Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean have just wrapped up one of the busiest Easter holidays on record.
The coastal resort town welcomed a whopping 500,000 holidaymakers from across the globe over the past week, with many of them hailing from the United States.
The record-shattering flurry of travelers puts to rest any concerns that recent U.S. travel warnings may dampen Americans’ enthusiasm for Cancun. If anything, the city appears to be as popular as ever, if not more so.
This week, new statistics show that despite alarm among the local travel industry, Cancun resorts remain packed, with average occupancy rates well above 80% during the first few months of the year.
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Cancun’s award-winning mix of year-round sun, top-notch hospitality, and unparalleled nightlife opportunities continue to attract travelers in record numbers.
New figures published by the country’s tourism authorities reveal that Cancun’s resorts are some of the busiest in Mexico, with around 82% of all rooms sold out on average.
The figure places Cancun in the top spot when it comes to occupancy rates, alongside Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. Compared to its national counterparts, Cancun has more rooms and a much greater array of accommodations, with 75% of all new resorts in the country located in the coastal resort region.
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Meanwhile, Cancun International Airport tops the charts as the busiest aerial hub for international passenger traffic in Mexico.
The Easter weekend saw over 1,300 flights land or take off as travelers flocked to get a taste of Cancun’s tropical vibes.
Cancun has consistently ranked as one of the busiest resort destinations in Mexico this year, and it’s likely it will retain its leading position in terms of hotel occupancy.
Much like its southern counterpart, Playa del Carmen, Cancun is becoming a year-round destination for Americans.
Many analysts say the city’s growing popularity and demand are translating into higher nightly rates across Cancun’s resorts.
Despite rising prices and inflation, travelers have their eyes set on the Caribbean hotspot.
Projections show that travel numbers are expected to continue climbing this year as Americans budget more money for vacations.
A growing number of North Americans will opt for Caribbean destinations like Cancun, as evidenced by travel platforms like Tripadvisor.
Travel Warnings Aren’t Stopping Americans From Visiting Cancun
The United States surprised Mexican Caribbean officials when it issued a travel warning for Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum in mid-March, just before the peak Spring Break travel periods.
Shortly prior to that, Texas alerted its residents about traveling to Mexico following a kidnapping of U.S. citizens in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
Despite the warnings, well over a million travelers flocked to Mexican Caribbean hotspots during Spring Break and Easter, and no significant cases of violent crime occurred.
The remarkably safe Easter holidays can be attributed to the action taken by local and state officials, who launched a massive security operation to protect travelers.
Thousands of law enforcement personnel were deployed across Cancun and other Mexican Caribbean hotspots over Easter and Spring Break. The massive security apparatus – which saw deployments from the Mexican Army, National Guard, and local police – helped deter organized crime.
Even though Cancun’s resort zone is a safe destination for travelers, it’s worth noting that Quintana Roo is currently under a Level 2 travel advisory as per the U.S. The Department of State and visitors should take certain precautions.
If you’re one of the many Americans planning on visiting Cancun this year, opt for popular resort locations that have excellent around-the-clock security.
Read up on some basic safety tips, which include things like avoiding walking alone unaccompanied at night or carrying valuables in broad daylight.
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