Mexico is the leading global destination for arrival of international cruisers, reaching more than 6.4 million passengers in 2017 so far, according to Mexican Minister of Tourism Enrique de la Madrid.
In a statement, the minister revealed that cruise ship tourism created "an important regional economy" in Mexico. It could help develop completely new destinations mainly in eastern and southern coasts of the country.
De la Madrid made the announcement after meeting with members of FCCA (Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association) to discuss investment projects concerning the development of new ports, infrastructure and better services for arriving tourists.
The minister added they wanted to increase the number of cruise ship passengers, intensify and diversify other areas.
According to president of the FCCA, Michelle Paige, cruise ship tourism should be the engine for Mexican industry and improve the quality of life for residents in the destinations. Entrepreneurs in the sectors are currently seeking to extend tourism services, in partnership with the Mexican people and the federal government.
FCCA data shows that Cozumel is the world's number one destination for cruise ship tourists, with more than 3.6 million tourists arriving so far in 2017.