· According to the World Tourism Organization, by beating the Russian Federation, Mexico moved up from tenth to ninth place as regards the number of international tourist arrivals.
· The president met with the WTO Secretary General.
At the official residence of Los Pinos, President Enrique Peña Nieto today received Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Taleb Rifai, who informed him that Mexico rose to ninth place in the ranking of international tourist arrivals by beating Russia in the WTO ratings.
According to the data from that Organization, in 2015, Mexico recorded annual growth of 9.5 percent in international tourist arrivals, enabling it to move from tenth to ninth place.
The World Tourism Organization noted that in the Barometer 2016, the Russian Federation reported a growth rate of 6.2 percent, representing 31,699,000 visitors, in other words, 446,000 fewer arrivals than those observed for Mexico in 2015, which reported an influx of 32.1 million international tourists.
Secretary of Tourism Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, also present at the meeting, said that according to the WTO’s Barometer for March 2016, the arrival of more tourists allowed Mexico to move up five positions in foreign exchange earnings, from 22nd to 17th place on the list published by this international organization.
The WTO said that as a result of the 7.7 percent annual growth observed in foreign exchange earnings from international visitors during 2015, Mexico obtained revenues of $17.457 billion USD.