Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism has announced that in July of this year, the number of international tourists arriving in Mexico by air increased by 27.5%, icompared to July 2009. This July, Mexico’s airports received 899,172 foreign visitors, 193,899 more than last year.
According to National Institute of Migration, Canadian passengers arriving in Mexico increased by 65.8% representing a total of 57,587 visitors. The United States remains the largest market source for travellers into Mexico, seeing 583,732 Americans arriving in the country, a 20.1% increase in comparison to 2009.
With the United States and Canada holding the top two spots in number of visitors, Spain comes in at number three with 35,893 travellers followed by France with 17,564 arrivals.
When it comes to Latin America, Argentina is the country with the most air travellers visiting Mexico, seeing 16,235 tourists touching down in one of Mexico’s many airports followed by Brazil with 13,546.
From January to July of this year, more than 6 million tourists travelled into Mexico via air, representing a 19.8% increase from the same period in 2009.
As visitation has risen this year, so has investment in Mexico’s tourism sector between January and July. Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Gloria Guevara Manzo, reported that Mexico’s federal government has invested more than $3 billion into new tourism projects, generating 12,000 new jobs in the tourism sector.
Furthermore, Secretary Guevara Manzo reported that from January to June 2010, $1.833 billion dollars were attributed to private sector investment, of which 88.4% were from domestic investors and 11.6% from foreign investors. These resources were channeled to the development of 402 projects, with 50.4% located in the center of the country, 36.6% located in beach zones, 9.2% in the northern border, and 3.8% in the “Mayan world.” The level of private investment has seen a 29.2% increase over the amount recorded in the same period of 2009.