World tourism grew six percent in 2018 to reach 1.4 billion travelers worldwide, two years ahead of schedule, according to the annual barometer prepared by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and presented on Monday in Madrid, Two days from the Fitur.
Mexico is in sixth place among the most visited countries in the world, along with France, which remained the main tourist destination of the globe; Spain, the United States, Italy, and China, according to the report.
The American continent received 217 million international arrivals in 2018, representing an increase of three percent, with differences between its regions, since North America had an increase of four percent and South America of three percent.
In contrast, in Central America and the Caribbean, there was a decrease of two percent, partly due to the impact of hurricanes Irma and María in September 2017.
Spain managed to break its record with 82.6 million foreign tourists and consolidated its position as a world tourist power, with an increase of 0.9 percent in the number of international arrivals, second only to France.
Tourism figures anticipated the UNWTO long-term forecast published in 2010, which predicted that the target of 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals would be met by 2020.