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Quintana Roo growth higher than China’s

Quintana Roo recorded higher economic growth than China in 2016 and the second highest in Mexico, with strong tourist numbers behind the surge.

The state’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 7.6% last year, according to national statistics institute Inegi, whereas China’s economic growth slowed to its weakest pace in a quarter of a century to 6.7%. The state’s growth rate represents a 2.8% gain on 2015 numbers.

Only the small state of Aguascalientes recorded better 2016 growth than Quintana Roo, with 9.5%.

Growth in the latter was the highest since 2007 when the economy expanded by 10.6%. Last year’s figure is almost three times higher than that recorded for the Mexican economy as a whole, which grew by 2.7% in 2016.

Overall, the Quintana Roo economy contributed 1.6% of Mexico’s total 2016 GDP.

Often considered the jewel in Mexico’s tourism crown, Quintana Roo is home to popular vacation destinations including Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Tulum and boasts a total of 98,000 rooms across the state.

The director of the Faculty of Tourism at Anáhuac University believes that the impressive GDP growth in Quintana Roo is linked to an upturn in tourism across Mexico.

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