Mexico earned $1.44 billion from international tourism in January, up 17.4 percent from the same month in 2013, when the figure came in at $1.22 billion, the Tourism Secretariat said.

Tourists staying more than 24 hours in the country spent an average of $542 in January, a figure that was up 3.1 percent from the $525 spent in January 2013, the secretariat said in a statement, citing Bank of Mexico data.

Average spending by tourists who did not stay in the country and entered via the border or arrived on a cruise ship totaled $42, up 7.4 percent from the $39 spent in the same month last year.

Foreign tourist arrivals totaled 6.6 million in January, of whom 2.3 million visitors stayed in Mexico more than 24 hours and the remaining 4.3 million tourists were on day trips, the secretariat said.

International tourism generated $13.8 billion in 2013, when 23.7 million travelers and 54 million day-trippers visited Mexico. EFE