The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) is pleased to announce that the number of Canadian tourists to Mexico increased by 20.1% in 2008. These results, provided by The Bank of Mexico, also describe the composition of international tourists arriving to Mexico by plane.
Canadian tourists totalled a record number of 1,144,650 visitors to Mexico, an increase of 191,840 travellers over the previous year.
According to Rodolfo Elizondo Torres, Secretary of the Mexican Federal of Tourism, the increase is partly due to efforts by the government and strong private investment in the tourism market, which enabled significant improvements in infrastructure and accommodations.
Another factor is the promotional efforts made by the MTB to encourage the creation of new air routes between Canada and Mexico to make it easier to access non-traditional cities and beaches.
Furthermore, private funding generated $4.64 billion in revenue in 2008, representing a 34% increase over recent years. Canadian tourists come back from Mexico relaxed, having enjoyed eye-opening culinary and cultural experiences. They go to Mexico looking for high-quality services and impressive archaeological sites; they leave with their expectations completely fulfilled, along with a sense of well-being and discovery. Mexico’s 29 unique historic sites, listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List, represent another strong attraction for Canadians. In recent years, the Mexican government has succeeded in restoring and protecting the country’s tremendous heritage to create incomparable tourist attractions.
Financially speaking, the current value of the Canadian dollar compared to the Mexican peso is at its highest since 1993. All Canadian visitors to Mexico enjoy excellent value for their money, especially compared to previous years. This is the best time to visit Mexico.
Mexico makes the most of the vast number of activities it offers and has transformed its tourist sector into a very profitable asset. The 20.1% increase in Canadian tourism is the strongest proof that Mexico is able to adapt to today’s world economy.