Jorge Hank Rhon says that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism revenue in Mexico has decreased by more than 50 percent as of September 2020, based on a year-over-year comparison. The number of international tourists has also dropped by almost 60% in that same time period.
Mexico is the leading tourist destination in Latin America. Prior to the pandemic, it attracted millions of tourists a year. The tourists will return, but the pandemic has been a large economic hit for Mexico.
In the years before the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism contributed more than 1.5 trillion Mexican pesos to Mexico’s gross domestic product (GDP), which equals about 80 billion U.S. dollars. Hotels and food service each accounted for more than 40% of Mexico’s tourism GDP.
During the height of the pandemic, tourists were unable to come and spend money in Mexico’s hotels and restaurants and were unable to enjoy the beaches, night life and all the culture that Mexico has to offer. There was not much air travel during the pandemic since most airlines suspended their flights.
Jorge Hank Rhon knows tourism and the money associated with it dropped close to zero in 2020. With no flights and tourists locked down across much of the world, people were unable to come to Mexico. He says the Mexican ministry of tourism does not expect conditions returning to “normal” before 2023.
Are tourists beginning to come back?
In the past few months though, airlines have begun ramping up their flight schedules to offer flights to the most popular tourist areas in Mexico. Mexico does not currently require a negative COVID-19 test to gain entry. Some governments have upped their warnings to not travel to Mexico at this time, due to continued ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19.
If you are vaccinated, you should consider returning to Mexico if you feel comfortable traveling internationally. Mexico declared its tourism is reopened as of June 1, 2020 and the government of Mexico is welcoming tourists back. Americans are listening and visiting Mexico. The country appeals to Americans because of its proximity to the United States and because many countries are still closed to visitors.
Some parts of Mexico saw an increase in American arrivals at the end of 2020, when there was a 23% rise in the number of U.S. visitors to Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum.
According to the Mexican Embassy in the United States, Mexico has no need to quarantine for foreign visitors. They encourage people to respect social distancing measures and continue to wash their hands.
As the world begins to re-emerge post COVID-19, Mexico welcomes tourists to come and enjoy its people, beaches, culture, and foods.