Canada loves Mexico; tourist visits up 10%

Cruise ship arrivals are also on the rise: 15% more expected this year

Tourism officials estimate that 1.92 million Canadian tourists visited Mexico last year, a 10% increase over 2016.

 The numbers have been trending upward since 2014, but it was only single-digit growth until 2017. By the end of 2018, year-on-year growth is expected to be 11.8%, for a total of 2.1 million visitors traveling to Mexico from Canada.

Nearly 40% of the visitors — 726,000 — were from Toronto, and their numbers are expected to surpass 803,000 this year.

Favorite destinations for Canadians are Cancún and the greater Riviera Maya region, getting 55% of all visits. Mexico City was next at 24%, followed by Puerto Vallarta-Nayarit with 10%.

Los Cabos was the destination of choice for 4% Cozumel and Huatulco each attracted 2%.

It was not reported how many Canadians opted to visit Mexico on board a cruise ship but over 3,000 arrivals are expected this year, an increase of as much as 15% when compared with 2017 figures, according to Ruth Leal, sales and marketing international manager at Princess Cruises.

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