The already very modern Cancun International Airport is poised for another expansion according to a new 2019-2023 investment plan released by Mexico’s leading airport operator, Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, or Asur. The new investments are coming on the heels of consistently rising (and often record-breaking) tourism numbers year after year in Mexico’s entire Riviera Maya region, which stretches about two hours south from Cancun and includes Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum. Read on to learn more about this magical region’s growth and see what makes the Mexican Caribbean one of the world’s best beach vacation destinations!
“The Cancun International Airport is poised for additional expansion as the booming destination continues to smash visitor records”, wrote TravelPulse.
Cancun Airport Expansion
For now, upwards of 6.1 billion pesos ($303.5 million USD) has been allocated by Asur to build a new Terminal 5 at the Cancun International Airport, TravelPulse reported. Money will also be spent on a variety of upgrades over the next five years at the nearby international airport on Cozumel island, which lies just offshore from downtown Playa del Carmen and has also seen notable passenger traffic increases in recent years. In addition, the airport’s master development plan will go forward with a total investment of 24.4 billion pesos (1.2 billion USD) over the next 15 years.
“Visitor and hotel occupancy numbers are up significantly in Cancun and the surrounding Riviera Maya region”, added TravelPulse.
Working to keep up with growth, the Cancun airport just completed the expansion of Terminal 4 at the end of 2017 and return visitors will notice the upgrades as soon as they land.
Tourism Growth in Cancun and Riviera Maya
Following a trend that can be traced back to the region’s establishment as a major beach destination, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hosted at least 8 million visitors in 2017. This signaled a nearly 3 percent jump for Cancun and a jaw-dropping 8.5 percent rise for the Mexican Caribbean over the 2016 tourism numbers. What’s more, the Riviera Maya enjoys a 52 percent return visitor rate because… Well, because it’s awesome here!
“Mexico’s visitor numbers were up nearly 13 percent for the first quarter of 2018 – and that’s due in no small part to the riches of the state of Quintana Roo, which is home to the powerhouse draws of Cancun and the Riviera Maya”, wrote TravelPulse.
Even better, when you look to the future Cancun and the Riviera Maya are poised for continued growth, as even more travelers discover the long list of amazing offerings available here. Also of note, the Riviera Maya will continue to raise the bar when it comes to hotel offering, with at least 7,000 rooms set to open through the end of 2019, including a unique set of secure, income producing investment properties, and at least 30,000 more scheduled to be built over the next 10 years.
So, what’s all the hype about?
Best Beaches in the World
If you’re at all familiar with Cancun or the Riviera Maya, this might seem more than obvious, but the truth is, the beaches here really are among the world’s very best! Especially in Tulum, where you can while away the days at a variety of chic beach clubs and enjoy a dizzying array of unforgettable experiences, like touring ancient Mayan ruins overlooking the Mexican Caribbean Sea, or snorkeling along the world’s second-largest barrier reef.
Also, the thriving cities of Cancun and Playa del Carmen have their own unique vibes, with countless world-class shopping, dining and nightlife options to choose from, in addition to luxurious beach clubs, spas and watersports. The entire Riviera Maya region is also home to some of the world’s most amazing golf courses, including the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon at Mayakoba (also a stop on the annual PGA Tour) near downtown Playa del Carmen, and the Iberostar Cancun Golf Club, which was designed by veteran Japanese golfer Isao Aoki.
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