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Despite a relaxation in sanitary restrictions in states that have lowered their covid-19 risk to level yellow or green, Mexico’s tourism remains one of the country’s industries most economically impaired by the coronavirus pandemic.

The country’s tourism segment that has been hardest hit is the international sector, which, month after month, has registered dramatic plunges over the last year.

In November, the month with the most recent data, the country received only 3.9 million tourists, representing barely 54.3 percent of the corresponding figure for that same month in 2019.

And of those tourists, only 948,903 were international visitors.

Even compared to October 2020, that figure represented 42,000 less foreign tourists entering the country.

The largest drop registered in international tourism was that represented by  foreigners entering the country by air travel, which fell by 55 percent in November, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi).

In contrast, international tourism entering by land fell by just 33 percent during November.

Tourism is one of Mexico’s most important sources of foreign revenues, third only to remittances and auto sales, representing 9 percent of the GDP in 2018.

But in November, international tourism revenues dropped to just $248.4 million, down by 69.2 percent from the previous year.

…Jan. 12, 2021

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