Gulf 360: State of the Gulf of Mexico

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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.

United States

Mexico

Mexico

United States

Cuba

Mexico States Tourists sailing in aUnited catamaran in Varadero, Cuba. Credit: 123RF

Cuba

Area

Tourists

Units (Yearly)

Corpus Christi

6.6 Million

Yearly visitors

Key West

2.65 Million

Includes overnight, day tripppers, and cruise passengers

Houston

9.01 Million

Includes overnight, day tripppers

Mexico

Cuba

Mississippi Gulf Coast

4.9 Million

Not specified

Mobile Bay

7.3 Million

Not specified

New Orleans

8.3 Million

Not specified

Pensacola

3.96 Million

Overnight visitors only

Tampa Bay

13.93 Million

Day tripper, overnight, and VFR-staying with friends and relatives

Sarasota

756,400

Not specified

South Padre Island

5.15 Million (2005)

Day trippers, overnighters, seasonal visitors

Cancun

4.04 Million

Yearly visitors

Merida

916,214 (2009)

Yearly visitors

Campeche (municipio)

181,033

Yearly visitors

1.95 Million

Yearly visitors

Tampico

350,000 (2005)

Yearly visitors

Cuba

2.5 Million

Yearly visitors

Veracruz

Cuba

(Year 2010 unless noted otherwise)

Human Activities

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.

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