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visit mexicoA record number of tourists, spending at a record-breaking pace, gave way to an upbeat report yesterday from Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism.

International tourists exceeded 14.2 million in June, an all-time high. Income reached $8.453 million, a high point for the tourist sector, according to the government.

Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, undersecretary of Innovation and Development of the Ministry of Tourism, said that based on growth in the first half of the year, the federal government expects to end 2014 with record figures.

By the end of the year, 28 million foreign visitors are predicted. If true, 2014 will have been a record year in international tourism. In 2013, over 24 million foreign tourists arrived in Mexico, according to Banco de Mexico.

Domestic tourism figures are harder to quantify because many travelers stay with friends or family rather than hotels.


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