In 2010, incoming and outgoing tourism recovered. Incoming tourism revenues rose 8.5%. Outgoing tourism expenditures grew 2.1%. The US$4.6 billion tourism surplus was its second highest level ever. The high, US$4.8 billion, was in 2008.
Looking at the number of tourists rather than revenues and expenditures tells a different story. The 79.9 million tourists who visited Mexico in 2010 was the lowest number since 1989.