Mexico City, Jan 29 (EFE).- Mexico received 20.6 million international tourists by air during 2022, showing a recovery after the pandemic, registering an improvement compared to the previous two years, reported the Secretariat of Tourism (Sectur) of the Mexican Government.
According to figures from the Migration Policy-Registry and Identity Unit of the Ministry of the Interior, the number of internationals by air exceeded by 46.3% what was observed in 2021.
Likewise, it was 8.2% higher than the number that entered the country through the same route in 2019, when 19.4 million international visitors were registered in Mexico.
The Sectur indicated that a third of these international travelers arrived in the country from the United States, Canada and Colombia, totaling 15.6 million.
This represented an increase of 39.5% compared to the 2021 figure and an increase of 16.4% compared to the 13.4 million tourists in 2019.
The head of the Sectur, Miguel Torruco, explained that, from the United States alone, 13 million tourists entered, which is 27% more compared to 2021 and 23.7% higher than in 2019.
From Canada, Torruco indicated the arrival of 1.8 million tourists, 249.4% more than in 2021 and 23.8% below what was registered in 2019, prior to the covid-19 pandemic.
In the case of Colombians, the entry of 854,840 tourists was reported, exceeding the figure for 2021 by 88.8% and that of 2019 by 42.5%.
Of the rest of nationalities, 4.98 million tourists were recorded, an increase of 72.7% compared to 2021, and representing a market share of 24.2%.
The Mexican official also reported that the airports of Cancun, Mexico City International Airport (AICM) and Los Cabos, were the ones that received the largest number of international tourists.
At these airports, 15.87 million tourists were received, a higher figure of 46.5% compared to 2021 and 8.2% compared to arrivals in 2019.
The Cancun airport was the one that received the most international visitors during 2022 with the arrival of 9.5 million international tourists, 47.7% more than in 2021.
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