Tourism in Mexico fell 1.8% in the first quarter
Mexican economy as a whole grew in the first three months of this year. Unfortunately, tourism in Mexico fell, as it got off to a shaky start in 2021.
This was owing to the authorities’ new mobility limitations imposed in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Limitations were harsher in the first months of the year. Tourists’ fear of infection and the population’s lack of income as a result of previous year’s recession also played a role.
The national GDP increased by 0.8 percent between January and March of this year compared to the previous quarter. On the other hand, tourism activity declined by 1.8 percent over the same period. This appears inInegi’s Quarterly Indicators of Tourism Activity.
After experiencing an unprecedented drop of 42.6 percent between April and June of last year, the so-called smokeless industry managed to recoup 27 percent between July and September. It then rose 7.2 percent between October and December.
Service-related activities fell 0.5 percent in the first three months of this year. They account for eight out of every ten pesos of tourism GDP.
Transportation, hotels, restaurants, commerce, second homes, and timeshares are examples of tourism services.
Tourism in Mexico also affected the manufacturing industry.
Meanwhile, tourism-related manufacturing, such as handicrafts and textiles, declined 4.1 percent. This marks the worst start to the year since records began in 1994.
The Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco, projected an increase in tourism beginning in April as the vaccination procedure advances. however, he excluded any recovering 2020 losses this year.
As per traffic reports from airport groups, beach areas such as Los Cabos and Mazatlan have begun to receive more tourists than before the epidemic since last May. meanwhile, others, such as Puerto Vallarta, have surpassed the pre-Covid level as of June.
Torruco said that tourism in Mexico is returning faster than in other markets “because the entrance of flights from any nation was not forbidden.” This allowed Mexico to be the world’s third most visited country in 2020. Only Italy and France recorded more visitors.
According to the report, the Covid-19 crisis caused a significant drop in tourist arrivals in all countries last year. Drops in Thailand were of -83.2 %, Spain of -77.3 %, the United States of -75.5 %, Turkey of -69 %, Germany of -68.5 %, Italy of -61 %, and the United Kingdom of -57.9 %. However, the reduction in Mexico was -46 %. it was less severe than the rest of the world.
The World Travel Organization predicts that global tourism demand will not recover until 2023 or 2024. It then will return to pre-pandemic levels (UNWTO).
According to the UN agency, the pandemic’s impact on tourism threatens to exacerbate poverty and inequities.