U.S. Travel to Mexico Grows

Nearly 15 percent more U.S. travelers flew to Mexico in June 2010 than in June 2009, the Mexico Tourism Board announced last week, citing recently released data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

According to that data, growth in U.S. air travel to Mexico exceeded that of U.S. international travel overall, which was 11 percent higher in June 2010 than in June 2009. By comparison, travel to Europe was up 11 percent, Canada 9 percent and the Caribbean 6 percent.

The June numbers aren't the only good ones, according to the Commerce Department, which reported similar growth for the entire first half of 2010, when U.S. air travel to Mexico grew 8 percent over 2009, compared to 4 percent for U.S. air travel overall.

All told, more than 2.8 million Americans arrived in Mexico by air during the first half of 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce — nearly as many as visited the entire Caribbean.

"These numbers reflect a continued interest in Mexico by travelers from the United States, Mexico's largest international feeder market," the Mexico Tourism Board said in a statement. "Mexico continues to be the top international tourism destination for Americans."