The number of Chinese tourists visiting Mexico has increased 362 percent in the last seven years, from 10,569 in 2005 to 47,810 in 2012. China is now the 20th largest source of visitors to Mexico, and the second-largest source of tourists from Asia – trailing only Japan. Between 2011 and 2012, Chinese travel to Mexico rose by 29.6 percent, the highest recorded increase by any Asian country. Recent figures have been even more promising. Between January and April 2013, Chinese tourist arrivals to Mexico increase of 35.1 percent over the same period last year.
Mexican Secretary of Tourism Claudia Ruiz Massieu recently traveled to China to meet with officials of the National Tourism Administration of China (CNTA), headed by its Chairman Shao Qiwei. Mexico is seeking to promote Mexico as a tourism destination throughout Asia, including China. At the suggestion of Ruiz Massieu, she and her Chinese tourism counterparts agreed to propose to their governments that 2015 be declared the Year of Mexico-China Tourism.