Stats: International Tourism to Mazatlán Increases 8 Percent


The city of Mazatlán in Mexico has seen a resurgence of international tourism this past year, fueled partly by a favorable exchange rate. International tourism to Mazatlán is up over 8 percent for 2017, and the summer season has seen more than a half million tourists, which is a 13 percent increase from the same period in 2016.

Through August of 2017, roughly one and a half million tourists visited Mazatlán, a year over year increase of 12 percent. The rediscovery of Mazatlán as a tourist destination has garnered the attention of American Express Travel, which ranked the city one of the hottest worldwide destinations for the fall.

To respond to this growing demand, Mazatlán tourism officials said the destination is expecting more than a 30 percent increase in available air seats because of increased frequencies from airlines already flying to Mazatlán and new airlines flying there for the first time. United Airlines recently announced the introduction of nonstop flights from both Chicago and Houston to Mazatlán for the winter season as well.

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Hotel and resort brands have also begun to sprout up in the area because of the recent wave of tourism. A Holiday Inn is already open for business, with other properties under construction including Courtyard by Marriott, Radisson Park Inn and the Ibis Hotel near the Convention Center.

One of the biggest factors of this resurgence in tourism is the 75-block Historic District of Mazatlán, where visitors can immerse themselves in history and culture as well as fine dining experiences, art walks, shops and unique arts and crafts.

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