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International Tourism to Mexico Up 12.3% in 2017

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December 20, 2017

Mexico's tourism industry, already the nation's fifth-biggest source of revenue, is seen taking on more economic importance by the end of 2018 as international visits rise and new infrastructure is built.

Mexico is on pace for another record year for tourism.

According to Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico (CPTM) general director, Hector Flores Santana, the economic flow generated by international visitors from January to September this year grew 9.6 percent, compared to the same period last year.

The figure amounts to accumulated growth of nearly 70 percent compared to just five years ago, according to Reportur.com.

The arrival of international tourists increased 12.3 percent to 28.6 million from January to September. Those same visitors spent a healthy $16 billion USD.

Enhanced air travel connectivity has greatly influenced the welcome tourism boom, according to the CPTM director.

"The growth in connectivity and the opening of new flights have contributed to this increase since air connectivity has registered great dynamism, an example of which is that in the January-October period about 152 thousand international flights arrived in the country, which represents a growth of 8.1 percent," said Flores Santana.

Tourism by air grew 10.9 percent, adding 13.8 million tourists in the period of January-September of this year. Since 2012 Mexico has seen 35 percent growth in international flights, adding about 39,000 additional trips in just five years' time.

The arrival of domestic tourists to Mexican hotels also grew over the first three-quarters of 2017, rising 6.4 percent from January to September.

Read the full article at TravelPulse.com.