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Despite the Violence, Tourism Grows in Mexico

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The number of domestic and foreign tourists who traveled to Mexico in 2011 stood at 190 million, 3.7% higher than 2010, according to Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism. Demand for the country’s beaches and ruins has surged despite drug fueled violence and U.S. Government travel warnings.

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Original Article Text From El Univesal via Google Translate :

Tourism in Mexico Reached a Record in 2011

The Secretary of Tourism reported that the number of domestic and foreign tourists in the country last year hit a record, to reach nearly 190 million visitors, a figure 3.7% higher than that achieved a year earlier. Of this total Sectur and Bank of Mexico accounted for 22.67 million international tourists, which means an annual increase of 2%, to settle at the highest level on record.

Moreover, the total number of international travelers to the country, including border, no border and cruise ships, amounted to 73 million 958 thousand, a figure lower than 7.3% a year earlier, according to latest figures Banco de Mexico.

This resulted in the total flow of foreign exchange for international visitors recorded an annual decline of 0.8% to reach 11 thousand 662 million dollars.

According to the report Progress of Performance Indicators Programs Approved in Budget Federal Expenditures for Fiscal Year 2011, for the fourth quarter of 2011, released on 30 January, Tourism Ministry said that “in 2011 international economic situation underwent stagnation problems that inhibited growth in international tourism flows. This circumstance in the case of Mexico was aggravated by the climate of insecurity that was present in some tourist destinations. ” In fact, the goal of foreign exchange from tourism last year was 12.7%, which was not achieved.

Despite this, in the newsletter yesterday, Tourism Ministry warns that derived from market diversification efforts and facilitate migration, the number of visitors from other countries in the period January to December 2011 compared to 2010, increased.

For example, during 2011 compared to the previous year, there was an increase in the number of tourists from Brazil (66%), Russia (55%), Peru (37%), China (30%), Colombia (23.2 %), Argentina (18%), Italy (13%), Australia (13%) United Kingdom (11.6%), France (10%), Japan (9.3%) and Canada (7%).

For U.S. Tourism Ministry recognizes that the economic crisis in that country has meant that fewer Americans traveling abroad. According to the Department of Commerce United States, has fallen 4.1% of U.S. output by air to other countries. The economic situation in that country led to a decline in visitors by air from 3% to our country.

However, international airlines have experienced significant growth over the number of passengers. For example, comparing 2011 against 2010, British Airways rose 71%, 42% United Airlines, Delta Airlines 29%, 22% Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and Continental 6% 2%.

The national airlines had a higher growth of passengers on domestic flights, according to Tourism Ministry are: Interjet 58%, 43% Aeromexico, Viva Aerobus and Volaris 36% 27%.

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