Mexico City.- The Governing Board of the Mexico Tourism Board said the number of international tourists, those which travel to Mexico, stay at least one night, and cross the border, increased by 4.1% with respect to the same period the prior year.
The Secretary of Tourism and Director General of the Board, Secretary Gloria Guevara, said to representatives of the tourism business sector including travel agencies, hotels, restaurants, developers, trucking and air travel, as well as the Secretaries of Tourism of Mexico’s states and federal authorities that the spending of international visitors has increased by 7.2% during this period.
Guevara added that not only did Mexico receive a great number of tourists, but also an increased economic impact. Visitor arrivals by air to Mexico during the period January to August 2012 increased 6.1% with respect to 2011, 4.9% compared to 2010 and 11.7% compared to 2008.
Secretary Guevara said that the performance of the country’s 70 principal tourist centers in terms of average occupied rooms reported positive figures; average hotel occupancy has grown for 17 consecutive months, and has already exceeded that of 2008.