The Numbers Speak

Mexico reports significant tourism increase

By: By Skye Mayring

The first seven months of 2008 provided Mexico with an influx of approximately $8.47 million dollars in foreign tourist spending, according to Rodolfo Elizondo Torres, Mexico’s secretary of tourism. The findings signify a 6.3 percent increase compared to the same period in 2007.

Likewise, the secretary of tourism reported that the average spending of tourists who traveled farther than the border — those who stayed longer and spent more — was $788 dollars per trip, which represents an increase of 3.8 percent from last year.

Secretary Elizondo emphasized that the airline industry transported 26.5 million passengers between January and July of 2008, 6.1 percent more than in 2007.

The numbers are also good for job stimulation in Mexico. Elizondo said that as of July 2008, the Mexican Social Security Institute had a registry of 2.234 million workers in the tourism industry, representing a 2.3 percent higher rate than last year’s.

According to the most recent data from the Bank of Mexico’s International Visitor Count, Secretary Elizondo said, the country also received 13.620 million tourists in the first seven months.