Gulf Coast Tourism United States
Cuba has made great leaps in developing tourism. The National Statistics and Information Office (ONEI) confirmed the arrival of 2.2 million foreign visitors in 2011. This translated into revenues of over $1.7 billion linked to all aspects of tourism infrastructure.
Mexico States Tourists sailing in aUnited catamaran in Varadero, Cuba. Credit: 123RF
Includes overnight, day tripppers, and cruise passengers
Includes overnight, day tripppers
Mississippi Gulf Coast
Overnight visitors only
Day tripper, overnight, and VFR-staying with friends and relatives
South Padre Island
5.15 Million (2005)
Day trippers, overnighters, seasonal visitors
(Year 2010 unless noted otherwise)
As an industry, tourism is the second most important economic driver in the Gulf of Mexico region after oil and gas exploration and production. It has been estimated that the productive value of Gulf of Mexico tourism for the United States and Mexico is more than $45 billion a year.