The average spend by air visitors to Mexico is up by 6.5% in 2021 compared to the same seven months of 2019.
According to INEGI (Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics, Geography, and Informatics) the average spend by visitors arriving by air to Mexico has increased by 6.5% from US$1,018.09 for the first seven months of 2019 to US$1,084.27 for the first seven months of 2021.
Typically, visitors arriving by air make up 20% of all visitors travelling to Mexico (both by air and by land) but constitute 80% of all tourist spending.
The average spend by air visitors increased substantially in June 2021 (up 24.2%) and in July 2021 (up 14.9%), both compared with the same months of 2019.
The number of visitors arriving by air has shown steady growth since February 2021 and in July Mexico received 1,627,534 visitors arriving by air 94.0% of the 1,731,225 air visitors seen in July 2019.
With the higher average spend per air visitor Mexico saw the total spend by air visitors reach US$1.661 billion in June and US$1.871 billion in July 2021, 6.6% and 8.0% respectively higher than the total spend by air visitors seen in June and July 2019.
While the total spend by air visitors for the first seven months of 2021 was US$8.135 billion, down 34% compared with the US$12.355 billion achieved in the first seven months of 2019, visitor spending is at least trending in a positive direction.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.