Today,resorts in all of Mexico’s most popular destinations offer more than just easy access to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches,providing a wide variety of family-friendly programming and dedicated activities just for kids and teens designed to make any family vacation unforgettable,reported Travel Agent Central.
“The country’s cultural,archaeological,culinary and artistic attractions are more accessible than ever.”
As a result,interest among international travelers looking at Mexico for their next family getaway is also on the rise and the country posted record growth in the total number of tourists in 2015.
“Those numbers were especially strong in family-friendly destinations.”
In addition,the Mexican Tourism Board reported that nearly three million travelers from the U.S. alone visited Cancun in 2014,with a record number of visitors also flocking to Mexico City,Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.
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“Family travel is our most important niche and it’s probably the most important overall for Mexico,” shared Angelica Espinosa,sales and marketing manager for Catherwood Travels in an interview with Travel Agent Central.
Most recently,Mexico’s AAA Five-Diamond Velas Resorts has raised the bar on the activity programming offered for kids,teens and parents this spring. At properties located in Puerto Vallarta,the Riviera Nayarit and the Riviera Maya,Velas offers entertainment for kids such as sand castle building,water balloon wars,origami classes,kickball tournaments,foam parties,cooking and baking classes,to name only a few. Older kids and teens can enjoy a series of dedicated lounges with video games,slot machines and karaoke,as well as urban dance classes and non-alcoholic mixology classes. Parents can escape to themed parties,such as Fondue and Paella Night,martini and hookah parties,as well as mezcal and tequila tastings,salsa dancing classes and beachfront yoga. The entire family can also get together for drive-in movie nights,surfing and paddle boarding classes,eco-cycling tours,sushi-making classes,picnics and more.
“Mexico understands the family market,and that makes it so much easier,” shared Randy Otts,owner of 2 Getaway Travel,when speaking to Travel Agent Central. “The powerhouse destinations for families,of course,are Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The allure is understandable.”
The Gran Caribe Resort & Spa in Cancun and the Gran Porto in nearby Playa del Carmen offer family-friendly pricing that often includes kids-stay-free specials and complimentary dolphin swims. Both of these vibrant properties also offer complimentary membership in the Kids Club,with supervised activities throughout the day and evening for children ages four through 12,and unique T-Zone programming for teens.
“The new generation of properties on the Riviera Maya is pretty phenomenal for families,” Ott added. “They’ve all clued in to the fact that families often travel in large groups. Resorts feature connecting rooms or three-and-four-bedroom suites.”
The Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun has also announced upgrades for its kids’ club in recognition that happy children are critical for any successful family vacation,Travel Weekly reported. The resort invested a cool $2 million in the new 40,000-square-foot Coral KidZ Club,which features more than 40 indoor and outdoor activities.
“Consumers are savvy to the great service levels in Mexico and they appreciate the family-oriented emphasis,” Michael Schmeltzer,president of American Airlines,told Travel Agent Central. “Look what’s available in terms of family concierges,kids’ amenities,water parks and surf camps.”
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