2016 is already shaping up to be a fantastic year for tourism – and consequently real estate – in Cancun and the adjacent region known as the Riviera Maya,with TripAdvisor naming Tulum the year’s top destination,and Governor Roberto Borge Angulo confirming that hotels in the main tourist destinations in the region were completely full during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
“We are beginning the most popular season of the year,with projections of full capacity at destinations like Cancun,Puerto Morelos and the Riviera Maya,as well as destinations with more than 85 percent capacity like Holbox,Cozumel,Isla Mujeres and the south of the state,” Borge revealed,according to The Yucatan Times.
The governor added that preliminary figures from the Tourism Secreatariat (Sedetur),show that hotel rooms in Cancun and the Riviera Maya were full to capacity. There were even some instances of overbooking that required alternative real estate solutions. Fortunately,there are a variety of condos,homes and villas available for rent throughout Cancun and the Riviera Maya,as well as some exquisite boutique hotels that are a bit off the beaten path.
The full-to-capacity status of Cancun and the Riviera Maya also had the unexpected benefit of providing an economic boost in other tourist centers in Mexico,as thousands of would-be visitors are forced to look elsewhere for accommodations.
“This is the result of intense promotions carried out at tourist fairs in Mexico and abroad,with the support of President Enrique Peña Nieto,entrepreneurs,and with the effort to increase connections with Mexican airports and foreign hubs like Panama,Lima,Santiago de Chile,Europe and the East Coast of the United States,” Borge opined.
He added that the winter season for 2016 has been “excellent” so far and is showing no signs of slowing down,with all rooms booked at more than 80,000 hotels in Cancun,Puerto Morelos,Cozumel,Isla Mujeres,Holbox,the Riviera Maya and the Costa Maya.
“We expect visitors from the United States,Canada and from other parts of Mexico to enjoy their vacations at beaches,malls and the main tourist attractions,” Borge explained. “This vacation season will have an important economic impact that will benefit not just service providers,but also the workers and families of Quintana Roo.”
Sedetur member Laura Fernández Piña also revealed last week that a national tourism spike actually began in the state of Quintana Roo – where both Cancun and the Riviera Maya are found. This spike is expected to conclude in mid-January. Finally,Ercé Barrón Barrera,who serves as director of Integral Port Administration for Quintana Roo added that early numbers are revealing at least a two percent increase in demand for maritime travel,as compared to the high season last year.
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