According to a recent article by Travel Age West magazine,a leader in the U.S. travel industry,Mexico’s Riviera Maya is in the midst of an impressive tourism wave. According to the article,Dario Flota Ocampo of the Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office said that although the region has always been a popular destination for travelers,2012 is poised to be yet another record-breaking year for tourism.
“Of the 10.2 million international travelers visiting Mexico in 2011,28.4 percent traveled to the Riviera Maya,” write Mark Rogers of Travel Age West. “Last year the region shattered tourism records by welcoming more than 3.6 million visitors. This represented a 7 percent increase in overall visitation from 2010 and an increase of more than 200 percent from the year 2000.”
This is an excellent illustration of why Riviera Maya real estate continues to be such a great investment,despite the negative press that some areas of Mexico have received. In fact,the reality is that the Riviera Maya is located thousands of miles from the northern border violence,which is affecting isolated areas. The Riviera Maya is also easily accessible by plane from virtually anywhere in the civilized world,and the region boasts a wide variety of luxurious hotels and resorts,including Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos,which will open in late 2012.
Situated just south of the Cancun International airport,the Riviera Maya offers a variety of world-class dining and entertainment options,as well as easy access to ancient archaeological sites,which are especially popular this year as we approach the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21,2012.
In celebration of this once in a lifetime event,the region will host numerous cultural events designed to honor the area’s Mayan heritage as we usher in a new era. With 81 miles of coastline,the Riviera Maya includes the communities of Playa del Carmen,Tulum,Akumal,Puerto Morelos and more.