/ Modified apr 2, 2021 2:36 p.m.

Economic impacts felt in Arizona from border travel restrictions

Visitors from Mexico pay sales taxes in retail hubs like the Tucson and Phoenix metropolitan areas.

Travel restrictions between the U.S. and Mexico, already in place for over a year, will remain in effect through April 21. The latest data from the Bureau of Transportation shows that in December traffic at Arizona’s ports of entries was down by half compared to the year before. Fewer visitors translates into lost revenue in retail hubs like the Tucson metro area. We discussed the far-reaching economic impacts of decreased tourism from Mexico with Felipe Garcia, the executive vice president of Vamos a Tucson – Visit Tucson’s Mexico marketing department.

For more insight into how the pandemic has impacted Sonora, Mexico, we connected with Claudia Orduño, a podcaster and former Mexican diplomat based in Hermosillo.

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