Improved air connectivity boosted arrival of US tourists in Mexico: Sectur

In the first months of the year almost four million overseas visitors arrived.

By Notimex Monday, July 16, 2018 comments

The strengthening of air connectivity between Mexico and the US has caused tourism to surge by 9.6 percent compared to 2017 figures, when 10.6 million visitors from the US visited Mexico according to data from the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur).

Between January-May 2018, the arrival of American visitors to national destinations totaled 3 million 781 thousand visitors, representing a 1.5 percent growth compared with the same period from the previous year.

Foto via Aeromexico

In fact air demand is driven by the Bilateral Air Services Agreement signed by both nations, which has had a favorable impact on the country’s tourism activity, according to Mexico’s Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid.

The volume of airline seats booked for this year is 19.4 million, which is equivalent to a growth of 3.1 percent in relation to 2017.

The main destinations for American travelers are Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, Mexico City, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara. Combined, these cities capture 88.9 percent of air arrivals, with the vast majority of tourists coming from California, Texas, Illinois, New York, Georgia and Florida, among others.