ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It was another record-breaking year for tourism trips in New Mexico in 2016. According to the state Tourism Department, there were an estimated 34.4 million trips in New Mexico last calendar year, up from 33.4 million in 2015. The increase marked a 3 percent growth.
“A record number of people are visiting New Mexico and that means more money being spent in our communities,” said Gov. Susana Martinez.
Day trips increased fastest, up 4.9 percent, from just over 18 million to 19.2 million.
The number of overnight trips also increased, but by just .6 percent. Overnight trips climbed from 15.1 million to 15.2 million. Eighty-four percent of those were visitors from out of state.
Texas, California, Arizona and New York were the top markets for overnight visitors.
The numbers are extrapolated from a survey of 3,000 people conducted by Longwood Travel USA.
New Mexico has been using Longwood for the study going back to the 2010 calendar year, for which it reported a total of 31.2 million visits.