Mexico Continues to Top 2012 Travel Lists – Plus 52 Million Visitors Expected

Mayapan, Yucatan

Mayapan, Yucatan

In early December, I posted an article compiling the numerous lists that Mexico was topping for 2012 travel. Included were lists from top travel guru guides like Frommer’s, Lonely Planet and Moon Travel Guides.

In the last few days, I’ve noticed that Mexico continues to top 2012 travel lists and trends, especially in regards to the year of the Maya as on Dec. 21, 2012, the Maya calendar will come to the end of its current cycle.

In a recent article, the Mexican government said they are expecting 52 million tourists to visit the five states corresponding to the Maya World over the next 12 months for the start of a new cosmic cycle in the Maya calendar. The tourism office said that the visitors will spend about 270 million pesos ($19.5 million) in the southeastern states of Campeche, Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.

President Felipe Calderon also recently announced there would be 500 Maya-themed events throughout the year in southern Mexico, including workshops and dance and music festivals.

Here are a handful more of the sites which continue to place Mexico on their 2012 travel lists:

CNN’s World’s Top Destinations of 2012

Interest is skyrocketing in the Mayan ancient civilization known for the great cities it left behind in Mexico and Central America.

Reuters  – Travel Picks: Top 5 trend forecasts for 2012 – From value vacations, pet friendly travel and athletic voluntourism to reality destinations and the new upgrade, Reuters selects Cancun, Mexico as a top value vacation.

Travel trends 2012: Mexico is Holiday Magic for the Year Ahead

Forbes Names Mexico a Best Last Minute New Years Eve Destination

Imagine yourself relaxing on a beach, climbing a Mayan pyramid, enjoying world-class gourmet cuisine, snorkeling or swimming in a fresh water cenote with your family, zip lining in the jungle, bird-watching, enjoying an authentic cultural activity or hundreds of other exciting and relaxing activities to enjoy. It’s never too early to start planning your vacation to Mexico and many hotels offer early booking bonuses.

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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at

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