Mexico received 28.5% more international tourists last January than in the same month of 2022accompanied by an increase of more than 41% in foreign currency income, reported this Friday the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi).
3.39 million foreign tourists entered the country in the first month of 2023compared to 2.64 million in the same period of the previous year, according to the report of the autonomous body.
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The main annual rise occurred in tourists by air, which in January 2023 increased by 32.8% to exceed 1.97 million people, while in the same month of 2022 they were close to 1.48 million.
The data reflects the impact of the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has left more than 330,000 deaths in Mexico, the fifth country with the most absolute deaths in the world.
On the other hand, in January 2023, Total spending by international tourists shot up 41.4% year-on-year to 2,643.5 million dollars from a previous figure of 1,869.4 million dollars last year.
Likewise, the average expenditure of each tourist grew by 10.1% to 778.16 dollars in January compared to 706.87 dollars in the first month of 2022.
Mexico had 38.3 million international tourists during 2022, 20.3% more than in 2021.
Foreign currency income from international visitors in that year was 26,346.9 million dollarsmore than 42% than a year earlier.
The tourism gross domestic product (GDP) of Mexico, which before the health crisis represented 8.6% of the national economy in 2019, closed 2021 at 7.1% and it is estimated that in 2022 it did so at 8.3%, according to government projections.
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 tourist areas of the country.
Before the pandemic, Mexico was consolidated in 2019 as one of the 10 most visited countries in the world, with more than 45 million international tourists who left 24.563 million dollars, an annual growth of 9%.
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