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Cancun, the crown jewel of Mexican tourism

by Sofia Navarro
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Cancun’s white sands and unique turquoise sea continue to capture both domestic and international tourism during the 33rd week of the year, once again positioning itself as the number one destination in the country.

According to figures from the Federal Ministry of Tourism, the municipality governed by Ana Paty Peralta registered a hotel occupancy rate of 77.5 percent during the previous week.

Behind Cancun, Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco followed with 72.2 percent; Los Cabos in Baja California with 72.0 percent; Acapulco in Guerrero with 60.5 percent; Villahermosa in Tabasco with 57.1 percent; and Mexico City with 55.3 percent.

Information released by the Ministry of Tourism, led by Miguel Torruco Marqués, also highlights that from August 14 to 20 this year, the average hotel occupancy rate in the country’s top 12 destinations was 62.3 percent.

However, in a year-on-year comparison for the same period, the country experienced a 2.6 percent reduction in tourism.

The positive figures from the Ministry of Tourism coincide with the report released this weekend by the Ministry of the Interior, which revealed that from January to June, 5,065,360 foreign visitors arrived at the Cancun International Airport.

The migration statistics from the Ministry of the Interior indicate that the Cancun Airport, operated by ASUR, exceeded the Mexico City International Airport’s entries by more than 1.3 million and the San José del Cabo Airport’s entries by more than 3.7 million.

The report indicates that the main entries were from the following countries:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Argentina
  • Peru

It is important to highlight that this same week, the United States Government lifted its travel alert for Quintana Roo regarding the alleged risk of kidnapping, a move celebrated by hoteliers and academics. They stated that it is good news but emphasized the need to continue working on security.

The President of the Cancun, Puerto Morelos, and Isla Mujeres Hotel Association, Jesús Almaguer Salazar, highlighted that criminal incidents or altercations, such as those caused by taxi drivers, have deterred groups or conventions from other countries. He reiterated the call for authorities to redouble efforts despite the positive statistics presented by the region.

TYT Newsroom

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