According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO),tourism in Mexico’s Riviera Maya and the Caribbean region outpaced the rest of the world in 2012 and traffic is continuing to grow substantially in 2013,paving the way for a stellar upcoming year in 2014.
“Over one billion international tourists vacationed in the region in 2012 alone,” stated Beverly Nicholson-Doty,who is chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula,which includes the Riviera Maya and the nation’s only Caribbean Coast,was named one of the top destinations for tourism by leading U.S. travel experts,thanks in part to its vibrant traditional culture and wide variety of ancient archaeological sites.
“One thing is clear – travel to Mexico is still as hot as ever,particularly to such regions as the Yucatan Peninsula,” stated the Caribbean travel experts at Prohotel International. “In 2012 alone,more than 20 million U.S. tourists visited the country with more than 20 percent of travelers visiting the Riviera Maya."
In addition,the Riviera Maya Tourist Board announced recently that 2013 is shaping up to substantially surpass the more than 8 percent increase in travelers the region experienced in 2012.
The Riviera Maya begins just south of Cancun and runs all the way to Tulum along Mexico’s only Caribbean Coast. With mile after pristine mile of the world’s best beaches and the second largest barrier reef located just offshore,it’s easy to understand why visitors keep coming back year after year.
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In addition,Bloomberg reported this June that tourism is likely to jump from Mexico’s fifth-largest revenue stream to its third largest by 2018,as the number of annual international visitors continues to rise and even more modern infrastructure is put into place. In 2012,JP Morgan Chase & Co. reported that tourism generated an impressive $12.7 billion in foreign exchange inflows – a number that is expected to rise in 2013,2014 and beyond.
“The Mexican tourism sector’s gross domestic product rose 2.1 percent in the first quarter of 2013 relative to the same three-month period of last year,” the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI),told Fox News. “Tourism accounts for roughly nine percent of Mexico’s overall GDP,is the third-leading source of hard currency after oil revenues and provides direct employment to 2.5 million people.”