Regional
3:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

NM Tourism Continues Growth

Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico tourism is on the rise and visitor spending has hit an all-time high of $5.9 billion.

Martinez says a record 32 million people visited the state last year, the third straight year New Mexico has seen an increase in visitors.

Martinez says spending and jobs in New Mexico also were on the rise, surpassing pre-recession levels.

The increases come as the tourism industry in general continues a solid recovery nationally.

In New Mexico, Martinez says tourism jobs have hit their highest levels ever, with 4,200 more jobs than June 2012. Overall tourism numbers were up 2.6%.

And Martinez says key indicators suggest that growth will continue in 2013.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.