New U.S. Requirement May Hurt Mexican Tourism

January 26, 2007

CANCUN – The new requirement by the United States that its citizens who fly to Mexico must have a passport will deliver a harsh blow to this nation’s tourist industry, authorities here say.

They estimate the measure, which takes effect next week, will result in a loss this year of some $2.7 billion that would have been spent by U.S. visitors who would have traveled to Mexico because they don’t have a passport and don’t want to get one.

That figure is based on the estimate that some 330,000 prospective travelers from the United States will forego a trip to Mexico this year.

Until now, U.S. citizens did not need a passport to travel to Mexico, and they still do not if they go by ground transportation or boat.

The new requirement is part of Washington. D.C.’s efforts to heighten security and combat international terrorism.

 

You may be interested

Looking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact
Weather
485 views
Weather
485 views

Looking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact

John McPhaul - December 12, 2017

As Costa Rica joins many other nations in looking back upon the devastating 2017 hurricane season, longtime Tico Times contributor…

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica
Weather
2504 views
Weather
2504 views

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica

Katherine Stanley - December 12, 2017

High winds claimed the life of a fourth victim in Costa Rica as the cold front that has been moving…

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie
Keylor Navas
728 views
Keylor Navas
728 views

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie

AFP - December 11, 2017

Real Madrid's first foray into the January transfer market will be to snap up Athletic Bilbao's promising goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga,…