MEXICO CITY – Mexico received a record 32 million foreign tourists in 2015, enough to make the Aztec nation the world’s No. 10 destination, Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid said.
Tourism accounts for 8.5 percent of Mexico’s gross domestic product and the sector is growing faster than the economy as a whole, he told a press conference.
The number of international visitors has increased 37 percent increase since the start of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration in December 2012.
The expansion in tourism has created 800,000 direct jobs and another 1.2 million indirect jobs over the last 10 years.
“Between 2013 and 2015, international visitors spent $43.5 million a day in Mexico,” the secretary said.
The top destinations for international visitors in 2015 were Mexico City, Cancun and Acapulco, in that order.
International arrivals were boosted by special events such as the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 Mexico Grand Prix, which brought 366,174 spectators to the capital.