Fox News reports that Mexico hosted at least 11.8 million international visitors by air in 2013,according to figures from the nation’s tourism secretary. This impressive figure does not take into account the many additional visitors who arrived via other transportation methods last year.
“The Bank of Mexico reported that 21.2 million foreigners visited the country during the first 11 months of 2013,generating revenues of $12.3 billion,a figure that was up 8.79 percent from the same period in 2012,” writes Fox News.
According to the secretary’s office,tourism numbers for December of last year were equally remarkable,with a rise of 7.8 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Although the United States remains the number one source of foreign visitors to Mexico,recent years have also seen a growing number of visitors from around the world,and the last 12 months was no exception to this trend.
2013 brought at least 6.5 million U.S. tourists to Mexico; a number that grew by more than 9 percent from the previous year. The number of new visitors from Columbia last year marked the biggest change,however,with numbers rising by at least 60.4 percent,while the number of Canadian visitors grew by 1.8 percent and arrivals from Russia increased by nearly 40 percent. Also of note,there was an increase of 39 percent in the number of tourists heading to Mexico from Peru,while arrivals from China grew by 26.6 percent. Tourism currently accounts for around 9 percent of Mexico’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs more than 2.5 million people.
According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO),Mexico is already the number one destination in Latin America,prompting both regional and international investors and entrepreneurs to pledge a record investment amount of more than $4.5 billion in new tourism and infrastructure projects. According to Mexico’s National Tourist Business Council,the investments will fund nearly 50 new projects that span all areas of the tourism sector,including hotels,airport and other infrastructure,new golf destinations,restaurants,entertainment venues and more. In addition,market research group Business Monitor International (BMI) released its Mexico Tourism Report for the first quarter of 2014 this week,which found the industry has “enormous long-term potential.”
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