Cancun and the Riviera Maya in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo are already reporting staggering tourism numbers for 2016, while ports from Cozumel and Mahahual in the Mexican Caribbean, to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific coast are reporting a significant rise in arrivals this year.
Proven Record Of Tourism Growth
“Quintana Roo has been designated the tourism giant of Mexico,” shared state governor Roberto Borge Angulo in a press conference with The Yucatan Times. “During the last five years, 51 new hotels have been constructed and 2016 is projected to have at least three more – the Hotel Riu Costa Mujeres, Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa, and Hotel Ushuaia, allowing the region to reach nearly 90,000 hotel rooms.”
Cancun has at least 14 Five Diamond hotels, while the entire Riviera Maya region has 16, placing the entire area as an unmatched world-class destination. And it has never been easier to get to Cancun or the Riviera Maya, whether you’re coming by cruise ship or by air. Over the last five years 81 new routes have dramatically improved connectivity in the region, while 268 frequent flights keep Cancun and the Riviera Maya connected with destinations like the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Guatemala, in addition to a variety of domestic destinations.
“Quality services,natural resources and vast history and culture allow us to be an international benchmark,” stated Borge Angulo.
According to The Yucatan Times, the state of Quintana Roo – home to Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Aventuras and Puerto Morelos – hosted 8.2 of the total 32.1 million visitors to Mexico last year. And Raul Andrade Angulo,who serves as the State Secretary of Tourism for Quintana Roo, says this trend isn’t going to slow down any time soon.
“The [tourism] industry is a powerful engine that drives social and economic development that generates better living standards for the welfare of Quintana Roo,” shared Angulo.
Upward Spiral In 2016
This year, Cancun expects to receive upwards of 1 million visitors during the summer season alone, according to Francisco Lopez Reyes, who serves as the director of tourism for the municipality.
“The occupancy is expected to average 95% and at times reach full capacity,” wrote The Yucatan Times. “The tourism sector is growing, and there will be two thousand new hotel rooms over the next few years and investment growth will be approximately 10% over the previous year.”
Cruise Arrivals On The Rise
A total of 750 cruise ships have already come to call at Mexico’s main tourist ports during the first quarter of 2016, reported Yahoo Finance. This increase marks a greater than 2% rise compared to the same time period in 2015.
“Cozumel and Mahahual in Quintana Roo; Cabo San Lucas in Baja California Sur; Ensenada in Baja California; and Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco are the ports that welcomed the most tourists in the first quarter of the year,” revealed Mexico’s Tourism Secretariat in a public statement according to Yahoo Finance. “In this period, 1,940,296 cruise passengers arrived in Mexican ports.”
According to the report, tourists spent an average of $75 U.S. at all of Mexico’s port, with the exception of Cozumel, where the average spending per tourist rose to $120. Spending in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta came in at around $95 per person.
The Tourism Secretariat expects a total of 2,175 ships and 5.92 million foreign tourists to visit Mexico’s ports by the end of 2016.
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