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Mexico Tourism Statistics 2019 - 2024 | Visitor Numbers & More

Mexico Tourism Statistics 2019 - 2024 | Visitor Numbers & More
David Mickelson

BY David Mickelson

2 weeks ago

Mexico Tourism Statistics & Numbers

International Air Arrivals by Month (2019-2024)

Steady Growth in Air Arrivals

  • From 2019 to 2024, Mexico tourist statistics in terms of international air arrivals exhibit a consistent upward trend.

  • In 2019, the average monthly arrivals were just over 1.6 million people, totalling 19.6 million across the whole year.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic caused a sharp decline in 2020, with the lowest point in April at just 29,420 international air arrivals. Average monthly arrivals were only 695,000 in 2020.

  • A strong recovery began in 2021, with numbers both reaching and surpassing pre-pandemic levels by 2022! The year ended at a total of 21.3 million total international air arrivals which is an average of 1.77 million per month.

  • 2023 saw approximately 7% more. total arrivals than 2022, showcasing a continuation of the post-pandemic recovery

  • For the first 3 months of 2024, numbers are only continuing to rise - seeing 8% more average monthly arrivals than the same time period in 2023.

Hotel Occupancy Rates in Popular Destinations (2022-2023)

  • Across Cancun, Riviera Maya and Los Cabos, hotel occupancy rates were fairly similar in 2023, with Los Cabos seeing a slightly lower rate of 72.61%.

Cancun

  • Overall, the occupancy rates in Cancun for 2023 remained strong with a YTD average of 75.6%, slightly lower than 2022's 75.9%.

  • Significant declines in occupancy rates were observed in the summer months, particularly May (-8%) and July (-8%).

  • January and February saw substantial increases compared to the previous year, with January up by 11.3% and February by 10.4%.

Riviera Maya

  • Riviera Maya experienced a notable increase in occupancy rates during January and February, with rates rising by 16.9% and 16.2% respectively.

  • Despite some declines in mid-year months, the overall occupancy rate for 2023 (75.60%) was slightly higher than 2022 (74.1%).

  • April and June showed notable declines of -5.9% and -5%, indicating potential seasonality effects or other influencing factors during these months.

Los Cabos

  • Los Cabos had an average occupancy rate of 72.6% for 2023, nearly identical to 2022's 72.5%.

  • January and February showed substantial increases, with January up by 15% and February by 10.3%.

Location

2023

2022

% change

Cancun

75.60%

75.96%

-0.36%

Riviera Maya

75.72%

74.18%

1.54%

Los Cabos

72.61%

72.49%

0.12%


Mexico Tourism Stats: Visitor Numbers & Expenditures (2022-2023)

  • The total of tourist expenditures between 2022 and 2023 rose from $24.1 billion to just over $26.4 billion.

  • Spend per visitor also rose slightly, but the major reason for growth was the amount of visitors, rising by about 4 million year over year.

  • Although they accounted for a relatively small proportion of the overall visitor numbers, visitors from cruises rose by 30% from 2022 to 2023.

Key Airports and Traffic (2021-2024)

Cancun as Mexico’s Leading Tourist Gateway

  • In 2021, Cancun's airport handled 6,426,554 arrivals, accounting for 45.60% of Mexico's international air traffic.

  • The number of arrivals surged to 9,494,168 in 2022, maintaining a strong market share of 46.10%.

  • 2023 saw further growth with arrivals reaching 10,041,700, though the market share dipped slightly to 45.90%.

  • Despite the increase in absolute numbers, Cancun's percentage share of the market remained relatively stable, with slight fluctuations from 45.60% in 2021 to 46.10% in 2022, and a slight decrease to 45.90% in 2023.

  • The consistent high volume of tourist arrivals underscores Cancun's importance as a major economic hub, driving significant revenue in the tourism sector.

Mexico City as a Significant Tourist Destination

  • In 2021, Mexico City's airport recorded 2,683,067 arrivals, holding a 19.10% share of the market.

  • This figure jumped to 4,204,414 arrivals in 2022, with the market share increasing to 20.40%.

  • In 2023, arrivals continued to grow to 4,279,991, though the market share slightly decreased to 19.60%.

  • Mexico City demonstrated resilience in recovering from the pandemic's impact, nearly doubling its arrivals from 2021 to 2022.

  • The city's ability to attract a stable flow of international visitors highlights its ongoing appeal as a cultural and economic center, with an increase of Mexico City tours and other experiences for tourists to explore the city.

  • The airport's market share has seen slight variations, but overall it remains a significant entry point for international visitors to Mexico. This is seen when you look at the Mexico City tourism statistics, with more and more international attention.

Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta are Increasing Hubs

  • Los Cabos saw 1,723,453 arrivals in 2021, with a 12.20% market share.

  • Arrivals increased to 2,172,590 in 2022, although the market share dropped slightly to 10.60%.

  • In 2023, the airport recorded 2,306,779 arrivals, maintaining a 10.50% market share.

  • Puerto Vallarta had 1,081,786 arrivals in 2021, capturing 7.70% of the market.

  • This number rose to 1,687,618 in 2022, with an 8.20% market share.

  • By 2023, arrivals reached 1,827,130, slightly increasing the market share to 8.40%.

  • Both Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta have shown consistent increases in arrivals, marking them as important emerging destinations within Mexico.

  • The steady climb in tourist numbers indicates growing popularity and investment in these regions, bolstering their profiles as major tourist destinations.

The Future of Tourism in Mexico 

  • Despite a significant downturn in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Mexico tourism numbers suggest that the sector has demonstrated remarkable resilience and growth, with plenty of tourists flooding to the country.

  • Record numbers in international air arrivals and tourist expenditures are expected in 2024, underscoring the sector's recovery and expansion.

  • Major destinations like Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Los Cabos continue to attract increasing numbers of international tourists, supported by strategic infrastructure and accommodation developments.