Post COVID recovery continues for Cancun hotels at seemingly unexpected rates. Hotels in the beach city are expecting to be at around 90% capacity over the summer months. In fact, some hotels have already filled their books all the way up to the last week of July. In spite of the fact that Cancun is looking at a year where it will close with an increase over 2019, the President of the local hotels’ association indicates that there is still room to grow in the rest of the state.
With the main Cancun hotels almost fully booked this may be more of a move to promote other tourist destinations throughout the state of Quintana Roo. Many of which are still about 15% below the occupancy levels that they consistently had in the prepandemic era.
The European Market Is Big Reason Why Cancun Hotels Are Set To Remain Almost Fully Booked
The president of the Hotels’ Association of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, and Isla Mujeres Jesus Almageur was the one who made the claims about Cancun hotels being almost fully booked through the summer. In his most recent statement he also took time to reveal a couple theories of his as to why occupancy levels are set to remain high. In his estimation it’s going to be tourists coming in from European cities that are going to boost those occupancy numbers through the month of August.
That’s not to say though that the European market will make up the bulk of the travelers visiting the region through the summer months. It’s still the American, and local markets that the city is mostly relying on, however, it’s important for Alamaguer that the European market return to the fold. The fact that airlines are reintroducing some of the routes that they had to the region, but closed off during COVID is a great sign for Cancun. Alamgeur mentioned,
“The novelty is that we are getting back many of the connections that we’d lost in the European market. This will benefit the number of tourists that will arrive from July through September. That’s why the numbers are looking up.”
Wedding Tourism Could Be A Big Part of The Summer Surge
Another factor that is going to help hotel occupancy remain high in the region is wedding and group tourism. They are seemingly picking up steam for the summer months. This situation though could affect regular leisure travelers that were looking to book one of the 52 thousand rooms that the hotels in the association have to offer. President Almageur is hoping that hotel occupancy through the summer months could mimic what took place over the Spring break season. Almageur would go on to say on this subject,
“Some hotels are already fully booked for the first week of July. The demand that they are seeing is primarily coming from tourism groups, weddings, and general travelers. With that we expect to be able to reach similar numbers to the ones that we saw over the Easter break. This is a very good sign”
Cancun Is By No Means Empty This Offseason
These spring months between Easter break, and the summer surge are traditionally considered a bit of an offseason for Cancun, and other Mexican beach cities. If you head over to Cancun hotels at the moment though you may not necessarily be able to enjoy the resort’s pool all by yourself. Occupancy rates currently sit at around 70% in Cancun’s main hotel zone. These numbers are certainly a great sign for the overall economic recovery of the region. Although ultimately good occupancy rates may end up driving the cost of Cancun vacations back up.
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