Mexico had 35 million global travelers last year

Published on : Tuesday, March 7, 2017

MexicoThe Mexico Tourism Board (SECTUR) recently announced that a record-breaking 35 million international visitors traveled to Mexico in 2016, representing a growth of 9% compared to 2015. This growth is more than twice the global industry average. Moreover, tourism spending by international visitors grew even faster, at 10.4%, showcasing Mexico’s appeal to luxury travelers, interest in multi-destination visits, and demand for Mexico’s gastronomy, artisanal goods and shopping offering.

 
To quote Lourdes Berho, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board, “Mexico’s sustained, fast growth is a testament to the incredible quality and diversity in our tourism offering and the hard work for the entire industry, both internationally and domestically. More than 9 million Mexicans working in the tourism and hospitality industry have made it their mission to ensure visitors have incredible experiences. Plans are already underway to ensure 2017 builds upon these achievements and that Mexico continues to welcome all visitors and give them reasons to come back again and again.”

 
Travelers from all over the world recognized Mexico as one of the most welcoming and friendliest places to visit in 2016. More than 94% visitors reported an experience that exceeded their expectations and 86% said that they would like to come back again. The New York Times named Tijuana (#8) and Puerto Escondido (#32) in their 52 Places to Go in 2017. Mexico City was featured as the #1 place to visit in their 2016 list.

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