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Mexico’s sun and beaches captivate Canadian Tourists

Mexico’s sun and beaches captivate Canadian Tourists

Posted by Ricardo Vázquez on August 21, 2015

The touristic relationship between Mexico and Canada is very close, especially because of the high appeal that Mexican beaches have for Canadians.

To Canada, Mexico is the second most important destination for their tourists, after the United States, while for Mexico visitors from Canada represent the second biggest flow of foreign tourists after the US.

According to the embassy of Mexico in Canada, for a ninth year in a row, Mexico registered in 2013 a record number of visits of Canadian tourists, with one million 599 thousand and 409 tourists.

Even if the numbers registered last year were historic, the governments of both nations signed the Plan of set Action the past February, where they plan to facilitate the flow of people between both countries, in particular in matters of air transportation, the pact expects to create new commercial flight routes among both countries.

The nice weather in the beach destinations in Mexico, is one of the big appeals for Canadian tourists, who due to their harsh winter, are always looking for warm places and they are willing to leave their country. The Canadian winter goes from November to April.

According to the information of the Council of Touristic Promotion of Mexico (CPTM for its initials in Spanish), last year the five more visited touristic destinations by Canadians where: Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Mexico City and Mazatlan. Within these destinations it is worth noting the growth in the number of Canadians that decided to visit Los Cabos increased to more than 150,000, although it is still below Cancun and Vallarta.

In the more recent years, Mexico wants the Canadian visitor not only to come during the winter, but also during the rest of the seasons and to accomplish this, the CPTM has encouraged touring agencies in Canada to broaden their summer programs, and to include in their programs destinations such as Huatulco, Mazatlan, Ixtapa and Manzanillo.

And the visit of Canadian tourists to Mexico has increased during the summer, due to the fact that the average visitor is increasing the acquisition of timeshares. This has had repercussions on charter flights that came from Canada only during the winter, making them do it all year long now to Cancun, Vallarta and Los Cabos.

However, not only recreational tourism is attractive, business tourism has also incremented its presence in Mexico, mainly to Mexico city, that is the fourth destination after the three beaches already pointed out.

Nowadays Air Canada, Sunwing and Air Transat (pure tourism traffic), tour operators, and Westjets charter flights are all flying to Mexico from Canada; between the four of them around 250 flights from Canada are flying to Mexico on a weekly basis.

The main cities from the east of Canada, Toronto and Montreal, and the two main ones from the west, Vancouver and Calgary, are the main providers of Canadian tourists to Mexico, however they also come from Winnipeg and Edmonton among other cities.

Mexico is one of the 12 most attractive countries for international tourism and its two most important commercial partners (Mexico and Canada) are at the top of the list of its main visitors. During 2013 it received 23.73 millions of tourists from all over the world, the biggest number so far.

According to reports of the Bank of Mexico (Banxico), from January to April of 2014, 9 million 461 thousand  foreign tourists from all around the world arrived in Mexico, a record number given that in previous periods this indicator showed between 7 and 8 million. 

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