Mexico has banned all foreign tourists from the country, and tourists are fleeing the country in droves.
But while many of the country’s tourist destinations are still open, many of its major tourist attractions are in jeopardy.MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis, with tourists leaving the country with a lack of hotels and a shortage of hotels that will be impossible to fill, said a study by the tourism ministry.
The ministry’s Tourism Promotion Council said that more than 300 million tourists visited Mexico last year, but the tourism sector, which includes hotels, is in the worst shape.
Its figures, released on Wednesday, show that Mexico’s tourism industry is facing a “severe crisis” that is costing more than US$4.4 billion (1.9 billion pounds) annually.
The country is home to more than 1.5 billion people and is the most populous in Latin America.
It is one of the most popular destinations for Mexican tourists.
But Mexico is also the second-most expensive in the world, after South Africa, at US$3,100 per person per day.
The report, published by the Tourism Promotion council, says that the number of tourists visiting Mexico has dropped by about 20 percent since 2009 and that the tourism industry’s outlook for the coming year is poor.
It said the government has spent a total of $3.6 billion in the past four years on economic and social support, which is not enough to attract the international tourists Mexico needs to keep pace with its rapid economic growth.
The Tourism Promotion agency, which oversees tourism, said it has also been implementing reforms to strengthen its own competitiveness.
It wants to invest in more social infrastructure, create more jobs, improve the efficiency of the tourism service, and improve its overall competitiveness, said the report.
Migration, however, is another issue.
“Mexico faces a significant humanitarian crisis,” said José Antonio García, the chairman of the council.
“Our country has a lot of difficulties, including the situation of the migrant population.”
Mexico’s government says that about 60 percent of migrants in the country arrive by sea.
Mexico’s government has said it is considering closing border crossings and sending them back to Central America to help stem the flow of migrants.
The government has also stepped up security measures and the construction of new facilities in Mexico to deal with the migrant influx.
But some analysts have warned that the problems will only worsen in the years to come.
“It is a serious crisis and it will only get worse,” said Daniel Gonzalez, a senior economist at Mexico’s Comisión Nacional de Estudios Fiscal.
The Mexican government has estimated that it will need more than 10 billion pesos ($9.7 billion) to address the shortage of hotel rooms and other facilities in the coming years.(Reporting by María Jara and Julio Calderón; Editing by Michael Perry)