Foreign tourists arrivals to Mexico decline more than 60%


The Mexico City airport experienced a reduction of 62.4%, going from 2.9 million to 1.1 million visitors.

The number of foreign tourists who arrived in Mexico by air between January and July of this year fell by 57.5% due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reported the Mexican Secretariat of Tourism.

In a statement the institution detailed:

During the first seven months of this year, 5.7 million international tourists arrived in the country by air, representing a decrease of 6.78 million compared to the same period in 2019. “

Tourists from the United States, the most numerous that come to Mexican territory, fell by 55.3%, from 3.87 million in 2019 to 2.77 million this year.

Those of Canada fell 41.5%; those of Colombia 63.6%; those of France 51.1%; those of Brazil 62.3%; those of the United Kingdom 73.9%; those of Argentina 66.9%; those of Spain 67.4%; those of Peru 59.4%; and those of Germany 60.7%.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the rest of the countries under 61%. The rest of nationalities counted 670 thousand 429 tourists, one million 50 thousand less and a decrease of 61 percent, with a market share of 13.4 percent.

The Cancun airport, in the Mexican Caribbean, the busiest in the country, registered a 59% reduction in foreign tourists, going from 5.13 million in 2019 to 2.4 million this year.

Almost 60% of the arrival of foreign tourists to Mexico falls due to a pandemic (EFE)

The Mexico City airport experienced a reduction of 62.4%, going from 2.9 million to 1.1 million visitors.

Mexico, which exceeded 64,000 deaths and close to 600,000 infections of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, closed the non-essential economy between April and May and began a gradual reopening with sanitary restrictions in June, which includes hotels.

Although the country did not close airports or limit the arrival of tourists, the tourism industry was affected by the closure of air routes.

Tourism contributed almost 9% of the national gross domestic product (GDP) and more than 4 million jobs before the pandemic, according to the National Tourism Business Council (CNET), which estimates that there are 500,000 companies at risk.

Mexico became the sixth most visited country in the world in 2017, surpassed by France, Spain, the United States, China and Italy.


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