New data shows that while Mexico fell short of pre-pandemic totals, the country saw impressive growth in international tourism in September.
According to Mexico News Daily, a study by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) revealed that 2.77 million international travelers visited the country in September 2022, an increase of 12.9% compared to Last year.
September totals were still down 8.8% from 2019 and were down from summer traffic, leading 3.1 million international tourists to visit in August. The data also showed that 1.63 million tourists stayed at least one night in Mexico in September, a 27.1% increase from last year.
Travel spending rose, with the country earning $1.8 billion in September, and average spending by arriving air travelers hit $1,057 in September, a jump from the $1,123 average in September. September 2021.
In total, INEGI found that 27.5 million international tourists visited Mexico in the first nine months of the year, an increase of 22.4% compared to the same period in 2021. In 2019 , the country welcomed 32.8 million tourists in the first nine months of the year.
While total arrivals are down from 2019, spending figures for the first nine months of 2022 fell from $16.9 billion to $19.3 billion, in part due to the inflation and a higher cost of living.
Last month, the Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council revealed that the coveted Mexican Caribbean destinations of Cancun, Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres, Tulum, Chetumal and Holbox saw a total of 17 million tourist arrivals in January. to September 2022.
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