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Mexico exceeds targets for tourist arrivals

According to the report of Mexico Ministry of Tourism, private investment for the maintenance and development of tourism projects in the period January 2007 to September 2012 has reached $20, 129, 900, 000 USD, a figure that has surpassed the established six-year target of 20 billion dollars. In the period from January to September alone, cumulative investment reached $1,820,340,000 USD.

This investment has been contributed in the development of 1,146 projects, strengthening the tourism of Mexico, which in turn will attract tourists and fulfill the commitments outlined in the National Agreement on Tourism. Places in central Mexico captured 30.7 percent of total resources, whereas the beach destinations have 35.1 percent, Mayan regions 20.9 percent and the northern border 13.3 percent. These private sector investments are complemented by the tourist programs and products developed during the administration of President Felipe Calderon, such as the ten Routes of Mexico, the Mundo Maya program, the 18 Gastronomic Routes and the strengthening of the Magic Towns.

According to the report of Mexico Ministry of Tourism, from January 2007 to September 2012, Mexico has witnessed a footfall of 130.6 million international tourists. The number of tourists staying overnight registered an increase of 18.3 percent reaching 75.5 million people, compared to 63.8 million registered from January 2001 to September 2006. Foreign exchange earnings from international visitors totaled $71,027,000,000 USD. Cruise passenger expense, generated revenues of $2,793,000,000 USD, which is 41.6 percent higher than $1,972,000,000 USD generated in revenue from January 2001 to September 2006.

The data provided by the Integrated System for Migration Operations (SIOM) says that 8.1 million international visitors traveled to Mexico by flight from January to September 2012, representing an increase of 6.1 percent over the same period in 2011. In September 2012, the number of air travelers coming from the United States by flight increased by 3.7 percent over the same month of 2011.

During the phase of January to October 2012, the flow of cruise passengers was 11.0 percent, which is higher than the same period the prior year.

In 2011, Mexico has exceeded the target of 165.8 million domestic tourists, attaining a total of 168.1 million domestic tourists. From January to September 2012, the number of domestic tourists totaled 133.2 million, 6.0 percent higher than the same period in 2011.

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