MÉRIDA, Yucatán.- “Cultural and artistic programs such as the “Noche Blanca”, the Yucatan Trova Festival, the Christmas and New Year celebrations as well as the Merida Fest, which will commemorate the 477 years of the city in January, will help to encourage the national and foreign tourism during December and January, so expectations are high throughout the holiday season, which is expected to reach 90 percent hotel occupancy”, said the direction of Economic Development and Tourism of the City of Merida.
Eduardo Seijo Solis, director of this municipal department, predicted that although there are still no official figures for this next season, at least the same figures from the previous year are expected, when 90 percent of hotel occupancy was exceeded and the “Overnight Stay” was 1.8 nights on average.
Interviewed after announcing the Fourth Xcalachén Chicharra Festival, the municipal official stressed that since the city is already positioned at national and international level as an important pole of tourism, the Municipality is prepared to receive a large number of visitors these months.
“It would be very difficult or risky to give a figure now, because the truth is that many tourists just spend a few hours in Mérida, for breakfast and lunch or make a visit to the museum and then continue their trip to the Caribbean or to Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas,” he added.
Seijo Solis clarified that for the next Christmas season a mixture of national and international tourism is expected, since unlike other times, in December there is a general increase of both.
“For December we will have a great influx of tourists, both national and foreign. Merida is a fascinating city, it is a destination that offers many different attractions and activities, gastronomy, sports, culture and art, “he said.
The municipal official stressed that, in addition, the capital of Yucatan has a heritage of international recognition that not only covers the Historical Center but the entire urban area, which expands the number of different options for visitors and passers-by.
TYT Newsroom with information from Ayuntamiento de Mérida