Hotel occupancy rates in Mexico during the first quarter of 2016 were the highest ever recorded since the Secretariat of Tourism began keeping track in 2004, reported Mexico News Daily. And it’s important to note that this year’s record high occupancy rates come despite the growing number of hotels,resorts and condos that have been built in recent months and years.
“Hotels in 70 destinations saw an average 59% occupancy rate.”
Safety, ease of travel and affordability are all important factors in the growing number of tourists who visit Mexico each year, but 2016 is especially attractive due to the recent drop of the Mexican peso against the US dollar, which is making travel more affordable than ever. Also, the nation’s place is secure among the world’s top 10 most-visited countries for tourism, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which is making Mexico increasingly attractive for investors.
“Mexico went from sixth to fifth place among the top destinations chosen by American investors in the Latin world,” according to a survey by AT Kearney consultants. “Companies in the region continue to rely on Mexico”.
Of course,a spike in tourism also means that vacation rentals in Mexico are on the rise,especially in places like Cancun and Playa del Carmen on the Mexican Caribbean,as well as Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta on the country’s Pacific coast. Infrastructure also gets a boost from increased tourism,and countless new condo,resort and hotel projects are going up right now throughout Mexico.
“In 2007, the Guinness Book of World Records named Playa del Carmen the fastest-growing city in Latin America”, wrote MarketWatch. “Now in 2015 Playa is continuing on that trend”.
The Riviera Maya News reported in June that Canadian tourism to Mexico has also seen a major spike in 2016 – especially in Cancun and the adjacent Riviera Maya region. According to figures released last month by the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation, the Cancun International Airport has seen an impressive increase of more than 20 percent in the number of Canadian travelers to the region this year. This amounts to 111,000 tourists from Toronto alone between January and April of 2016 and a total of 315,000 Canadian travelers during the same period. For additional perspective, this is compared to just 254,000 during the first quarter of 2014.
“We are experiencing a tourism boom in the country”, shared Rafael Garcia, who serves as president of the Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels, in an interview with Mexico News Daily.
The highest occupancy rates in Mexico during the first quarter of 2016 were reported in the Riviera Maya’s luxurious Playacar development, which is located in Playa del Carmen, at an impressive 88 percent, followed by Nuevo Vallarta in Mexico’s up-and-coming Riviera Nayarit. Other places reporting record tourism in 2016 so far include Akumal in the Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun, which are all above 80 percent.
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