Teeming with incredible food, ancient temples, and stunning beaches,
Mexico has long been one of the most prominent travel destinations in the world.
It’s home to many different activities suited to all travelers, from surfing in
Puerto Escondido to relaxing in the sun at an all-inclusive in Cancun.
Did you know that the country welcomed
45 million overseas tourist arrivals in 2019?
overwater bungalows to affordable backpackers hostels, the country is suitable for all sorts of travel budgets.
If you want to understand more about travel and tourism in Mexico, you’ve come to the right place.
Today, we’ve gathered and summarised the latest statistics about Mexico’s tourism.
Let’s dive right in!
Sources : We have included every source used under each stats, or head over to the bottom of this post for the full list of articles and references. How many tourists visit Mexico annually?
There were 45 million international tourist arrivals to Mexico in 2019.
How big is the tourism industry in Mexico?
Tourism contributes nearly 1.8 trillion pesos to Mexico’s economy, which is around 7% of the total GDP.
How much does tourism contribute to Mexico?
International tourism receipts in Mexico were at $25.85 billion in 2019.
Where does Mexico rank in tourism?
According to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer in 2023, Mexico is the world’s second most visited country.
Mexico Travel & Tourism Main Statistics There were a total of 31.9 million international tourist arrivals in Mexico in 2021, a rise from 24.3 million in 2020. In 2019, a total of 17.6 international visitors passed through Mexico City International Airport. Mexico is the most popular international travel destination for American travellers in 2019, with 39.3 million visitors from the US. In 2021, domestic tourism expenditure in Mexico rose by 9% to 3 trillion Mexican pesos. The tourism sector in Mexico contributed almost 1.8 trillion pesos to the country's GDP in 2021. The average international tourist in Mexico spends $385 during their trip. Chichén Itzá was the most visited archeological site in Mexico in 2021. There is a total of 24.7 thousand hotels and similar establishments in Mexico in 2020, compared to the 16.9 thousand in 2010. Mexico is the sixth most visited country by digital nomads on Nomad List, visited by 4% of nomads. Mexico Inbound Tourism Travel Statistics How many tourists visit Mexico each year? 1. There were a total of 31.9 million international tourist arrivals in Mexico in 2021, a rise from 24.3 million in 2020.
However, this is still well below the pre-pandemic levels of 45 million international tourist arrivals in 2019.
2. Between January and November 2022, 34.7 million international tourists arrived in Mexico.
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3. In 2021, Mexico recorded more international tourist arrivals than even the United States, which had just 22.1 million arrivals.
A lot of this was because Mexico maintained loose travel restrictions during the pandemic, allowing some
24 million international tourists to visit in 2020. 4. There were 3.36 million overseas tourists in the first six months of 2022 in Mexico, higher than the recorded 3.12 million of the previous year.
5. According to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer in 2023, Mexico is the second most visited country in the world after France.
Mexico received 31.9 million annual visitors, surpassed only by France with
48.4 million visitors. 6. In 2019, a total of 17.6 international visitors passed through Mexico City International Airport.
Mexico City International Airport is the country’s top airport for inbound travel.
As the capital city of Mexico, Mexico City offers
many activities and things to do! 7. However, in 2022, Cancun International Airport welcomed the most international visitors (8.56 million).
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Mexico City International Airport saw 3.8 million visitors and Los Cabos Airport received 1.94 million visitors.
Puerto Vallarta airport had 1.47 million arrivals. 8. Mexico is the most popular international travel destination for American travellers in 2019, with 39.3 million visitors from the US.
In 2019, there were a total of
39.3 million tourists from the USA to Mexico. 9. Tourists arriving by air also increased in June 2022 by 28.5% to 1.88 million arrivals
This is compared to 1.46 million air arrivals in June 2021.
10. However, the number of tourists arriving by land actually dropped by 16.6% in June to 1.07 million travellers.
11. The largest source market for international tourists in Mexico is USA, with 11.7 million air arrivals in 2022.
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12. The US is followed by Canada with 1.5 million arrivals in Mexico in 2022.
