The number of tourists arriving in Mexico fell to its lowest level in more than three years in July, falling to a record low of just over 3 million, according to figures released on Wednesday.
The country’s Tourism Ministry reported that the number of visitors arriving in July fell to about 2.1 million, down by 0.5 per cent from the previous month, but still more than double the figure recorded in August last year.
The ministry said the decline came despite a strong start to the year, when tourists spent $1.5 billion on travel and accommodation in Mexico, up 14 per cent compared to the same period last year and the highest number since January 2014.
Visitors were also more likely to spend more on food and accommodation.
The tourism ministry said that the year’s tourism arrivals were driven by the strong growth in tourism in Mexico.
“The number of foreigners visiting Mexico rose to about 5.1 billion in July 2018, which is more than twice the number arriving in August 2018, and it is the highest annual number since 2014,” it said.
“Tourism has been on a strong uptrend for some time now, and the number arrivals has risen at a high level for the past year.”
The country has seen a string of record high visitor numbers in the past few years.
In 2016, more than 4 million people visited Mexico for the first time, while last year more than 5.3 million people did the same.
Tourism and tourism operators said that tourism is expected to grow by about 5 per cent this year, with Mexico’s tourism industry projected to see a total of more than $9 billion in annual economic activity.
The Tourism Ministry said the number, however, was “subject to change depending on factors such as the international financial situation, the economic outlook, economic outlook of the state of tourism, the health and security situation and economic trends”.