New information has revealed that nearly three times as many international tourists visited Mexico in May than during the same period last year. But, this year’s May tourism volumes were still 23.2% lower than the May 2019 figures.
Data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI) reveals that nearly 2.66 million international tourists came to Mexico in May, representing an increase of almost 200% year-on-year. the other from the same month in 2020. In May of last year, with most international borders closed and much of the world stranded due to COVID-19, there were only 890,642 foreign visitors , although Mexico remained open to arrivals by air.
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Yet those numbers haven’t quite rebounded to pre-pandemic levels. In May 2019, 3.46 million international tourists came to Mexico, 800,000 more than in May of this year. According to Mexico News Daily, Tourism Minister Miguel Torruco predicted that the country’s tourism sector will not experience a full recovery until 2023.
Just over 1.5 million international arrivals in May spent at least one night in the country, while the remaining 1.15 million were day trippers near the border.
Of those who spent the night, 1.22 million arrived by air, a massive increase of 3,273 percent from the same month last year, although down 20.5 percent from the previous year. to May 2019. 25 percent from two years earlier
In May, international tourists spent US $ 1.59 billion in Mexico, up 931.5% from May 2020, but down 17.9% from May 2019. On average, every tourist foreigner spent $ 182, almost triple the $ 61 spent by each international visitor in the same month of 2020 and also up 67% from May 2019, when individuals spent an average of $ 109 each.
INEGI data showed that foreign tourists who traveled to Mexico by air spent an average of $ 1,062 each, an increase of 42.3% from May 2020 and also 5.3% by compared to the same month in 2019.
Tourism typically contributes almost 9% of Mexico’s overall GDP, but it is a much more vital part of the economy in areas heavily dependent on tourism like Quintana Roo on the east coast and Baja California Sur in the west. .
Mexico has retained its air borders throughout the pandemic and has not required inbound international travelers to provide negative COVID-19 tests or undergo a mandatory quarantine to enter. As a result, the World Tourism Organization (WHO) estimates that Mexico was the third most visited country in the world in 2020, behind only Italy and France. While the whole world was still open in 2019, it ranked seventh most visited.