The Global Travel Industry News online recently reported on the growing tourism numbers in Mexico’s Riviera Maya,which lies along 80 miles of gorgeous coastline bordering the Caribbean Sea on the Yucatan Peninsula.
“The Riviera Maya region broke tourism records in 2011,welcoming more than 3.6 million visitors,” states the article.
This represents a 7.05 percent increase from 2010,and of more than 200 percent from the year 2000. Also of note,an impressive 28.4 percent of the travelers visiting Mexico last year chose the Riviera Maya. This equates to more than 10,197,654 booked room nights last year,which is nearly 8 percent more than 2010.
“Despite the challenges Mexico’s tourism has faced in recent years,Riviera Maya continues to appeal to global visitors as one of the world’s top travel destinations,as demonstrated from our record-breaking year in 2011,” shared Dario Flota Ocampo,general director of the Riviera Maya Destination Marketing office.
The number of visitors from Europe and South America also grew by record numbers in 2011,and more than 80 percent of the area’s tourists are international visitors. U.S. visitors still make up the largest percentage at around one third of all international visitors,but more than 45 percent of all Canadians heading to Mexico chose the Riviera Maya as a vacation destination.
“Looking forward,the destination is expecting continued growth in the tourism sector,” according to Global Travel Industry News.
Riviera Maya real estate has also benefited from the growing tourist numbers,and the area is now home to more than 100 new hotels,most of which were added over the last decade. This year is also poised to be a record-breaking year for tourism throughout the Riviera Maya,with the end of the Mayan calendar happening in late 2012.
“We expect 2012 to be another monumental year in Riviera Maya’s tourism as we enter the beginning of a new era in Maya history and continue to position the area as a Mecca for authentic cultural experiences,” shared Flota Ocampo.
Tulum is one of the region’s hottest new destinations and home to one of the world’s most unique archaeological sites and the only ancient pyramid overlooking the sea. Tulum welcomed nearly 2 million visitors in 2011 and is expected to easily break those numbers in 2012.