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Cancun Receives More Tourists Than Expected

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Cancun hotels this month projected an ambitious occupancy rate of around 60% or 635,000 people. Despite Cancun’s preparation to receive an influx of tourists, occupancy rates have surpassed what the city had anticipated.

Hundreds of thousands of national and international visitors have been reported to have recently arrived in Cancun. The Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council (CPTQ) stated that preliminary data reflected current occupancy rates to be between 65.1 and 65.3 percent.

busy Cancun beach tourists

The large tourism rates contain a majority of American visitors. However, this month Lizzy Cole Guerrero, CPTQ Promotion Director indicated that in addition to the large amount of national and American tourists the city welcomed, European tourism saw a significant increase.

The rise of European tourism in Cancun was caused by Mexico’s re-enabling flights recently from Madrid and Lisbon. Other European flights to Cancun came from Paris, Poland, Frankfurt, and London.

Although strict measures have been put into place throughout Europe regarding travel, tourists continue to travel across the world to visit Mexico’s tourist capital. “Despite restrictions in Europe, these flights continue to operate well,” Stated Guerrero.

plane landing in Cancun

Guerrero also added that the Mexican Caribbean has expanded its air connections, generating tourists from South American countries as well. “Currently, the Mexican Caribbean is one of the destinations with the best air connections in the world,” Guerrero said.

Governor Carlos Joaquín González, on Cancun’s above-expected hotel occupancy rates, emphasized that the state of Quintana Roo operates and depends largely on tourism, which is why the state has been strengthening and carrying out excessive sanitary measures, allowing tourism to continue in a safe manner. 

Cancun beach tourists

Cities like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum are doing exceptionally well with high tourism rates. “At Easter, we had a rise in the arrival of flights for which some hotels requested special authorization to operate above the 60 percent capacity.

It is expected that the second holiday week will continue like this, with more visitors, so it is necessary that we take care of ourselves,” González said.

As for infection rates, Joaquín expressed confidence regarding the decline in cases throughout the city and predicted that they will remain low.

hotel staff mask

Joaquín further explained that the holidays will be indicative of whether the state is ready to move forward to green epidemiological light or if it will experience another setback.

While the celebrations and large visitation rates continue to flourish in Cancun, tourists still hold the responsibility to continue adhering to health and safety protocols.

“The virus is still here, so it is necessary to not relax, to maintain good habits, to use the mask properly, keep a healthy distance and wash your hands frequently,” concluded González.

Cancun hotel occupancy

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