Mexico Remains Top Travel Destination for US Market
MEXICO CITY, Mexico - The Mexico Ministry of Tourism and the Mexico Tourism Board reported that as a result of the promotional strategies implemented in international markets, Mexico remains the top travel destination for the U.S. market; in the second quarter of the year. In addition, the intent of North Americans to travel to Mexico grew 5.3 percent compared to the same period in 2011.
The Governing Board of the Mexico Tourism Board, the Secretary of Tourism and Director General of the Board, Secretary Gloria Guevara, explained that in the period January to July 2012, the number of international tourists (those which travel to Mexico, stay at least one night, and cross the border) increased by 4.1 percent with respect to the same period the prior year.
Before representatives of the tourism business sector including travel agencies, hotels, restaurants, developers, trucking and air travel, as well as the Secretaries of Tourism of Mexico's states and federal authorities, Secretary Guevara noted that the spending of international visitors has increased by 7.2 percent during this period, indicating that not only did Mexico receive a great number of tourists, but also an increased economic impact.
Visitor arrivals by air to Mexico during the period January to August 2012 increased 6.1 percent with respect to 2011, 4.9 percent compared to 2010 and 11.7 percent compared to 2008.