Los Cabos recovers international travelers: Fiturca
According to Rodrigo Esponda, general director of the Los Cabos Tourism Trust, while INEGI reports an excellent recovery in foreign tourists and foreign currency inflows to the country, Los Cabos is in a clear recovery in international travelers, primarily from the United States. Also, the reactivation of flights from Canada beginning in September makes the outlook for the winter appear quite positive.
According to the results of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography’s International Traveler Surveys (EVI) – International Tourism Survey (ETI) and Border Traveler Surveys (EVF), 4 million 886 thousand 357 visitors entered the country in June 2021. Of those, 3 million 121 thousand 312 were international tourists (INEGI).
As per INEGI, the goal of these surveys is to offer statistics on the number of international tourists entering and exiting the country, as well as their expenditures.
Fiturca corroborated findings in surveys that correspond with what is happening in the tourist destination of Los Cabos, which has a positive outlook in terms of domestic and international tourism arrivals, primarily from the United States.
Esponda Cascajares emphasized that the good news for Los Cabos continues, with the reactivation of flights from Canada to Los Cabos beginning in September and October, as well as the consolidation of U.S. destinations, estimating close to 30 thousand new foreign tourists; additionally, the Canadian market stays longer, generates more revenue, and the tourist is more loyal to the destination.
He estimates that there will be 10% more tourists from the United States visiting Los Cabos.
Concerning connectivity with the United States, he stated that it has improved; in 2019, reaching 22 cities directly and today to 26 cities with more seats; there are 40 percent more seats scheduled in Los Cabos this year compared to 2019, so Los Cabos will have a high season in the fall-winter that is quite positive in terms of the flow of U.S. tourists.
He revealed that in 2019, a total of 2.7 million tourists were received, with 1.8 million coming from the United States on an annual basis, and that this year will most likely end with the same figure (1.8 million tourists on an aggregate basis from January to December of this year).
In 2019, there were 200 thousand Canadian tourists. Seventy-five percent of those visitors visited during the winter months, amounting to 130 thousand visitors per month. The months of December, January, and March see the greatest number of Canadian visitors. It is expected that between December of current year and January of 2022, there will be 20,000 Canadian tourists per month.
According to INEGI figures, the foreign exchange income referring to the total expenditure of overseas tourists in June of this year was 1,977.9 million dollars, whereas it was 237.9 million in June of 2020. It is worth noting that the same amount was $1,976.6 million in the same month of 2019.
In the sixth month of 2021, the average expenditure of inbound tourists who arrived by air was $1,134.06, compared to $757.83 in the same month of 2020. Meanwhile, the average expenditure in June 2019 was $912.94 dollars.
Foreign exchange outflows from the country from international tourists totaled US$477.9 million in June 2019, compared to US$101.6 million in June 2020 and US$738.8 million in the same month of 2019.