billion dollars in the domestic economy.

SECTUR based its report on data provided by the National Immigration Institute (INM), Mexico's customs and passport control agency, and by Banixco, the nation's central bank.

The average foreign tourist spent 7.3% more in 2013 than the year before, according to SECTUR, likely representing improved economic conditions in their countries of origin.

About half of all visitors - 12.2 million people - arrived by air, 11% more than in 2008. More than half of them were U.S. nationals, amounting to nearly 6.5 million people.

In December tourism was 7.8% higher than the same month in 2012, SECTUR reported.

Canadian tourism to Mexico increased by 1.8% in 2013, according to SECTUR.

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