Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Injustice

Baja California Sees Rise In Tourism

Tourism officials said the region is on track for a record year, if current trends continue.

Baja California lured 9.3 million foreign visitors so far this year, up 12 percent from the same period last year, the state governor’s office said in a press release Monday.

Officials said the spike in tourism was especially notable over the weekend of July 25-26, when at least 260,000 people visited the state. That’s more than any other weekend since 2007.

“Baja California is living its best tourism moment in eight years,” said Óscar Jesús Escobedo Carignan, the minister of tourism for the state.

He attributed the increase to coordinated efforts between the private sector and the state government to attract visitors, as well as good weather.

Escobedo said hotel occupancy rose in all of the state’s traditional tourism hubs. The jump was centered around Rosarito, Ensenada and San Felipe.

Tourists this weekend spent $66.2 million in the state’s hotels, restaurants, bars, gas stations and other businesses, according to the press release.

Escobedo said Baja California could have a record tourism year if current trends continue.

FEATURED PODCAST

San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.