Tourism industry in Mexico employs over 4 million people

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Published by Fernanda Magallanes on September 7, 2023

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Tourism, typically associated with luxurious getaways and all-inclusive vacations, has a much deeper impact than meets the eye in Mexico. More than 4 million people’s livelihoods are intertwined with this industry, and recent reports suggest that it’s steadily expanding quarter after quarter.

As per the Federal Tourism Secretariat’s latest update, the tourism sector in Mexico employed a whopping 4,687,425 individuals by the end of the second quarter of 2023. This figure reflects an impressive growth of nearly 34,763 employees when compared to the first quarter, where the count stood at approximately 4,652,662 workers.

The most remarkable aspect of this growth is that it signifies a substantial 4 percent increase compared to the same period last year. In 2023, the sector boasted 4,600,580 employees solely dedicated to providing various tourist services.

Secretary Miguel Torruco Marqués highlighted that the Specialized Technical Committee of Economic Statistics of the Tourism Sector signifies a staggering 8.9 percent of the national workforce. This suggests that beach destinations, known for their allure, are the primary hubs for this booming industry.

Furthermore, Torruco Marqués emphasized that employment in tourism during the second quarter of 2023 surpassed 5 percent when compared to 2020, which recorded 4,487,000 individuals employed in this sector. This surge could potentially lead to substantial economic growth in the 270 tourist-oriented locations across the nation.

The diversity within the tourism sector is evident through the array of jobs it encompasses. From waiters, chefs, and entertainers to tour operators, travel agents, and event organizers, the industry provides a vast spectrum of employment opportunities. These roles span across areas such as tourism marketing, food and beverage, hotels, hospitality, public relations, and ecotourism, among others.

Moreover, it’s worth noting that the aviation and cruise industry also contributes to this substantial employment figure. Even though these workers do not have fixed places of residence, they are of Mexican origin and are accounted for in the population and occupational census.

Mexico’s tourism sector continues to be a robust source of employment, with over 4 million individuals finding livelihoods within its various branches. This growth, both in comparison to previous years and within the same year, signifies a significant economic impact, particularly in the nation’s popular tourist destinations.

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