As of August of this year, Mexico lost more than $ 4.6 billion in tourist currencies, which, at the average exchange rate of the Bank of Mexico in the first eight months of the year, results in a ‘hole’ of 92 thousand 771 million pesos, this compared to the same period of 2019.
With the currencies that the country has stopped receiving due to the fall in the arrival of international tourists to the country, Another airport in Santa Lucia could have already been built, which has an estimated cost of 75 billion pesos, and the government would also have 17 billion pesos left over.
In addition, between January and August of this year, Mexico captured a spill from international tourism of just over 11 billion dollars, a figure 29.4 percent lower than that registered in the same period a couple of years ago, according to INEGI figures.
The recovery of international tourism arriving in Mexico continues to improve, but it is still far from having the levels presented before the pandemic.
While in the eighth month of this year, the entry of international travelers to national destinations had a drop of 22.2 percent compared to the same month of 2019.
According to INEGI’s Survey of International Travelers, 2.7 million passengers arrived in the country during August, a figure far from the 3.5 million who vacationed in Mexico, but a couple of years ago.
This result It is the second worst registered in the last five years, only below the performance of international tourism in 2020, a year marked by the pandemic, the suspension of mobility and the closure of hotels in the country.
Regarding the entry of foreign currency, during August international tourists left a spill of 1,695.4 million dollars, a figure 3.2 percent lower than that reported by the INEGI in the same period of 2019.
Average spending increased 24.6 percent in August, when international tourists who traveled through Mexico spent, on average, $ 611.5, that is, $ 121.5 more than what they spent in August 2019.
For Alejandro Calligaris, country manager of Despegar México, the slower rate of recovery of international tourist arrivals to the country is marked by the sanitary restrictions that some foreign governments still maintain, but also by the seasonality of tourism.
“It is important to consider that the dynamics of tourism has greater mobility in certain seasons of the year given that there are holiday seasons, so this slowdown also responds to the end of the summer in Mexico and the beginning of the low season,” Calligaris told El Financiero.
In the first eight months of the year, Mexico continues to have to the United States as its main source market for international tourists with 77.7 percent of all travelers who came to vacation to a national destination by air, this according to the Datatur system of the Ministry of Tourism.
In total, 6 million 489 thousand 302 Americans traveled to Mexico for tourism between January and August; the second market, the Colombian one, barely has 2.7 percent of the total number of international tourists that entered Mexico in that period, with 224 thousand travelers.
Colombia unseated Canada as the second largest emitter of tourists to Mexico due to the suspension of flights from the North American country. Calligaris pointed out that, as of September 7, the air connection between Mexico and Canada was reactivated, so that, at the end of the year, a greater recovery of international tourism is expected.
“Canada reopened its borders to foreign tourism on September 7 for those who have the complete vaccination scheme and Argentina reopened on September 27 its two main land border crossings with Brazil and Chile, which will allow greater mobility of tourists. foreigners in the coming months ”, warned Despegar’s country manager in the country.
Meanwhile, the Center for Research and Tourist Competitiveness (Cicotur) of the Anahuac University pointed out that, although the monthly arrivals of international tourists slowed in August, in that month there was an increase in the arrival of European and Canadian travelers.
“At the end of the summer season, the recovery trend was maintained, although with a slowdown in August (13.9 percent drop) compared to July (6 percent reduction) compared to the same months of 2019,” said the Center directed by Francisco Madrid.