MEXICO CITY, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mexico Ministry of Tourism reports that during the month of September, the arrival of international visitors by air to Mexico increased by 7.1 percent compared to the same month the prior year.
According to the Integrated System for Migration Operations (SIOM), an increase in the number of visitors from 125 nationalities was registered during September.
The number of travelers to Mexico by air during September from the US and Canada reported growth of 3.7 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last year.
The United Kingdom registered growth of 9.8 percent, Costa Rica, 109.8 percent; Russia, 103.1 percent; Venezuela, 61.7 percent; Israel, 49.5 percent; Panama, 46.5 percent; Chile, 38.7 percent; Argentina, 31.4 percent; and China, 28.9 percent.
Countries such as Japan also reported growth in the number of visitors to Mexico during September, registering growth of 22.4 percent; Peru with 20.9 percent; Colombia, 19.9 percent; and South Korea, 16.9 percent, compared to the same period the previous year.
During the first nine months of 2012, more than 8 million international visitors came to Mexico, a figure 6.1 percent higher than the same period the prior year.
During the period from January to September, an increase was reported in the number of visitors from 137 countries, most notably Russia with an increase of 87.3 percent; Guatemala with 48.5 percent; Venezuela with 47.9 percent; and Brazil, Costa Rica and Peru with 44.3 percent, 33.8 percent and 28.0 percent, respectively.
SOURCE Mexico Secretary of Tourism