International tourism to Mexico could swell 65% next year

Published on : Tuesday, December 29, 2020

International tourism to Mexico could go up as much as 65% next year if the corona virus crisis goes away and the situation becomes better, and even a worst-case scenario would still bring more travelers than in 2020, as said by Mexico’s tourism ministry.


The pandemic has battered the travel industry globally, including Mexico’s popular beach resorts like Cancun and Los Cabos. Only 25.9 million foreigners visited Mexico this year, which is 42% less than in 2019.


If tourism gets back on track under an “optimistic” scenario, it could attract as many as 42.7 million people, representing around $17.4 billion in spending. A “conservative” view forecasts 34.5 million people generating $15.6 billion, while a “pessimist” forecast is for 26.3 million people and $13.8 billion.


“Even in the worst case the trend will be positive,” said the tourism ministry in a statement.


The corona virus crisis pushed Mexico’s economy into its worst recession in decades, with the central bank forecasting a downfall between 8.7% and 9.3% in 2020.

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