Mexico has jumped to the sixth most visited country in the world, Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto said at the Tianguis Turistico conference here, telling government officials, tourism executives and media that Mexico had climbed to No. 6 from the No. 8 spot in one year.
Since 2013, Mexico has gone from 15th to sixth in the rankings, which are calculated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, representing growth of more than 62%. (A statement from the Mexico Tourism Board said that while the official ranking will be published soon, it unveiled its ranking “based on available information today from the largest destinations in the world.”)
Mexico last year welcomed 39.3 million international visitors, a 12% increase over the previous year. The growth came despite a challenging year for the country on a variety of fronts: From reports of resort alcohol tainting to natural disasters like two devastating earthquakes to a surprising safety scare in Playa del Carmen.
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