The recovery of travel and tourism in Mexico is stronger and faster compared to other international powers and it is expected that this year the sector contributes 14.7 percent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a level similar to that in 2019, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said.
“Mexico works in a very good way, it has many visitors and at a global level it is one of the most advanced countries in the reactivation… it is a country that has a very good prospect going forward,” said Julia Simpson, president and general director of the WTTC.
In a videoconference, he expressed that the reactivation of tourism in our country is due to the fact that the government adopted a position of not restricting flights or requesting specific requirements so that travelers could enter the national territory, that is, it adapted to the difficulties.
In fact, he stated that while other countries could recover until the end of 2023, Mexico could do so sooner, since while in 2019 the contribution of tourism to GDP was 14.9 percent, it is estimated that this year it will be around 14.7 percent.
However, the WTTC board pointed out that there are challenges that must be faced, such as the promotion of the country in the face of the total reopening of other nations that are powerhouses at the international level.
“Promotion is very important with growth forecasts, we are sure that we will see another decade of growth for the tourism and travel sector and governments turn around their economy and invest in infrastructure and promotion. If Mexico does not get ahead there will be a gap and there it is at a competitive disadvantage, ”clarified Virginia Messina, vice president of the WTTC.
However, Messina said that the outlook for the national industry remains with a growth trend, since it is estimated that people’s intention to travel has not fallen despite inflationary pressures or issues related to insecurity.
“Mexico, like other countries, faces security challenges, but its status as a global tourism benchmark is a factor for development, Mexico is more than its challenges and has always faced them and there have been security challenges but there are also they will be able to overcome,” added Simpson.
On the other hand, the president of the WTTC assured that the opening of the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) will have an impact on Mexican tourism.
“There are always challenges at the beginning to start operations, especially in airports, it is not a restaurant or a hotel, tests are not done or you can learn little by little, an airport opens and that’s it. But I am sure that (the AIFA) will be a success”, added Simpson.