Laredo wants to return ‘everything’ to pre-pandemic levels – El Financiero
In 2022, the celebration of US Tourism Week marks not only the reopening of this important activity, but also the efforts of this union to Reach pre-pandemic activity levels.
Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors to the United States totaled $5 billion in March, compared to $1.4 billion in the same month, but as of 2021, an increase of 251 percent.
From a pre-pandemic perspective, travel revenue totaled $12.1 billion in March 2019. These goods and services include food, accommodations, entertainment, gifts, entertainment, US domestic transportation, and other travel-related items.
The land border is very important because, from a touristic standpoint, it represents the place through which it takes place More than 30 percent of tourists enter this country.
For example, Laredo, Texas, due to its excellent geographical location on the border with Mexico, is the number one commercial port and is also where thousands of people cross daily to enter the United States for tourism purposes. However, the pandemic has forced the closure of international bridges and prevented the passage of foreigners traveling for this activity, a situation that has seriously affected tourism and local trade.
But now, with COVID vaccines under control, tourism is beginning to recover to pre-pandemic levels, according to information provided by Aileen Ramos, Laredo’s tourism director.
“We have seen a good recovery, being at the border we have our share of visitors from Mexico and we have seen a recovery in the number of Mexicans visiting us. Our hotel occupancy is strong, between 64 and 70 percent, which is already a normal number compared to what we had before the pandemic. Our sales taxes haven’t gone downOn the contrary, it has increased or been maintained,” he explained.
The most frequent tourists in this city are of Mexican origin: before the COVID pandemic, they visited this border city in a year Million Mexican Mainly for shopping.
Easter and the season between Black Friday and the Feast of the Three Kings Dates of the year in which Laredo receives the most foreign tourism. Not only shopping tourism is relevant to the city, but also health, business and even sports.
This year, Laredo, Texas, expects not only a recovery in tourism levels before the pandemic, but the entire country in general, with $2.6 billion in economic traffic generated annually due to this activity.
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