Mexican President Announces Mexico is Among the Top 10 most Visited Countries in the WorldBy Romina Martínez Sánchez
Cites unprecedented growth in tourism sector.
During the inauguration of the 40th edition of the Tianguis Turístico Mexico in the city of Acapulco, President Enrique Peña Nieto, expressed optimism at Mexico’s ranking as a tourism destination.
A communiqué from the Mexican Office of the Presidency stated that Mexico experienced a 4.7% increase of international traveling during 2014 as well as a 20.5% increase in the arrival of international tourists, compared to 2013. This was reportedly based on preliminary data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Presumably based on these numbers, President Peña announced during the Tianguis’ inauguration that Mexico had escalated into the top 10 most visited countries list, after being in the 15th position in 2013. He also assured that Mexico broke its touristic records in 2014, showing “unprecedented” growth. The country was visited by 29.1 million visitors, increasing by almost 5 million visitors, in comparison to 2013 figures.
“The world is recognizing the value of Mexico, millions of people from all over the world are discovering what our nation has to offer,” stated the President during the inauguration.
Mexico is known for being particularly well-positioned as a travel destination. It has numerous archeological sites, World Heritage sites and impressive beaches in the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, not to mention the Caribbean.
Mexico also offers thousands of years of history and rich gastronomy and ecologically quite diverse, with ecosystems ranging from deserts, to wetlands, to rivers, to deciduous forests. The same can be said about its biodiversity.
That aside, Mexico’s ongoing moves to modernize have led to larger urban centers becoming popular destinations for business meetings and conferences.
Tourism is a particularly important sector of the domestic economy, contributing to around 8% of the country’s gross domestic product in 2014 according to the Mexican Secretariat of Tourism.
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