Mexico shows highest increase in tourism in Latin America
Notimex reported Mexico remained as the undisputed leader of tourism in Latin America, receiving 33 percent of all tourists and 21 percent of all tourism revenues in the region.
Mexico received 32.1 million tourists in 2015, an increase of 2.7 million compared to 2014, according to a publication statement.
This was the highest increase in Latin America in real terms, while the increase in percentage was 9.4 percent, the sixth biggest achievement of the region in 2015.
Regarding tourism revenue, that figure increased $1.5 billion dollars to reach $17.7 billion dollars, representing the largest increase in real terms.
While in percentage terms the increase was also 9.4 percent, which resulted to be the fifth largest increase.
However the expenses of each tourist in Mexico are not the best, according to Latinvex. On average the tourists only spent $552 dollars, below the regional average of $854 dollars and far behind the leader Panama, where they spent on average $1,991 dollars each.
The revenues from tourism throughout Latin America grew 4.6 percent last year, totaling $83 billion dollars, while the tourists’ number increased 7.5 percent and reached $97.1 million dollars.
Due to a drop of 14.6 percent in tourism revenues last year, Brazil now ranks behind the Dominican Republic as the second largest recipient of tourism in Latin America.
However, the South American country continues as the second market in terms of tourists’ number.