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Numbers Reveal Big Tourism Spike In Cancun & Riviera Maya, Mexico

23 February, 2015

The Secretary of State Tourism in Quintana Roo is happy to report that 2014 saw a significant rise in the total number of tourists arriving from January through November and in the overall hotel occupancy rates, both year on year and for the month of November.

“The overall occupancy for the month of November 2014 was 82.65% – 4.53% above 2013 – while in terms of room nights occupied we are 6.51% higher than 2013,” writes Marina Vivas Sabido, statistics manager for the Cozumel & Riviera Maya Tourism Board, in the region’s monthly “Tourism Barometer” email newsletter. “In November 2014 we received a total of 369.091 tourists, which represents a rise of 8.47% compared to 2013.” 

Of this total, Sabido says about 80.83 percent are foreign tourists,which represents a 9.81 percent increase from 2013. In addition, it’s also important to note that out of the total number of 1,060,636 tourists who entered Mexico in November of 2014, around 28.13 percent – more than one quarter – stayed in the Riviera Maya. Furthermore, this number is right in line with the year end statistic, which shows 27.91 percent of the 11,584,048 international tourists entering Mexico from January through November opting to stay in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

“Officials from the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau say they exceeded 2013 numbers,” writes TravelPulse. “The destination has also welcomed a host of new and rebranded hotelswhich has likely played a role in boosting tourism numbers.”

This winter’s particularly harsh and cold weather has also played a part in the recent rise in tourism throughout Mexico’s top beachfront destinations, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum in the Riviera Maya. TravelPulse reports that early analysis from travel agents – especially those based in Midwestern and northeaster regions of the U.S. – shows unprecedented bookings to Mexico and a “healthy number” of charter flights to Mexico, including Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. 

“It’s been very gratifying to see the robust tourism numbers coming out of Mexico this year, which provide a clear indication that lingering safety concerns and the effects of the recession are, for the most part, a thing of the past,” writes TravelPulse. “One thing that’s remained a constant and has contributed significantly in enticing travelers to visit Mexico, is the ongoing commitment on the part of hoteliers to expand and enhance their products.”

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Topics: Playa del Carmen Tourism Hotels Riviera Maya Cancun