From The Economist:
WE HAVE a story this week on Mexico’s surprisingly buoyant tourism industry, which seems to be shrugging off a drug war, swine flu and all other obstacles remarkably well. While researching the article, another thing struck me: how incredibly undeveloped the industry is in the rest of Latin America.
Considering the Americas in total, the United States and Canada capture just over half of all international arrivals. Their size and wealth means this perhaps isn’t surprising. But look at Latin America in isolation, and Mexico’s dominance of the industry is extraordinary. Of 23 countries, Mexico captures 31% of all international arrivals (the vast majority from the United States). Brazil, the next most successful country, gets about 7%. Last year Brazil, the world’s fifth-biggest country by both area and population, and home to any number of natural wonders and vibrant mega-cities, received 4.8m tourists—fewer than Bulgaria.