Mazatlan Tourism Trust.

Mazatlan Tourism Trust.

February 25, 2011 08:01 ET

Mexico Remains a Preferred Travel Destination for Canadians

Canadians Loyal to Mazatlan and Other Mexican Destinations Continue Increasing Travel Trend

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2011) - As Director of Product for WestJet Vacations Yehudi Altman travels to Mazatlan several times a year on business. However, at the beginning of February Yehudi and his wife Jackie traveled as tourists simply to get away from the cold. Yehudi and Jackie -who live in Vancouver - are one of thousands of Canadian couples who flock to Mexico in a continued trend that saw record numbers of tourists visit the country in 2010.

According to iTravel2000, "… January saw an overall 3% increase of Canadian visitors [to Mexico]." The Canadian travel company credits the vast array of cultural features as one of the main draws. In addition, iTravel2000 mentions Canadian confidence in the present economic situation as a motivating factor. When asked why he chose Mazatlan as his preferred holiday destination Yehudi noted "… [Mazatlan] is so beautiful and sunny … it feels like home [and] the tourism infrastructure is superb…"

Mazatlan plays host to nearly 2 million visitors from all over the world annually, and that number has increased steadily for the past five years, according to Julio Birrueta, spokesperson for the Mazatlan Tourism Trust. He adds that many travelers return year after year for extended stays, with nearly 9,000 U.S. and Canadian citizens making this seaside destination their winter home. Visitors enjoy world-class cultural events throughout the year including February's Air Show and the upcoming 113th annual Carnaval celebration.

About Mazatlan:

Mazatlan is located on Mexico's Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Founded in the 16th Century, Mazatlan is Mexico's only seaside colonial city. One in every three travelers that visits Mazatlan is Canadian.

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