Many Cancun hotels have reduced their rates by up to 40% to drive bookings for Easter holidays in the resort city. While many popular resorts will be close to their maximum capacity levels of 60% over the holiday week, overall hotel occupancy in Cancun isn’t expected to reach that level.
“Even with the actions that resorts are taking to attract tourism, it would be 40% less, compared to previous years,” said Antonio Chaves, president of the Riviera Maya Hotel Association.
Hotel operators are expecting a total occupancy in Cancun between Thursday and Easter Sunday to reach between 55%-60% while the Cancun international airport is expecting an average of 400 daily flights over the same period.
While hotel prices may be lower than previous years, airlines fares are increasing according to Roberto Cintrón Gómez, president of the Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres Hotel Association.
“The airlines are maintaining and even offering more expensive plane tickets, however those who are sacrificing the rates are the hotels, which not only affects the income of the hoteliers, but also of the workers,” he stated.
The Ministry of Tourism in Mexico is estimating the Cancun International Airport will receive over 650,000 tourists over the Easter holiday period resulting in $450 million in revenues.
While Cancun has seen a strong recovery compared to other resort destinations, it’s still down 45% from 2019 when 1.2 million visitors arrived over Easter week.
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