According to recent reports by Mexico’s State Secretary of Tourism,the Bank of Mexico and independent hotel industry tracker STR Global,the number of visitors so far this year has already set a new record,prompting plans to debut more than 50 new hotels in the Mexico-Caribbean region by 2015.
“The number of tourists in Mexico hit a record in the first half of the year,with more than 14 million foreigners touching down,almost 20 percent more compared to last year,the Tourism Department said,” writes NBC News. “The increase in visitors this year means it’s one of the fastest-growing sectors of Mexico’s economy,bringing in $8.4 billion in foreign currency in the first half of the year.”
The Tourism Ministry also reports that the number of air passengers grew by more than 10 percent between January and June,compared to the same period in 2013,accompanied by a greater number of international flights,which increased by 7.3 percent. According to the report,travelers from the U.S. have encompassed the largest number of international visitors to Mexico so far this year at 56.5 percent of the total,followed by Canadians at 15.3 percent. In addition,figures show that air traffic from the UK to Cancun airport has almost doubled since 2006,reaching 657,980 in 2013.
“As the season draws to an end,officials here are boasting a bumper season in the country’s top resorts,including Puerto Vallarta,Los Cabos and Cancun,where hotels have been packed to the highest levels ever,” writes NBC News.
One result of this dramatic increase is the rise in new plans for Mexico’s hotel development pipeline,with the Caribbean Journal reporting that STR Global predicts the region will debut at least 58 new hotels in 2015,which equals around 10,848 new rooms. Through August of this year,the Caribbean-Mexico region saw a total of 96 new hotels,equaling around 14,848 rooms.
“Tourism is very important to this country,” shared Marc Murphy,tourism director for upscale hotels and resorts in Mexico. “With this many great beaches,and planes to reach them from all over the world,the tourism industry could keep growing and growing.”
On Mexico’s Caribbean Coast,visitors are flocking to Cancun,Isla Mujeres and the Riviera Maya,which is home to Playa del Carmen,Tulum,Cozumel Island and Puerto Aventuras,to name only a few of the region’s many luxurious destinations. In Cancun,a slew of new hotels,as well as the small but well-done Museo Maya de Cancun and the ethereal Cancun Underwater Museum are attracting new visitors,while the Riviera Maya region just to the south offers easy access to ancient Mayan ruins and remote villages,adventure tourism and some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world.
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It’s also important to note that travel in and around Mexico’s popular tourist and business destinations – both on the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts and those in between – is safer than many U.S. cities,including Miami,Philadelphia,Chicago,New Orleans,Washington D.C. and Atlanta.
In addition,the U.S. State Department has not issued a travel advisory for the states of Baja California Sur (home to Cabo San Lucas and La Paz); Quintana Roo (home to Cancun,Cozumel,Playa del Carmen,the Riviera Maya and Tulum); Yucatan (home to Merida and Chichen Itza); Chiapas (home to San Cristobal del las Casas); Guanajuato (home to San Miguel de Allende and Leon); Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta in the state of Jalisco; Mexico City; Oaxaca (home to Oaxaca,Huatulco and Puerto Escondido); Campeche; Hidalgo; Tlaxcala; Puebla; Queretaro and Tabasco.
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