Visitors to The City Can Anticipate Crowds, Rising Prices, And Sold Out Flights
Cancun is predicting record-breaking tourist numbers for 2022, as over 56,000 flights are already booked.
The announcement by the Ministry of Tourism predicts the drastic increase in numbers could potentially inject $11 billion dollars into the local economy. Using the current figures, an estimated 10 and a half million seats could be taken by tourists looking to soak up the sun in the Mexican Riviera.
The numbers won’t come as a shock to anyone following Cancun’s stratospheric rise in the past year. Mexico’s relaxed stance on entry during the pandemic has drawn millions of tourists from across the globe.
Some statistics list it as one of the most popular destinations in the world last year, knocking cities like New York, Miami, and London off of their previously stable perches.
Mexico is reveling in the attention as foreign hotel brands and infrastructure projects flood the region, making it all the more appealing. But what can visitors expect in the coming months?
Firstly, the sheer volume of tourists may catch tourists off guard. The last two years have seen typically thriving cities and attractions distinctly quiet. Cancun will not be the same.
With hotels over the winter period approaching 100% in some cases and no sign of a regression to a yellow traffic light designation, expect bars, beaches, restaurants, and clubs to be packed.
As Omicron persists through the holiday months, travelers concerned about possible exposure may wish to reconsider a trip to the region. Many of the visitors in the region are there to enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere in regards to restrictions and it’s extremely probable that Omicron is going to spread quickly around the resort areas.
Some hotels have begun requiring PCR tests despite there being no formal rule requiring them to do so.
As always, with large crowds and high demand comes a rise in prices. Expect hotel prices to creep up, or in some cases explode depending on the accommodation. Just last week, Cancun was listed as one of the most expensive cities in the world to bring in the new year. Holiday prices are obviously inflated, but don’t be surprised to see a general rise across the board to match the swarms of sun-seekers flooding into the country.
The significant increase in crowds takes away the potential benefits of a last-minute vacation. With flights, hotels, and excursions filling up quickly, planning ahead is key for those hoping to head to the Mexican Riviera.
Early bookings should be key for anyone hoping to enjoy themselves in Cancun this year. This advice should be taken across all aspects of a trip. Checking flights early to avoid any last-minute hikes, and ensuring the hotel of choice has availability for the chosen dates should be top of anyone’s to-do list.
Any snorkeling trips, ruin visits, and other activities should be booked, or at least researched before arriving to avoid any disappointment.
Scoping out ideal restaurants for bookings is also highly recommended to ensure a table.
Although the figures are speculative at this point, Cancun is most definitely set to have a strong year, but travelers should not go blind to what could be a hectic trip.
Visitors are reminded to keep abreast of any potential changes in restrictions to allow for a hassle-free vacation.
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