Mexico will be positioned in 2022 in 28th place worldwide in per capita spending on international tourismaccording to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), celebrated this Sunday the Mexican Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués.
According to preliminary data from the UNWTO, Mexico closed 2022 in the sixth position in international tourist arrivals; in ninth place in foreign exchange, and now in 28th place in average spending per capita.
The Mexican official pointed out that the increase in average spending confirms the projections of the present Mexican public Administration, which opted to favor the income of foreign currency from international tourism, and increase per capita spending, rather than the number of tourists.
Priority is given to increasing foreign exchange earnings and per capita spending, rather than attracting a greater volume of tourists; with the purpose of boosting the economic flow, and that the benefits permeate towards the 235 places with a tourist vocation, in compliance with the presidential instruction to make tourism a tool for social reconciliation”, he highlighted.
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According to the UNWTO Ranking of Per Capita Expenditure 2022, the average per capita expense for international tourism in Mexico would amount to 731 dollarsexceeding 620.4 dollars in 2021.
Mexico was ranked 40th in per capita spending in 2018, with an average per capita spending of 545.3 dollars, while in 2019 it climbed to 36th place, with 545.8 dollars.
Meanwhile, by 2020, Mexico only rose one position to 36, with an average per capita expenditure of $452.8, according to preliminary data from the UNWTO.
In addition, Secretary Torruco considered the tourism policy implemented by the Mexican Government to not restrict international flights to Mexico to be correct, as well as all the management and attention due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the support of the private sector in implementing all preventive health measures in advance.
Besides, He stressed that the vaccination strategy had an impact on tourism only having a 46% drop in the arrival of international touristswhen the great powers that compete with Mexico from the economic point of view, fell 86%.
The head of the Ministry of Tourism of Mexico indicated that by 2023 the UNWTO highlighted that in the global environment and due to the increase in prices, tourists are expected to make short-distance trips more frequently “and make travel decisions based on the quality-price”.
Finally, he said that at the end of the Administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in October 2024, works such as trains, airports, highways, products and attractions will be completed “that will consolidate Mexico as a world economic powerhouse for tourism.”
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