In 2021, Mexico became the number one travel destination for American tourists

In 2021, Mexico has become the favorite destination for American tourists. (Photo: EFE/ Alonso Cupul/ File)

During 2021, Mexico was the number one tourist destination for Americanss, as reported by the Secretary of Tourism (Sectur), Michael Torruco.

In a statement from Sector, based on information from the United States Department of Commerce, Torruco explained that Mexico ranked first in participation in trips made by Americans, receiving 58.6% of the total.

That, the statement said, contrasts with 4.3% of trips made within Canada and 37.1% of total trips from the United States to other parts of the world.

Photo: EFE/Alonso Cupul/File
Photo: EFE/Alonso Cupul/File

Additionally, U.S. citizens increased their arrivals to Mexico by air by 100.9% compared to 2020, going from 5.16 million trips in 2020 to 10.77 million in 2021, which implies that it is 0.3% short of reaching 2019 levels.

Also in 2021 American tourist arrivals by air accounted for 72.7% of total arrivals.

In 2021, favorite places of American visitors were cancun (Quintana Roo), Capes (Baja California Sur), and the Mexico.

“This confirms the forecast that the reactivation of the tourism industry was going to be done with short distance trips, as is the case for destinations in Mexico which are on average four hours flight time from cities in the United States. United,” he explained. example in the statement.

According to the latest data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), Mexico welcomed 65.1% more international tourists in February than in the same month of 2021, still marked by the coronavirus pandemic .

Tourism Secretary Miguel Torruco explained that Mexico held the first position in the participation of trips made by Americans, receiving 58.6% of the total.  (Photo: EFE/Sáshenka Gutiérrez/File)
Tourism Secretary Miguel Torruco explained that Mexico held the first position in the participation of trips made by Americans, receiving 58.6% of the total. (Photo: EFE/Sáshenka Gutiérrez/File)

Mexico went from 1.59 million foreign tourists in February 2021 to 2.62 million in the second month of this year.

However, if the figure is compared to 3.76 million in the second month of 2020, a substantial drop of around 30.3% is still observed.

The main rebound occurred among tourists arriving by air, which in February 2021 represented only 698,000 people, while in the same month of 2022 there were around 1.78 million travelers, or 155, 5% more.

Cross-border tourists, on the other hand, fell by 5.9% over one year in February to 836,474 travellers.

The data reflects the impact of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, a disease that has so far claimed more than 5.73 million infections and 323,949 deaths in Mexico, one of the most touched in the world.

Photo: EFE/Alonso Cupul/File
Photo: EFE/Alonso Cupul/File

In February 2022, total tourist spending soared 164.7% year over year, from $799.1 million to $2,115.6 million.

If the data from last February is compared to the same month of 2020, the current figure is around $220 million lower.

The average spending of each tourist increased year-on-year from $235 in February 2021 to $457 in the second month of 2022, or 94.5% more.

For this 2022, the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) estimates the arrival of more than 40 million international tourists.

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Photo: EFE/David Guzman/Archive
Photo: EFE/David Guzman/Archive

Mexico’s tourism GDPwhich until before the coronavirus health crisis represented 8.6% of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2019, closed 2021 at 7.1% and in 2022 it will be 8.3%according to government estimates.

Even so, Mexico was the third most visited country in the world in 2020, a temporary phenomenon that is attributed to flexible sanitary measures in the country’s tourist areas.

Mexico was consolidated in 2019 as one of the 10 most visited countries in the worldwith more than 45 million international tourists who left 24 thousand 563 million, representing an annual growth of 9%.

With information from EFE

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