Mexico 1st tourist destination in the United States in 2021

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Mexico 1st tourist destination in the United States in 2021
Source: Twitter @AICM_mx
April 20, 2022

The Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués, reported that in 2021, the share of trips made by Americans to Mexico was 58.6%


The head of the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) pointed out that this contrasts with the 4.3% of trips made to Canada and 37.1% of the total trips from the United States to other regions of the world.

He indicated that the percentage share of total American trips made to the North American region in 2021 was 62.9%, both by air and by other means, while the remaining 37.1% corresponded to other regions of the world: The Caribbean, 13.0%; Europe, 10.7%; Central America, 5.3%; Middle East, 3.1%; South America, 2.9%, Asia, 1.3%, Africa, 0.7%; and, Oceania with 0.1%. 

Torruco Marqués highlighted that only when considering air travel, in 2021 US citizens increased their arrivals to Mexico by 100.9%, going from 5 million 16 thousand trips in 2020, to 10 million 77 thousand trips in 2021, so only an additional 0.3% is missing to reach the levels observed in 2019, when 10 million 107 thousand tourists arrived by air.

The head of Sectur stressed that this confirms the forecast that the reactivation of the tourism industry was going to happen with short-distance trips, as is the case with destinations in Mexico, which are on average four hours by flight from United States cities.

To put into perspective, in the preference of US citizens to travel to Mexico by air, based on information from the Migration Policy Unit, it is found that in 2021 arrivals by air of US tourists represented 72.7% of the total Arrivals.

The Secretary of Tourism specified that the arrival by air of American tourists to our country was made preferably through the airports of Cancun, Los Cabos and Mexico City in 2021.

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