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Mexico Sees Rise in Cruise Ship Arrivals and Tourist Spending

Pueto Vallarta, Mexico – Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism reported a positive trend in the cruise industry for the first four months of 2024. According to INEGI and Ministry of Navy data, over 3.8 million international cruise passengers arrived at Mexican ports, representing a 2.2% increase year-over-year.

This growth was accompanied by a 6.2% increase in foreign exchange income, reaching $325.8 million USD. The average expenditure of cruise tourists was $83.90, which is 3.9% higher than the $80.70 spent during the same period in 2023.

Puerto Vallarta ranked among the top five busiest cruise ports in Mexico, alongside Cozumel, Mahahual (both in Quintana Roo), Ensenada (Baja California), and Cabo San Lucas (Baja California Sur). These five ports collectively accounted for 90% of all cruise arrivals.

Cozumel led in passenger volume with 1.8 million, followed by Mahahual (844,087) and Ensenada (281,070). Puerto Vallarta received 238,471 passengers during the four-month period.

The report highlights a positive outlook for Mexico’s cruise tourism industry, with growth observed not only in passenger numbers but also in revenue and spending.

This exciting trend is set to continue as the global cruise industry expands. With several new ships scheduled to be inaugurated in the coming years, the future looks bright for Mexico’s nautical tourism scene.

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