Monday, September 1, 2014
Despite U.S. warnings, Mexican tourism is posting record results
The U.S. State Dept. warns American travelers once or twice a year about the hazards presented in many of Mexico's 32 states. It did so most recently on Aug. 15. State's latest warning about Mexican travel risks angers Peña Nieto administration.
But while officials here invariably express annoyance with such ominous notices from north of the border, calling them distortions and overstatements, they appear to have had virtually no impact on a staple of the national economy.
Last week Mexico's Secretary of Tourism reported that international arrivals through June 30 broke historic records. SECTUR said 14.2 million visitors arrived from abroad in the first half of this year, pumping $8.44 billion U.S. dollars into the industry. Not all of those were Americans, but many were.
A SECTUR undersecretary said 2014 could solidly beat last year, when 24 million travelers selected Mexico as their destination. Mexican tourism up in 2013, government reports
"These are great numbers for the industry," he noted. "We have to keep working to increase them even more."
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