A new report has found that Cancun is the most searched for beach destination among national tourists in Mexico. In second was Acapulco followed by Mazatlán and Tijuana.
Acapulco was most likely the second most search destination due to its close proximity to Mexico City.
A rising middle class in Mexico is creating a surge in domestic travel. While International tourist arrivals are still down 49% from pre-pandemic levels, domestic tourism has now seen a complete recovery and even growth in 2021.
While Cancun was the most search and most visited destination for national tourists over spring break, it did not see the largest growth over 2019.
Mazatlán, Los Cabos, Tijuana all had increases in domestic tourism over 2019 levels. Tijuana, whose airport has had one of the fastest recoveries of the pandemic served 536,000 passengers in March which is an increase of 8% compared to the same period two years ago.
The Mazatlán International Airport reported a staggering 22% growth in domestic arrivals over 2019 pre-pandemic levels during Easter week. Cancun registered a 5% growth while Los Cabos also saw growth of 1% in domestic arrivals.
ASUR who manages the Cancun International airport recorded 692,686 domestic tourists and 877,579 international tourists for a total of 1,570,265 total visitors for the month of March.
Cancun received a total of 12.3 million passengers in 2020 with 6.8 being international visitors. Cancun is well known for being one of the top tourist destinations for Americans and the gateway to the entire Mexican Caribbean. Travelers arriving in Cancun are either staying in the city to enjoy luxury all inclusive resorts or headed to the nearby tourist hotspots of Playa Del Carmen, Tulum and Cozumel.
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