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Travel From Mexico

In 2015, roughly 2.2 million travelers came to Houston from Mexico. That's a significant share of the nearly 8 million Mexican visitors who came to Texas during the year.

Purpose of travel for Mexican visitors to Houston (multiple answers allowed):

  • Shopping (65 percent)
  • Visit friends and relatives (53 percent)
  • Getaway weekend (31 percent)
  • Combining business with leisure (17 percent)
  • Special occasion such as wedding (13 percent)


Ninety-two percent of visitors to Houston from Mexico stay in a hotel or motel during their stay. They spend more on every category than overall Texas visitors spent. Mexican visitors spend an average of 4.2 nights in Houston.

Houston visitors spent $1,353 on their most recent Texas trip.

  • $523 on shopping
  • $285 on food and beverage
  • $218 on accommodations
  • $155 on entertainment

Top activities for Mexican visitors to Houston include:

  • Shopping (58 percent)
  • Visit museums (21 percent)
  • Visit historic site (18 percent)
  • Dining out (16 percent)
  • Attend festival/fair, etc. (9 percent)
  • Nightlife (16 percent)

Sources: Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism/ Research, the Houston Airport System