Mexico’s Arrival Ranking on the Rise

Country edges up a notch in World Tourism Organization figures

By: Dawna Robertson

Things are looking up with Mexico tourism these days. According to World Tourism Organization (WTO) figures, the country’s ranking in international tourism arrivals has risen from eighth to seventh place. Tourism Secretary Rodolfo Elizondo noted that reports indicated approximately 21.9 million international guests visited Mexico in 2005.

Tourism providers are rushing to meet the increasing demand for service. For example, there are currently 23 new flights to Mexico from the United States, and Canadians can count on an additional three flights to Mexico.

“More and more leisure and business travelers are discovering the many benefits of a Mexican vacation,” said Elizondo. “Our country not only offers visitors beautiful beaches, an almost endless array of cultural destinations and many exciting adventure tourism options, but Mexico does it all while providing tourists with great value and gracious service.”

Sectur reports that Mexico’s tourism industry was responsible for generating 1.9 million direct jobs in 2005, up 3 percent over 2004 numbers. With the tourism industry so favorably impacting the country and its people, Mexico continues to invest considerable time and effort into further developing it.

The Mexican government has a comprehensive, long-term tourism plan in place to guide its efforts through 2025. The plan’s goal is to consistently increase both the number of international visitors and the amount of tourism revenue.

Created in 1999, the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) is Mexico’s tourism promotion agency, and its participants include members of both the private and public sectors. MTB brings together the resources of federal and state governments, municipalities and private companies to promote Mexico's tourism attractions and destinations internationally. Its offices are located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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