Already Mexico is seeing an 8.9% increase in tourism for 2015 compared to the start of 2014, reports the Integrated System for Migration Operations (SIOM).
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Compared to 2013 the numbers are even larger at a 21.7% increase compared to the start of that year, showing a trend in growing tourism for Mexico with a yearly average increase of over 10%.
So who are these people taking Mexico’s challenge to “Live it to Believe it”?
The United States tops the list of international travelers to Mexico with 7 million visitors in 2014, an increase of 10.6% compared to 2013.
In second place ranks Canada with 1.6 million visitors in 2014 and a 4.6% increase compared to 2013.
The British invasion comes in third with 450,000 visitors in 2014, a 10.8% increase from 2013 as a result of last year’s British culture and tourism exchange programs between the two countries.
Rounding out the top 10 is Colombia with 300K, Spain 300K, Brazil 300K, Argentina 247K, France 213K, Germany 187K, and Venezuela at number ten with 176K visitors in 2014.
Argentina at number seven is the only country in the top ten travelers to Mexico with a drop in visitors compared to 2013 with a negative result of 4.4% decline.
The American traveler stays an average of six nights in Mexico with the popular destinations being Los Cabos, Cancun, Riviera Maya, Mexico City, and Puerto Vallarta. Travelers from the United States overwhelmingly originate from California, Texas, Illinois, New York, Georgia, and Florida.
The British travelers double the American’s stay with an average of twelve nights vacation and choose Mexico City and Cancun as their top destinations and depart largely from London.
While Asia didn’t make the list of the top ten countries visiting Mexico, it’s important to note that China and Korea have both seen increases of 20% in 2014 while an increase of Mexicans visiting Asia also increased by the same amount as a result of new direct flights to Tokyo by Aeromexico.
Russia comes in as the largest decrease in visitors to Mexico with a fall of 51% compared to 2013.