Ancient civilization ruins, tropical weather, stunning nature, and authentic food are just a few of the many attractions that lure travelers to Mexico. Mexico is the most competitive Latin American travel destination, based on the last Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), a method that evaluates infrastructure, policies, resources, and enabling conditions for tourism in countries around the world. Mexico’s TTCI score improved consistently in the most recent editions of the study, pushed in large part by its natural and cultural wealth. In 2019, that feature was the best-performing TTCI sub-sector for tourism development in the country. For this reason, tourism is a major economic activity in the North American country. By the end of the last decade, this sector was responsible for more than 8.5 percent of the Mexican gross domestic product (GDP), which is the second-largest GDP in Latin America and the Caribbean.
As countries around the world closed their borders, forcing the tourism sector to a standstill, Mexico followed a different path by allowing international visitors into the country without the requirement of coronavirus (COVID-19) test or vaccine certificates. In consequence, the Latin American country became a harbor for international travelers from all around the world during the health crisis. Nonetheless, Mexico has also felt the impact of COVID-19 on its tourism sector. In 2020, the contribution of accommodation services to the Mexican GDP experienced a year-over-year drop of more than 50 percent, while the food service’s contribution to GDP recorded a contraction of over 70 percent.
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