The growth of tourist infrastructure in the Mexican Caribbean maintains a sizzling pace, with more than 17,000 new rooms added every seven years.
From 2001 to 2007 the figure was 17,939 added. In 2008 there were 70,528 units, and by November 20, 2015, 88,855 were numbered.
“The main area of growth is in the northern part of the state; however, there have been investments in the southern part in recent years, and it looks like there is more to come”, said Laura Fernandez Piña, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo (Sedetur).
“From January to October 2015, the state recorded 88,855 rooms, representing 2,217 more than at the end of October 2014”, Fernandez Piña said.
“Investments have continued to flow into the state in tourism, which is reflected each year with a greater number of keys, from 2008 to 2009 4,121 new keys were recorded, in subsequent years the figure did not exceed 1,500 keys; but from October 2014, to October 2015, a total of 5,699 new rooms have been registered statewide”, stated the Tourism Secretary.
“Grupo Royal is one of the chains with growth plans for the coming years, such as the “Residences Hotel” featuring a timeshare operation, which has built 400 new rooms already, and is planning to build a total of 3,000,” said Abelardo Vara Rivera, local hotelier.
“Most hotels in Quintana Roo are upscale with high occupancy rates in the past three years, generating jobs and better living conditions for the local inhabitants”, Vara Rivera continued.
From 2008 to 2011 more than eight million annual tourists arrived to the state, and that figure increased by 600 thousand more during 2010 and 2011.
It was in 2012 when demand went up to nearly nine million and a half, hitting almost 11 million the following year, and finally, the state closed 2014 with 12,257,870 visitors.
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