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There were approximately
1.5 million Canadian arrivals in Mexico in 2022. 13. After that are Colombia (787,000), the United Kingdom (523,000), and Spain with 335,000.
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The fourth largest source market for international tourists in Mexico is the UK,
with 523 thousand arrivals recorded in 2022. 14. Other world nationalities comprised 3.6 million of the total overseas arrivals in Mexico in 2022.
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Domestic Tourism in Mexico Statistics How many domestic tourists are there in Mexico? 15. In 2019, there were over 62 million domestic tourists staying at hotel establishments throughout the country.
But in 2020, the number of domestic tourists at Mexican hotels in Mexico fell due to the pandemic.
16. In 2021, domestic tourism expenditure in Mexico rose by 9% to 3 trillion Mexican pesos.
17. Around 3 in 5 Mexicans who go on a vacation state that they usually go to a domestic destination for holiday.
18. The most popular domestic holiday destination in Mexico in 2022 was Guadalajara. 90% of Mexicans stated that it’s their preferred destination for a domestic holiday.
This was chosen as the preferred domestic holiday destination by more than 90% of Mexicans, thanks to all the different and unique
things to do in Guadalajara. 19. For domestic trips, more than 50% of respondents say that restaurant offers are the most attractive aspect.
20. Meanwhile, food at a local destination is the most appealing thing from a domestic trip for 44% of travellers.
21. The favorite type of vacation for Mexicans would include visits to tourist attractions, as stated by 60% of Mexicans in a 2022 survey.
22. In 2019, 85% of total travel and tourism spending in Mexico was from domestic tourists.
The percentage remained consistent in 2021, with domestic spending contributing 86% of the total travel spending in Mexico.
Key economic figures in Mexican travel & tourism How much does tourism contribute to Mexico? 23. The tourism sector in Mexico contributed almost 1.8 trillion pesos to the country's GDP in 2021.
24. This figure is roughly 7% of the total Mexican GDP.
25. In 2020, expenditures by international inbound visitors to Mexico amounted to $11.45 billion.
This figures is a 55.7% decline from 2019, when international tourism receipts were at $25.85 billion.
26. In 2020, international tourism expenditure made up 2.64% of exports in Mexico, a sharp decline from the 5.25% share of exports in 2019.
27. The average international tourist in Mexico spends $385 during their trip.
In contrast, Mexican tourists spend an average of $160 per person when travelling overseas.
28. The accommodation industry alone generated 600 billion Mexican pesos in 2021.
Accommodation was the highest contributor of travel-related GDP in Mexico.
29. In comparison, restaurants, bars and nightclubs contributed 255 billion Mexican pesos in GDP.
30. The amount of tourism foreign direct investment (FDI) in Mexico was $2.2 billion in 2021, the highest since 2010 and around 70% higher than in 2019 and 2020.
31. There were 118 thousand tourism establishments in Mexico in 2019, 90% more than the figure in 2010.
Tourism establishments include those in the accommodation, food service, and reservation industries.
Mexican Travel & Tourism Industry Employment How does travel and tourism contribute to Mexico’s job industry? 32. In 2021, there were 6.03 million jobs related to travel and tourism in Mexico, which is the second highest number in a Latin American country after Brazil.
Compared to Mexico, in
Peru there were just 0.96 million travel and tourism jobs in 2021. 33. Excluding informal employment, the sector provides 2.3 million fulltime jobs (5.9% of fulltime employment in Mexico).
34. Tourism in Mexico also represents 79.9% of the country’s exports in services.
Mexican Travel Destination & Activity Statistics What are the top travel destinations in Mexico? 35. In 2021, the country with the most UNESCO World Heritage properties in Latin America was Mexico, with a total of 35.
It’s followed by Brazil’s 23 sites and
13 World Heritage sites in Peru. 36. Chichén Itzá was the most visited archeological site in Mexico in 2021.
37. The second most popular site, Teotihuacán, had more than 900 thousand total visitors in 2021.
38. The Mexican port with the most cruise passenger traffic in 2021 is Cozumel, with 44% of all cruise passengers in Mexico traveling there.
