Arrival of foreigners to Mexico decreases at the beginning of 2024: Inegi

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The arrival of foreign travelers to Mexico decreased in the first month of 2024 compared to December and, therefore, the expenditure they made during their stay was lower than that reported in the last month of 2023, revealed the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi).

Mexico received 3.64 million international tourists (travelers and travelers residing abroad who stayed overnight in the country), who made a total expenditure of 2,940 million dollars during their stay.

Both indicators were lower than the previous data from December, when 4.59 million travelers arrived and spent 3,181 million dollars, driven by the Christmas holiday season.

According to data from the International Travelers Surveys (EVI), in its annual measurement, the arrival of international tourists increased 3.6 percent in January 2024 compared to the same month in 2023.

The internation tourists, those tourists residing abroad who visit Mexico, pass the delimitation of the border strip and stay, at least one night, within some destination in the country, totaled 2.38 million, an amount that represented an increase of 2.3 percent at an annual rate. Those who entered by air represented 90.5 percent of the internation tourists and grew 3.4 percent at an annual rate; 9.5 percent entered by land and decreased 7.7 percent compared to January 2023.

In January 2024, the expenditure of international tourists reached 2,940 million dollars, 4.6 percent more compared to January 2023. Of these, 95.7 percent came from internation tourists and 4.3 percent from border tourists.

Source: La Jornada