Tourism in Mexico was an incipient activity during the first half of the 20th century. Following years of political and social turmoil in the 1910s, the relative stability of the 1920s eased travel to some tourism destinations. During the Prohibition years in the United States, tourists from the United States visited Mexico’s northern border towns, attracted by entertainment activities and gaming. The expansion of the highway system allowed more road travel and access to various cities in Mexico’s interior, as well as to the beach resorts along the coasts. The number of domestic and international tourists increased significantly in the years after World War II.

Tourism Policies and Development

In order to foster and support the growing tourism industry, in the 1950s the Mexican government created a ...

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