39. The second most popular port among cruise travelers was Majahual in Quintana Roo.
40. As of November 2021, Oaxaca de Juarez is the cheapest city to travel to in North America, costing only $30.60 per day.
In fact, Mexico is the perfect destination for backpackers as the five cheapest North American cities to travel to are all based in Mexico. Oaxaca de Juarez takes the lead at a
daily cost of just $30.60. Hotel Industry Statistics in Mexico How many hotels are there in Mexico? 41. There is a total of 24.7 thousand hotels and similar establishments in Mexico in 2020, compared to the 16.9 thousand in 2010.
In 2020, there were
24.7 thousand hotels and similar establishments in Mexico. 42. In 2021, Mexican hotels had an average room occupancy of 41.4%.
43. Beach hotels in Mexico tend to have a higher room occupancy rate than city hotels. In 2021, beach hotels recorded 49% occupancy compared to just 35.5% of hotels in city areas.
Hotels in coastal areas like
Isla Mujeres tend to attract more guests than city-based hotels. 44. The Mexican tourist destination with the highest hotel occupancy is Los Cabos, with an impressive 60% hotel occupancy rate.
They’re followed by Mazatlán in Sinaloa, which is a beautiful beachside getaway with
lots of things to do! 45. The Mexican region with the most hotels in August 2022 was Veracruz, with 1,784 establishments.
46. It was followed by Jalisco with 1,400 hotels, whereas Mexico City had 840 hotel establishments in August 2022.
47. In 2021, the leading hotel company in Mexico was AMResorts. They recorded more than 28 billion Mexican pesos of net revenue.
48. The Riviera Maya and Mexico City each recorded more than 12 million occupied rooms in 2019.
The top five tourist destinations for overnight visitors in Mexico is rounded up by Cancún, Los Cabos, and Guadalajara.
Known for its stunning white sand beaches and nightlife, you won’t find a short of
things to do in Cancun. 49. The best rated resorts in Mexico in 2022 is Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya in Tulum, followed by One&Only Palmilla.
Tulum itself has plenty of
interesting things to do. Other travel accommodations in Mexico How many Airbnbs are there in Mexico? 50. From November 2019 to March 2020, the share of domestic Airbnb guests were at a record-high, varying between 63% to 70%.
The share of domestic compared to international guests in Airbnbs across Mexico was
between 63% to 70% in the period of November 2019 to March 2020. 51. In 2020, RV sales in Mexico have increased by over 31% in the past year.
Travelling in RVs is a rising trend in Mexico, shown by the fact that sales of RVs in 2020 had
grown by more than 31%. Travel behaviour and preferences in Mexico How and why do people visit Mexico? 52. Mexico is the sixth most visited country by digital nomads on Nomad List, visited by 4% of nomads.
Along with Mexico, Germany and the UK is also each visited by
4% of all digital nomads. 53. Mexico City also happens to be the 13th most liked city for female digital nomads.
Although Mexico City received a
4.09 rating by female travellers who work remotely, the city isn’t included on the top 15 most cities liked by male digital nomads. 54. In 2019, business travel in Mexico City cost almost $220 daily for international guests, with hotels making up for over two-thirds of that budget.
In Mexico City in 2019, the daily cost of business travel amounts to
nearly $220. 55. In 2021, leisure tourism represented 95% of the total tourism expenditures in the North American country that year.
56. More than half of Mexicans go on a holiday with their family.
over 50% of Mexicans travel with their family. 57. In comparison, only 4% of respondents in a Mexican tourism survey go on a solo trip.
According to a 2022 survey, solo trips are not popular among Mexicans, with
only 4% of them going on a holiday only. Summary
From relaxing beach life to the party scene in
Cabo San Lucas, there are many facets of Mexico that one could explore.
That’s all for our Mexico travel statistics.
We hope the information could help you learn more about tourism in this beautiful country!
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