Tourism industry in Mexico is booming as the country continues to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, which hit the country in September, the country’s tourism authority said Tuesday.

Citing official figures, the Mexico Tourism Office said tourism revenues increased by 6.5 percent in the second quarter of 2018, with the country posting its second consecutive quarter of growth.

“This is a good sign that tourism is recovering,” Tourism Secretary Jorge Sánchez said in a press conference.

Tourism was a major industry in the United States after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, and since then has grown exponentially, said the office.

Its importance is due to the country having the world’s largest population, with more than 1.3 billion people, according to the United Nations.

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