Religious tourism leaves a spill of 20 billion pesos in Mexico
The Secretary of Tourism assured that the celebrations of the Virgin of Guadalupe represent the reactivation of the segment in his country
The Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, affirmed that the celebrations of December 12 represent the reactivation of religious tourism in the country.
He specified that local and ecclesiastical authorities estimate that in 2021 the total number of pilgrims to the Basilica of Guadalupe will be around 4,500,000.
He also indicated that the ecclesiastical sector estimates that 40 million people participate annually in pilgrimages, visiting the 10 main sanctuaries in Mexico:
1. Virgen de Guadalupe, Mexico City.
2. Virgin of the Immaculate Conception of San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco.
3. Virgin of Our Lady of the Rosary, Jalisco.
4. Señor de Chalma, State of Mexico.
5. Virgin of Our Lady of Juquila, Oaxaca.
6. Virgin of Zapopan, Jalisco.
7. Santo Niño de Atocha, Zacatecas.
8. Cristo Rey, Guanajuato.
9. Santo Toribio Romo, in Santa Ana de Guadalupe, Jalisco.
10. San Miguel del Milagro, Tlaxcala.
Torruco Marqués added that religious tourism generates an economic spill of around 20 billion pesos each year, generating for this reason, at the international level, a flow of travelers coming, mainly, from the United States, Colombia, Spain, Brazil, Argentina. , The Philippines, Italy and Bolivia.
According to data for 2019, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and The World Religious Travel Association (WRTA), globally there is an annual displacement of between 300 and 330 million tourists that visit the most important religious enclaves in the world, adding 600 million national and international religious trips, with an approximate expenditure of 18 thousand to 20 thousand million dollars.
"UNWTO estimates that about 20 percent of world tourism travels to religious and spiritual tourism," he said.
The head of the Ministry of Tourism pointed out that this segment of travelers has a range of activities ranging from pilgrimage to multiple Marian shrines, through masses, sacraments and retreats. These activities are intertwined with visits to Magical Towns and World Heritage Cities, with a clear tourist focus on gastronomy and culture.