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Cancun Named Top Off-Peak Travel Destination In 2015

10 September, 2015

The 2015 off-peak travel season is already shaping up to be a busy one in Cancun,as travelers move to cash in on the lower prices,smaller crowds and amazing summer weather offered at resorts throughout the Mexican Caribbean.

“According to experts at Cheapflights.com,the month of September is a prime time for travel: The kids are back in school,families are hunkering down to resume their everyday routines,and hotels are looking to fill the empty beds left by summer holidaymakers with enticing prices,” writes French news agency AFP Relaxnews. 

Business Insider reported that Cheapflights.com has named Cancun,Mexico,one of the top five destinations for the off-peak travel season in 2015,along with Banff in Canada,the Algarve in Portugal,Cuba and Rio de Janeiro,Brazil.

Although El Nino is projected to be particularly active in the Pacific Ocean this year,the area around Cancun in the Caribbean Sea is expected to be comparatively calm throughout the coming season. This includes fewer than normal hurricanes forecast for the region,as well as a lesser chance of winding up washed out by storms while vacationing in this pristine region of Mexico.

“Take advantage of the slashed prices,child-free resorts and summer weather,” writes Business Insider.

The news of an off-peak Mexico tourism boom in Cancun and the Riviera Maya really comes as no surprise to anyone who has been watching travel trends throughout the region this year. In fact,the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced that hotel occupancy rates were recorded at 93 percent during the first half of 2015,representing a year-on-year increase of more than 2.5 percent,hinting that Mexico’s favorite holiday destination will likely enjoy a record year in tourism.

According to independent online statistics analysis website Statista.com,Cancun is now one of the world’s best performing destinations for hotel occupancy rates and is outperforming competitors in the market. To put it in perspective,throughout the Caribbean region,occupancy rates were at an average of 67 percent during the first half of 2015,compared to 61 percent in the U.S. and Europe.

“If 2014 is any indication,we are confident that 2015 will be another record-breaking year for Cancun,” stated Jesus Almaguer,CEO of the CVB.

In addition,the Yucatan Times reported last week that Mexico Tourism Secretary Saúl Ancona Salazar revealed the area has seen an increase of around 18.4 percent in the total number of visitors between January and July of this year,compared to the same period in 2014.

The CVB reportedly attributes the growth in tourism numbers to the plethora of hotel renovations and attraction openings in the region,as well as increased flight connectivity and Cancun’s growing reputation as a first class holiday destination. 

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