Officials from the Mexican Ministry of Tourism announced Tuesday that a record number of tourists visited Mexico last year. The 22.67 million individuals who listed Mexico in their vacation plans in 2011 marked an increase of 0.2 percent over 2008’s erstwhile record-breaking numbers. Compared to 2010’s year-ending numbers, tourism numbers rose by 2 percent.
Mexico Tourism Board CEO Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete expressed joy over Mexico’s new tourism record and stressed that the country’s diversification plans had worked out as planned. As a result, this attracted a wider range of tourists in terms of country of origin, with some countries experiencing much greater gains than expected.
Lopez-Negrete added that the Mexico Tourism Board will be celebrating the new Mayan calendar and heavily promoting Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Yucatan as tourist spots. These five states comprise the scope of the ancient Mayan civilization.
Breaking down the figures posted by the Ministry of Tourism, 66 percent more Brazilians visited Mexico last year in comparison to two years ago. Other countries whose residents flocked to Mexico more often in 2011 than they did in 2010 were Russia, with a 55 percent increase in tourists and China, with a 30 percent increase.
The top ten list in this category was rounded up by Colombia, Italy, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Japan and Canada. However, less Americans were visiting Mexico in 2011, largely due to the worldwide economic crisis affecting the US more than most other countries. Nonetheless, for Americans, Mexico is still the most popular tourist destination outside of the fifty states.