18.2 Million People Visited Mexico Cultural Sites in 2011
MEXICO CITY – Mexican archaeological sites, museums and historical monuments attracted more than 18.2 million visitors in 2011, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.
The three sites that topped 1 million visits were the Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the National History Museum at Chapultepec Castle. Teotihuacan ended 2011 with 2.2 million tourists, of whom 1.7 million were Mexicans and 510,367 came from other countries. Meanwhile the National Museum of Anthropology brought in 1.8 million people, 1.6 million of them Mexicans and 198,090 foreigners.
For its part, the National History Museum at Chapultepec Castle had 1.3 million visitors, of whom 1.2 million were Mexicans and 59,539 international. 1.2 million were Mexicans and 59,539 internationa tourists
The increasr over 2010 was in part occasioned by new renovated sites along with projects to attract more tourists including presentations at international expos in Greece, India and China.
Another helpful asset was the new infrastructure created to provide the disabled with easier access to these cultural attractions, as well as works of research restoration, conservation and dissemination.
As part of the 2012 Maya World Program, the Cancun Archaeological Museum is being built to house pre- Columbian pieces found at Tulum, Tankah, Muyil, Coba and Xel Ha in Quintana Roo state.