Tourism spending remained high in 2012 despite a drop in visitors caused by regional conflict; an increase in both visitor count and spending is an indicator of continued growth in 2013.
Foreign currency earnings generated by international visitors in Mexico registered an increase of 7.7%, from $3.59 billion dollars in the first quarter of 2012, to $3.87 billion dollars, from January to March this year.
The Ministry of Tourism in Mexico (Sectur) said that this figure is the result of a 5% increase in the flow of tourists who arrived to the country by air, which means that it increased from 3.3 million to 3.5 million tourists as of March 2013.
Regarding average spending, most of the items recorded positive growth, highlighting the 9.1% increase in average spending by international visitors and 5.7% in the average expenditure of domestic tourists.
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Photo credit: Tourists walk through the courtyard inside the Palacio Nacional by the Zócalo in Mexico City. Matt & Megan / Flickr