Hotels are already predicting upwards of 90% occupancy rates for 2017 in Mexico’s Riviera Maya during Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa in Spanish), which stretches from April 9-April 15 and also encompasses the spring break holiday for many travelers. Stretching south for more than 80 miles from Cancun along Mexico’s only Caribbean coast, the Riviera Maya region is home to popular destinations like Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum, providing a variety of different options for travelers of all ages who need to enjoy some fun in the sun during Easter or spring break.
Rising Tourism Numbers in Mexico
Although Easter week and spring break are popular times to travel throughout all of Mexico, the most-visited destinations are always Cancun and the Riviera Maya, which is home to some of the most breathtaking beachfront real estate in the world. This year, the area’s rising popularity has travel experts predicting that hotel occupancy rates could rise as high as 94-97% percent. In fact, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) predicts that visitor numbers to Cancun and other beachfront destinations in the Riviera Maya – including Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras – will hit nearly 5 million during 2017.
Furthermore, when looking at the bigger picture nearly half a million travelers visited the beaches of Cancun and the Riviera Maya in December of last year, which happens to be a 14.6% increase over the same period in 2015, and nine of Mexico’s busiest airports – including the Cancun International Airport – reported around a 14% increase in movement. Although tourism number increases year-over-year are common for popular destinations in Mexico, December 2016 turned out to be even busier than the most optimistic travel authorities predicted – a trend that is now expected to carry over to Easter and spring break 2017.
Mexico Spring Break Security Measures
Although the Riviera Maya is safer than many popular U.S. cities, the Mexican government has opted to step up security throughout the region during Semana Santa and spring break in Mexico. Orlando Muñoz Gómez, who serves as the General of Civil Protection, announced that next Friday, April 7, will be the beginning of the holiday operative “Semana Santa 2017", which will be coordinated among security forces from all three levels of government to ensure the safety of all visitors.
“During this holiday period there is a large influx of tourism in a beach area and vacationers arrive on the highways, so we will be working together with the federation and the government of the state,” shared Muñoz Gómez.
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So, Where are you planning to go for spring break this year?