MEXICO CITY – From January to May 2012, international visitors passing through Mexico spent an amount of 5.593 million dollars—a figure which is 5.6% higher than what was reported in the same period of last year by the Ministry of Tourism.
In a statement, the agency said that the country received 9 million international visitors in the first five months of this year.
The agency also noted that the field of hospitality tourism grew by 4.2%, while international tourist arrivals by air grew 3.3% as compared to the same period in 2011.
On average, each tourist from abroad spent 486.4 dollars during their stay. The visitors being classified as “hospitality tourists” have the biggest contribution, amounting to an average of 770.3 dollars.
In addition, tourists who visit Mexico on cruise ships had a 93.7 dollar average in expenditures per person.
According to the Tourism Ministry, the economic gain offered by international tourists in the first five months of 2012 was 4.738 million dollars, representing an increase of 6.5% over the same period last year.
Of that total, hospitality visitors accounted for 4.512 million dollars or a 6.5% increase while border visitors invested 227 million, up 5% as compared to the same period in 2011.