Millions of travelers from all over the world are finding their way to Mexico. Many come by air, but for a large portion of travelers, seeing the country from a cruise ship is the way to go. That’s why Mexico is, once again, maintaining its longtime position as the number one cruise destination in the world.
In 2011, more than 800,000 cruises docked along the beautiful shores of Mexico, which added about $500 million to the economy through jobs and in revenue. In addition, the cruise ships brought 5 million visitors to Mexico on top of the 22.7 million travelers that already visit via air each year.
According to Gloria Guevara, Secretary of Tourism in Mexico, many shipping companies throughout the world are willing to invest their resources in the country. This, in turn, increases the number of cruise line and passenger arrivals, and in January 2012 alone, growth in the sector had already increased by 7.1 percent. To further promote the cruise sector of Mexico, the Mexican Ministry of Tourism and the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) are sponsoring the Mexico pavilion at the Cruise Shipping Miami 2012 trade show and conference.