Fox News reports that Mexico foreign tourism is expected to grow by at least nine percent this year, according to the nation’s tourism secretary,Gloria Guevara. According to the report, the number of foreign tourists visiting Mexico real estate between January and July of 2012 has grown by more than six percent, compared to the same period of 2011.
This impressive increase led to Guevara’s prediction that last year’s record number of 23.4 million tourists will be surpassed in 2012.
“We’re estimating that we’ll grow between five and nine percent in 2012,” Guevara said during an appearance at a recent tourism conference in Quito. “Tourism numbers are expected to continue their upward trend.”
When asked about the impact of safety in Mexico upon its tourism numbers, Guevara was quick to point out that out of the nation’s 2,500 municipalities, drug-related issues are isolated in only 80 of them, none of which are tourist destinations.
“Tourist destinations are tranquil,” Guevara said. “They are at peace.”
In addition, Fox News reported that Mexico’s tourism secretariat has estimated that in 2012 the total number of domestic and international tourists who decide to visit Mexico will reach upwards of 200 million. This will shatter the previous record of 191 million, which was set just last year in 2011.
Tourism in 2011 experienced a significant boost from domestic Mexican travelers as well as foreign visitors, with domestic visits to tourist spots hitting 167 million. In addition, visitors from all over the world, including Brazil, Russia, Peru and China, visited Mexico last year in record numbers.
“Tourism accounts for nine percent of Mexico’s gross domestic product and employs 2.5 million people directly, along with nearly five million people indirectly,” Guevara stated at the conference.