Mexico welcomed a record-breaking 39.three million guests in 2017, a 78.7 per cent enhance in worldwide visitation to the nation since 2012.
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation declared this yr that Mexico is now the world’s sixth most visited nation, a leap from being quantity 15 within the organisation’s rating in 2012.
The Mexico Tourism Board hails this achievement as the results of a multi-faceted effort to advertise Mexico on the world stage.
Immediately, Mexico’s tourism business accounts for 8.7 per cent of the nation’s GDP with $21.three billion in customer spend, and is the supply of ten million jobs.
“Our objective at the beginning of this administration was to create packages that be sure that Mexico thrives as a tourism powerhouse,” mentioned Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, Mexico secretary of tourism.
“We credit score our success in accelerating the expansion of our tourism business with the next crucial components: elevated air connectivity, the event of latest tourism merchandise, fostering high-potential markets, and bringing large-scale occasions to Mexico.
“A sturdy tourism business creates alternatives for extra individuals to be taught, work and develop proper right here in Mexico, which proves what we now have all the time recognized to be true – when tourism grows, Mexico grows.”
Growing air connectivity to precedence markets was a crucial element of the tourism progress technique, as Mexico centered on strengthening its airport community, increasing a number of terminals with state-of-the-art know-how.
Nationwide routes have grown 41 per cent and worldwide routes have grown by 28 per cent.
Amongst new worldwide routes are the Helsinki – Puerto Vallarta flight from Finnair and the Tokyo – Mexico Metropolis continuous flight from All Nippon Airways; each routes opened final yr.
Air connectivity continued to be a precedence this yr, with 1.5 million seats added to direct flights to Mexico.
Mexico’s sturdy dedication to rising air connectivity to match shopper demand has led to investments in creating shut partnerships with airways, accommodations, and the tourism business.
In consequence, since 2012 Mexico noticed a rise of 33 per cent in customer arrivals from Europe, a 96 per cent enhance in customer arrivals from South America, and a 127 per cent enhance in customer arrivals from Asia.