President Enrique Peña Nieto highlighted the progress in the
tourism sector in the past three years.
“Tourism is not only one of
the largest sources of investment, employment and foreign exchange, but also a
sustainable activity that provides welfare and opportunities for the various
communities and regions in the country.”
The Sector in Figures In 2012, the number of
tourists arriving in the country was in the order of 23 million. In 2014,
Mexico returned to the list of the world’s ten most visited countries. And in 2015, it broke records, attracting approximately 30 million
-In 2015 32.1 million international
tourists visited Mexico (9.5% more than in 2014 and 37% more than in 2012).
- There are now 73 million
passengers using the various airports across the country; 18 million more
than three years ago.
- Foreign currency earnings from tourism reached unprecedented heights: $17.457 billion USD (7.7% more than in 2014 and 37% more than in 2012).
- Between 2012 and 2015, international tourist arrivals grew by 37.4
percent, from 23.4 million tourists in 2012 to 32.1 million in 2015. The number
of international tourists arriving in the country in 2015 exceeded the figures
for 2012 by 8.7 million.
- Foreign exchange earnings
from international visitors grew by 6.6 percent in January 2016. The rise meant
an economic impact of 1,684 billion pesos.
- The arrival of border
tourists increased by 6.5 percent, while the number of visitors arriving by air
rose by 11.7 percent in January 2016. Foreign exchange earnings from
international visitors stood at $1.684 billion USD.
- The economic benefits
observed in the first 31 days of 2016 were 6.6 percent higher than during the
same period in 2015, when $1.58 billion USD entered the country.
- In January 2016, 2.9 million international visitors
arrived in Mexico. This is a
10.9% increase over the figure recorded in the same period last year.
- The arrival of tourists by air, a key feature of foreign
tourism, rose by 11.7 percent, from 1.3 million to 1.5 million in January 2016.
- The flow of border tourism grew 6.5 percent from 1.1
million visitors in January 2015 to 1.2 million in January of this year.