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Saturday, 2 July 2011

Tourism

Tourism

Income from tourism is key to the economy of several Latin American countries.[96] Mexico receives the largest number of international tourists, with 21.5 million visitors in 2009, followed by Brazil, with 4.8 million; Argentina, with 4.3 million; Dominican Republic, with 4.0 million;, Puerto Rico, with 3.5 million and Chile with 2.8 million.[97] Places such as Cancun, Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Chichen Itza, Cartagena de Indias, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Margarita Island, São Paulo, Salar de Uyuni, Punta del Este, Santo Domingo, Labadee, San Juan, La Habana, Panama City, Iguazu Falls, Puerto Vallarta, Poás Volcano National Park, Punta Cana, Viña del Mar, Mexico City, Quito, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Lima, Maceió, Florianópolis, Cuzco and Patagonia are popular among international visitors in the region.[citation needed]
Performance indicators for international tourism in Latin America
Country↓ International
tourist
arrivals
2009[97]
Millions of USD↓
International
tourism
receipts
2009[97]
Millions of USD↓
Receipts per
arrival (2)/(1)
2009
(USD/Tourist)↓
Receipts
per capita
2009[97][98]
USD↓
Revenues as %
of exports
goods and
services[96]
2003↓
Tourism
revenues
as %
GDP[96]
2003↓
 % Direct &
indirect
employment
in tourism[96]
2005
↓
World
Ranking
Tourism
Compet.[99]
TTCI
2011↓
Index
value
TTCI[99]
2011↓
 Argentina 4,329 3,916 905 96 7.4 1.8 9.1 60 4.20
 Bolivia 671 279 416 29 9.4 2.2 7.6 117 3.35
 Brazil 4,802 5,305 1,105 27 3.2 0.5 7.0 52 4.36
 Chile 2,750 1,568 570 94 5.3 1.9 6.8 57 4.27
 Colombia N/A 1,999 N/A 44 6.6 1.4 5.9 77 3.94
 Costa Rica 1,923 2,075 1,079 488 17.5 8.1 13.3 44 4.43
 Cuba 2,405 2,080 865 181 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
 Dominican Republic 3,992 4,065 1,018 421 36.2 18.8 19.8 72 3.99
 Ecuador 968 663 685 45 6.3 1.5 7.4 87 3.79
 El Salvador 1,091 319 292 44 12.9 3.4 6.8 96 3.68
 Guatemala 1,392 820 589 61 16.0 2.6 6.0 86 3.82
 Haiti* N/A N/A N/A 12* 19.4 3.2 4.7 N/A N/A
 Honduras 870 611 702 78 13.5 5.0 8.5 88 3.79
 Mexico 21,454 11,275 526 101 5.7 1.6 14.2 43 4.43
 Nicaragua 932 346 371 59 15.5 3.7 5.6 100 3.56
 Panama 1,200 1,483 1,236 441 10.6 6.3 12.9 56 4.30
 Paraguay 439 112 255 16 4.2 1.3 6.4 123 3.26
 Peru 2,140 2,046 956 69 9.0 1.6 7.6 69 4.04
 Uruguay 2,055 1,311 638 375 14.2 3.6 10.7 58 4.24
 Venezuela N/A 788 N/A 29 1.3 0.4 8.1 106 3.46
  • Note (1): Haiti, marked with * do not have all statistical data available for 2009 or 2011. Data shown is for reference purposes only (2003 for Haiti).[100]
  • Note (2): Green shadow denotes the country with the best indicator. Yellow shadow denotes the country with the lowest performance for that indic

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