Foreign travel arrivals in Puerto Vallarta down 6% in July

The three largest sun and beach tourist destinations in the country, Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, received fewer international passengers at their airports during July.

The Cancun air terminal, Quintana Roo, which serves the largest foreign passenger flows, registered a 3 percent decrease in international passenger arrivals during July, compared to the same period of 2018, said Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste.

The airports of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, and Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, registered losses of 6 and 5.2 percent, according to statistics from Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico.

The three air terminals captured half of the international passenger traffic in Mexico during the first half.

The decrease in international arrivals is explained by several factors, including the problem of sargassum, insecurity, lack of promotion and the actions of Mexican competitors in tourism, said Francisco Madrid Flores, former Undersecretary of Tourism and director of the Faculty of Gastronomy and Tourism of the Universidad Anáhuac.

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