Tourism to Mexico rose nearly 6 pct in 2008

The Associated Press, 2/23/2009

The number of foreign tourists visiting Mexico surged to 23 million in 2008, up 5.9 percent from the year before, spurred by the tumbling value of the peso against the dollar, the Tourism Department said Sunday.

Mexico’s foreign currency income from tourism was $13.3 billion last year, up 3.4 percent from 2007, the department said in a statement. If the trend continues, it would be a glimmer of hope for a country on the brink of economic recession as exports and oil production plunge.

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