Mexico aims to earn up to $35.1 billion in revenue from its tourism industry in 2022. If figures are accurate, the country would be on its way to becoming one of the world’s most visited destinations.
The estimate is based on solid numbers from 2021, as well as a significant increase in flight bookings for the current year, announced the Ministry of Tourism last week.
Tourism accounted for 7.1 percent of Mexico’s GDP in 2021, up from 6.7 percent in 2020, and is expected to reach 8.3 percent in 2022.
The industry also experienced a sharp increase of 58.2 percent in domestic travel from January to November 2021.
The cherry on the cake was added by the Cancun airport which ended 2021 as the second-busiest international airport in the world.
On Dec. 30, Mexican secretary of tourism said that 190,513 flights have already been scheduled for tourists to visit Mexico between January and December 2022.
“With information from the Official Airline Guide, the federal government’s secretary of tourism, Miguel Torruco Marques, said that booked seats on aircraft flying to Mexico into the coming year have increased by 22.5 percent over the figure for 2019,” the government said in a statement.
This figure is a 2.1 percent rise over the number of flights welcomed in 2019 when the country received 186,500 of them.
In terms of seats, 31.56 million have been booked so far, up 22.5 percent over the 24.46 million visitors carried to Mexico in 2019.
Between January and February 2022, Cancun alone is expected to attract 6.1 million tourists, with hotels nearing capacity.
Mexico’s proximity to the United States has been one of the key factors in the country’s recovery.
The “Zero” entry-restriction approach has turned the country into a no-brainer for Americans looking for a hassle-free getaway.
According to Torruco, American Airlines handled 21.2 percent more passengers in October 2020 than in October 2020, while United Airlines also reported a 12.7 percent rise.
Regardless of the new coronavirus variant’s potential risk, Mexico has no plans to further tighten its domestic restrictions.