More than five million tourists arrive in Mexico by cruises in 2017

Mexico, Oct. 24 (Notimex) .- The head of the Tourism Ministry (Sectur, for its acronym in Spanish), Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, reported that cruise tourism represents one of the fastest growing market segments in recent years and Mexico has positioned as a usual route.

In a statement, he said that in 2016, 6.7 million cruise passengers arrived, 28.8 percent more than in 2012; "And in the first eight months of this year we received 5.1 million, 22.1 percent more than in the same period of 2016."

At the inauguration of the 24th Annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show in Merida, Yucatan, the ports of the Caribbean, Progreso, Cozumel and Mahahual represent 73 percent of the cruise ships that arrive in Mexico, "and everything indicates that 2017 will be a record year in the cruise tourism segment."

In 2016 the port of Progreso received 347 thousand cruisers, and in the first eight months of 2017 a total 263 thousand visitors were registered, 22.8 percent more than in the same period of 2016.

The federal official stressed that event such as these means an additional proof of the entrepreneurs and investors’ confidence in the country and the future of its tourism sector.

For his part, the governor of the entity, Rolando Zapata Bello, stressed that tourism is a great development opportunity for the Mexican southeast, activate the economy and direct that growth to the social and commercial development of the region.

The state president said that every year millions of tourists travel on cruises all over the world and the Caribbean region is one of the main destinations that offers spectacular views in this region, cradle of Mayan civilization.

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