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Summer Tourism Numbers are Spiking Early in Cancun & Riviera Maya,Mexico

05 July, 2015

According to the state government of Quintana Roo,Mexico,which is home to Cancun,Playa del Carmen,Cozumel Island,Tulum and countless other charming seaside communities along the Mexican Caribbean Sea,the summer tourism season has started early in 2015 with a steady increase in the number of visitors.

“The area is expecting between 45,000 and 50,000 American student visitors this summer alone,” revealed the State Department. “This represents an increase of more than 5 percent from last year and 10 percent from the same season in 2013.”

In years past,the majority of students traveling to the Riviera Maya and Cancun during summer break have begun arriving in July,but the Cancun International Airport has also reported a dramatic increase in student travelers from the U.S. states of Texas,California and New York as classes let out for the summer break.

This region is also a favorite destination among adult travelers of all age groups,with summer visitors fanning out to explore areas from Cancun south throughout the Riviera Maya,including quaint seaside villages like Puerto Aventuras and Puerto Morelos,as well as the larger up-and-coming city of Playa del Carmen and the ancient eco-chic town of Tulum. In fact,the wide variety of offerings and affordability of tourism in the Riviera Maya attracts families with children and teens of all ages,as well as college students.

Of course,all of this activity means that tourism in Cancun and the Riviera Maya provides a major boost to the local economy every year,with the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the State Secretariat of Tourism (SEDETUR) both estimating that the average tourist spends between $1,000 and $2,000 USD above the cost of lodging and airfare for every five days he or she remains in town,just on entertainment,shopping,adventure or sightseeing tours and dining out.

“If you treat people well they will return to vacation here again,to get married,join travel groups and over the years,families are formed,” shared Jesus Almaguer Salazar,who is quite vocal about his belief in the long-term importance of these visitors. “Repetitive tourism represents at least 23 percent of the visitors that return to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. They return because of the excellent service and safety of the area.”

Early this year,the Secretary of State Tourism in Quintana Roo also revealed that it had recorded a significant rise in the total number of visitors arriving between January and November of 2014,which caused hotel occupancy rates throughout Cancun and the Riviera Maya to increase dramatically.  

Want to know more about what makes this area so fantastic? Ask us any question that comes to mind and we’ll be happy to answer it in the comments section below,or click here to discover the 5 Best Beach Bars in Mexico’s Riviera Maya!