Mexico's tourism activity expanded by 0.80 percent in the second quarter, compared to the same period in 2012, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said.

Spending by foreign and domestic tourists rose 1.1 percent in the April-June period, compared to the same period last year, the statistics agency said in a statement.

Consumption by domestic tourists rose 2.2 percent, while spending by foreign tourists fell 7.9 percent during the period, the INEGI said.

Services offered to domestic and foreign tourists, the biggest component of the tourism industry within the gross domestic product, rose 0.50 percent in the second quarter, while the provision of goods grew 2 percent.

Mexico welcomed 23 million foreign tourists in 2012 and registered 178 million domestic tourists, generating more than $11 billion in revenues.

Tourism accounts for 9 percent of Mexico's GDP and ranks as the No. 3 source of foreign exchange, trailing only the oil industry and remittances.

The Mexican tourism industry directly employs about 2.5 million people. EFE