As a country, Mexico welcomed a record-breaking 39.3 million tourists in 2017, marking a massive 78.7% increase among international visitors since 2012, and no region has felt this increase more than the Riviera Maya! In addition, this year the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced that Mexico is the world’s sixth most popular destination, a big leap from number 15 in 2012.
“Mexico’s tourism industry is booming”, wrote Forbes. “The country is the No. 1 destination for tourists from the U.S. and is receiving record levels of visitors”.
During the first quarter of 2018 alone, Mexico recorded more than 10 million tourist arrivals, and national tourism officials are expecting to receive at least 40 million tourists by the year’s end, which will be another new record. International travelers are coming to enjoy a variety of major new developments in the Riviera Maya, as well as cities in Baja California Sur and Oaxaca, to name just a few of Mexico’s most popular hotspots.
Mexico also had the most bookings from U.S. travelers from October 2018 thru January 2019, according to Travelport, a travel technology company that analyzes booking data.
“In October alone, that number totals almost 195,000 bookings, a 3.7% rise, compared to last October”, wrote the Star Tribune.
Situated along Mexico’s only Caribbean coast in the state of Quintana Roo, the Riviera Maya stretches south from Cancun and includes the idyllic tourism hotspots of Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum. 16.9 million visitors came to the Riviera Maya in 2017, which represented a 5.3% increase over the previous year, and more than 53% of those travelers were repeat visitors to the Riviera Maya.
Downtown Playa del Carmen in the heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya has also experienced an increase in the number of foreign tourist arrivals in 2018, registering an 18.9% increase and impressive 91.46% hotel occupancy rate.
All of this is fantastic news for anyone who has invested in vacation home rentals or any other type of real estate in Mexico and especially in the Riviera Maya region, which is still experiencing high levels of demand that often outpace supply, creating a “perfect storm” for real estate investment.
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