Mexico Tourism Jumps 20%

Tourist in HammockInternational tourism to Mexico showed a sharp increase this summer with the growth focused primarily in beach resort towns like Cabo San Lucas.

As reported by Hugo Martin of the Los Angeles Times on October 8th, foreign visitors arriving by air to Mexico jumped to 7.1 million in the first eight months of the year — up nearly 20% from the same period in 2009 — with most visitors coming from the U.S. and Canada, according to Mexican tourism officials.

Analysts say the latest jump in visitors suggests that U.S. travelers feel more confident about spending on travel again and see Mexico as a good bargain for vacations. The number of visitors to Cancun jumped nearly 31% in August compared with a year earlier; tourism to Los Cabos increased 30%, according to Mexico tourism officials. Southern California travel agents say U.S. tourists don’t seem too concerned about drug violence because they know to stay far from the border.

“I think there’s a perception is that it’s a good deal,” said Carol McConnell, founder of Around the Globe Travel in Huntington Beach. “But it’s mostly about being where the water and the weather is really nice.”

Mr. Martin’s full story can be seen here: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-1008-mexico-tourism-20101008,0,2832991.story

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