The decrease in the number of arrivals of tourists to Quintana Roo during July, the numbers of service providers and hoteliers who report a drop in this summer season compared to last year. Given this decline, the challenge of hoteliers is to prevent the occupation from lowering further, since they would be forced to carry out drastic measures such as the partial closure of hotels and dispense with a certain number of employees.
The president of the Association of Hotels of Cancun and Puerto Morelos, Roberto Cintrón Gómez, had previously informed that the occupation remained 3 percentage points below those registered during the summer of 2018, attributable to both the sargassum and the rental boom of private homes through Airbnb-type platforms, as REPORTUR.mx reported.
This trend, he added, has been a constant in the second half of 2019, in addition, reservations allow them to anticipate that at least during the autumn season that goes from September to the end of November will remain between 3.5 and 4.5 percentage points below what observed a year earlier.
He added that the challenge is to prevent the occupancy from lowering further and the low seasons that forced many to apply measures such as the partial closure of hotels and dispense with a certain number of employees in order to cope with the slower months.
On the other hand, the Hotel Association of the Riviera Maya said in a statement that in the first half of the year they presented an occupation of 2 percentage points below that registered in 2018, which is the tonic with which the second will continue half of 2019.
Iván Ferrat Mancera, president of the Quintana Roo Nautical Associates, said that although in recent weeks the sargassum gave way, the balance a few days after the end of the season, which will end on August 26, is that between 6 and 7 points will remain percentages below the previous year’s sales.
“We cannot say that it was a bad season, we reached levels of 89 or 90% occupancy, but last year we reached 95 or 96%; yes we suffer a low during this season.
Regarding the arrival of passengers, it should be noted that the Cancun International Airport showed a 2.5% reduction in domestic passenger traffic, from 938,633 in July 2018 to 914,987 in the same month of 2019; the decline was greater in international travelers, from 1 million 531,041 to 1 million of 484,897 in the reference period (3.0 percent), according to the Southeast Airport Group
The most drastic fall was at Cozumel airport, which reduced its volume of domestic passengers by 5.4% and that of international passengers by 35.7%. Recently, the secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo, Marisol Vanegas, explained that it will be difficult for the state to meet the goal set for this summer, and said they prepare an analysis of what type of markets is declining.