Photo: Cruise Ships in Mexico
The Mexican business and economic newspaper, El Economista, is reporting the startling decline of cruise ship arrivals in Mexico.
The report starts at the peak year of 2007 where the country’s tourism sector saw 797 cruise ships dock in ports. Most years since then there has been a decline in dockings.
In 2008 there were 683 and 586 in 2009. The 14 percent decline from 2008 to 2009 was in great part due to the swine flu epidemic that originated in Mexico. This year dockings will show another decline to 549 arrivals.
The decline starting in 2007 happens to coincide with President Felipe Calderon’s declared war on the country’s drug cartel. That war has left over 35,000 Mexicans dead. Nonetheless, the cruise ships business remains critical to Mexico’s tourism. Fortunately cruise ship passengers are spending more when they dock which has helped offset the decline in passenger numbers.
Passengers will spend approximately $104 million in 2011 and spent slightly more with many more passengers in 2007 at $112 million.