Rodolfo Elizondo: Mexico’s revenue from foreign tourism to recover in 2010

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Mexico may take in $13 billion in revenue from foreign tourists next year, matching the level seen in 2008 before an outbreak of swine flu and a worldwide economic slump took hold, Tourism Minister Rodolfo Elizondo said.

“If we can achieve this it will be very positive for the country,” Elizondo told reporters today in Mexico City.

Revenue from overseas visitors has dropped to $9.2 billion in the first 10 months of this year from $11.6 billion in the same period of 2008, Elizondo said.

Tourism is Mexico’s third-largest source of foreign currency, behind oil and remittances from workers living abroad.