Cementing its standing as a tourist-friendly nation despite Omicron, Mexico is now one of the visited locations on the planet and is on monitor to change into a world favourite this 12 months.
Unlike most nations within the outdated continent or the US itself, which remained off-limits to overseas arrivals for effectively over a 12 months, Mexico flung the doorways open and required only a few, if something in any respect, of inbound vacationers.
As it seems, the bizarre Mexican strategy to disaster appears to have paid off.
Open Border Policy Boosts Traveler Confidence And Proves Crucial To Mexico’s Recovery
In a 12 months when nations, extra generally than not, shut down totally and additional hindered the restoration of an already heavily-impacted aviation sector, Mexico managed to succeed in 95% of its pre-pandemic passenger levels.
The nation posted a unprecedented 31 million worldwide arrivals in 2021, or 28.1% more than the identical interval in 2020. Simultaneously, a number of different nations registered downward traits within the aviation sector, particularly throughout the pond.
To draw a comparability, the UK closed 2021 with 71% less international flights than in 2019, the 12 months earlier than the virus emerged. This goes to point out that, on the subject of boosting traveler confidence, any restrictive measures imposed on guests do matter.
Recently, all four UK nations have recently announced an extensive array of measures geared toward halting the unfold of Omicron, and ones which are positive to influence U.S. and Canada passport holders flying to Britain.
Mexico, however, has but to announce a single Omicron-related change, with American cruises still permitted to dock at Mexican ports even when outbreaks are reported amongst crew.
Mexico The Top Tourist Destination In 2022?
Following such spectacular figures, Tourism Secretary Miguel Torruco acknowledged that Mexico’s tourism sector is experiencing a “strong recovery”, and that the vaccine roll out has played an important part in attaining these numbers.
According to information shared by Mexico’s Federal Agency (dependencia federal) tourism comprised 7.1% of Mexico’s GDP in 2021, up from 6.7% in 2020. Additionally, it’s now anticipated to account for 8.3% of Mexico’s financial system within the months to come back.
Domestically, intercity journey has additionally re-bounced from its 2020 lows. In the primary 11 months of 2021, Mexico skilled a pronounced enhance of 58.2% in domestic travelers.
Drawing consideration to the American participation in Mexico’s aviation restoration, Torruco famous that, in October 2021, American Airlines transported 21.2% extra passengers in comparison with October 2020, with United Airlines additionally reporting a 12.7% enhance.
With as we speak’s traits, the Mayan homeland is already one of many prime vacationer locations on the planet, and may very well be on the right track to assert the primary spot within the pandemic period.
If current arrival numbers are anything to go by, the probabilities of Mexico snatching that crown are substantial.
What Does Mexico’s Strong Tourism Recovery Mean For Americans Visiting?
Americans flying to Cancun for a seashore break, or hoping to walk the charming streets of Puerto Vallarta on a cruise stopover this season ought to welcome the information that the US market is markedly essential for Mexico’s tourism restoration.
As a outcome, Mexico has no plans of shutting right down to Americans anytime quickly. With direct flights between main US and Mexican cities, connectivity between the neighboring nations is ready to be strengthened in a world the place other countries make it more difficult for Americans to visit.
As a matter of truth, booked seats on airways flying to Mexico in 2022 have already surpassed pre-pandemic figures by by 22.5%, proving the unfold of Omicron doesn’t appear to be diverting most vacationers.
Tourism Secretary Torruco once more highlighted that, between January and December of this 12 months, 190,513 flights are already scheduled to land in Mexico, that means bookings are nonetheless going robust despite Covid fears.
Currently, no PCR testing, vaccination proof, or obligatory quarantine are anticipated of vacationers arriving in Mexico, though most are nonetheless required to fill out a Health Declaration Form earlier than boarding their flight.
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