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Cancun and Riviera Maya in Mexico Attract Same Tourism as Brazil

27 October, 2016

Mexico’s state of Quintana Roo – which is home to gems like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum – attracts the same number of international tourists each year as the entire countries of Brazil and Argentina combined. Also of note, this part of Mexico hosts even more tourists each year than other popular tourism destinations like Switzerland, Egypt or India, according to Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism.

“Quintana Roo has cemented its position as the preferred Mexican region for world travelers,” shared Mexico Secretary of Tourism Enrique de la Madrid during at the 29th edition of the Cancun Travel Mart Mexico Summit last week.  

Cancun, along with the adjacent Riviera Maya region, has once again established itself as one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico. Hotels and other pieces of prime real estate – including luxury condos – in places like Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Tulum in Quintana Roo, have hosted more than 13.3 million domestic and international visitors so far this year. By contrast, in 2015 the Ministry of Tourism of Brazil – which is Latin America's largest economy and just slightly ahead of Mexico – reported the arrival of 6.3 million tourists during the same period, which is less than half the number of visitors Mexico has seen!

As one of the best countries for expats worldwide,Mexico is home to a wide variety of amazing destinations, but none of them can really compare to Cancun and the Riviera Maya when it comes to overall tourism numbers. To put it in perspective, each year Cancun alone receives more international tourists than the entire countries of Colombia and Peru! Cancun also attracts almost the same number of tourists each year as Chile. De la Madrid confirmed last week that Cancun is also the top destination in Mexico for international tourist arrivals according to area hotels, with four million visitors checking in so far this year. In addition, Mexico is second nationwide in terms of the total number of tourists to arrive so far in 2015, trailing closely behind Mexico City at nearly 6.2 million.

In total, tourism in Mexico has already generated $13.324 billion USD during the first eight months of 2016; an increase of 9.3 percent compared to the same period in 2015. Between January and August Mexico welcomed the arrival of more than 23 million people worldwide who traveled to various destinations throughout the country, which is equivalent to 8.4 percent growth compared to the same cycle last year.

Finally, De la Madrid revealed that hotel occupancy between January and August averaged 223.773 rooms occupied on a daily basis in Cancun, which is a 3 percent increase compared to the same period in 2015 and added up to an impressive average occupancy rate of 61.5 percent.

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Topics: Tourism Riviera Maya