Mexico ranked 10th among the world's most popular tourist destinations, according to the latest estimate by a United Nations agency.
But the country's head of tourism said she fears Mexico might drop a couple of spots, falling out of the top 10 list.
"We have indications that we may drop one or two places, but we're not sure because the figures aren't ours, they are from the World Tourism Organization," Mexico's Tourism Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu told the Associated Press Monday.
The World Tourism Organization estimated Mexico welcomed 23.4 million international visitors in 2011, a 0.5% increase from the previous year.
Massieu did not say why she believes Mexico may drop from the top 10 list but tourism experts say the country's continuing drug violence is playing a role in keeping tourists away.