On average,more than 20 million travelers head to Mexico each year to enjoy the warm sparkling water and soft sandy beaches. As the eighth most-visited country in the world,Mexico’s economy receives a serious boost from the tourism industry each year and the country’s infrastructure remains competitive to keep up with the demand.
According to the Mexico Ministry of Tourism and the Mexico Tourism Board,Mexico has held a firm grasp on its status as the top travel destination for the U.S. market in 2012. In fact,these agencies reported that in the second quarter of this year,the number of U.S. citizens planning to visit Mexico real estate grew by more than 5.3 percent,compared to the same period in 2011.
Furthermore,Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism Gloria Guevara announced that from January through July of 2012 the number of international visitors to Mexico grew by more than 4 percent compared to the same period in 2011. In addition,Guevara shared that spending among international travelers has risen by more than 7.2 percent in 2012,which has also increased the overall economic impact tourism has had in the country.
Between January and August of 2012 the number of international travelers arriving in Mexico by air rose by more than 6 percent compared to 2011. Compared to 2010 this number rose by nearly 5 percent and it grew by more than 11.7 percent compared to the same period in 2008. This includes an 85 percent increase in travelers from Russia,a more than 51 percent increase in visitors from Brazil,a more than 45 percent increase from Venezuela,and a more than 27 percent increase among visitors from China and Argentina,respectively.
Secretary Guevara also reported that hotel occupancy rates in all of Mexico’s 70 most popular destinations have increased steadily for the last 17 months,and in 2012 have already surpassed the numbers from 2008. Finally,the average number of occupied rooms in these areas between January and September of 2012 has reportedly increased by 8.5 percent compared to the same period in 2011,thanks in part to growing interest in various destinations throughout the Riviera Maya.