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Cancun Smashing All Tourism Records As Popularity Skyrockets

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The number of travelers flocking to Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean continues to break records as over 8.4 million visitors set foot in the city during the first quarter of the year.

Aerial Panoramic of Cancun Hotels Zone

Cancun has reported back-to-back arrival records since the removal of Covid-19 measures, and the trend is likely to continue for the rest of the year as the city smashes record after record.

Here’s why Cancun’s travel numbers show no signs of stopping:

Cancun International Airport Welcomes Whopping 8.4 Million Passengers 

New statistics published this week by Mexican tourism officials show that Cancun International Airport reported a record-shattering 8.4 million passengers during the first quarter of the year.

The figure is all the more impressive considering that it represents around 25% more than the same period last year when the city reported its previous record.

Beach and resorts in Cancun resort zone

With global travel numbers exploding, Americans are flocking to the Caribbean in record numbers, and many of them are opting for Cancun. Officials in the resort destination have adopted several decisions that partially explain the destination’s soaring popularity.

Cancun International Airport has implemented significant improvements over the past year by introducing new electronic immigration kiosks for North American travelers. Nowadays, the cutting-edge airport is one of the most digitalized in Mexico, offering speedy entry procedures and minimal red tape.

The North American market remains the main source of inbound tourism in Cancun, with around 2.8 million travelers hailing from the U.S. and Canada in the first quarter. Recent statistics show that U.S. travel warnings have failed to materialize, and Americans are still keen on visiting their favorite Mexican resort destination.

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As Cancun gradually heads to the summer season, arrival figures show no signs of stopping. In fact, some officials have said that the sun-soaked region has become so popular among travelers that it will no longer have a low season. 

Meanwhile, many online travel agencies have ranked Cancun as the leading destination in Latin America this year, including the Buenos Aires-based Despegar, which is projecting double-digit growth for the resort hotspot this year. 

Chichen itza tourist view

Despite lingering concern over Cancun’s safety issues, the coastal resort city just wrapped up one the busiest spring and Easter periods on record. No significant crimes affecting travelers directly were reported, and hotels and resorts reported occupancy rates of nearly 90%.

Other destinations close to Cancun are also reporting growing arrival figures, including Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, and Costa Mujeres. 

Officials Concerned Over Cancun’s Saturated Resort Zone

All that glitters is not gold, however, and authorities are reportedly concerned about the sustainability of Cancun’s packed resort zone, which is continuing to see more resorts pop up.

Beach and resorts in Cancun resort zone

While skyrocketing arrival figures are a great thing for the sun-soaked city, many travelers have complained of excessive traffic, noise, and pollution. Moreover, some officials and analysts believe the city is reaching its maximum capacity.

Even so, more and more hospitality firms are set to open new properties in Cancun’s resort zone, and over 3000 new hotel rooms are expected to become available this year alone.

Walk through trail in Cancun beach

Cancun is already home to a whopping 43,000 rooms – the highest number in the country – but that hasn’t stopped investors from launching new properties. 

For now, travelers can’t seem to get enough of Cancun. The city’s top-rated white-sand beaches, unparalleled hospitality, and excellent safety precautions place it firmly as the leading destination for Americans.

Beachgoers in Playa del Carmen in packed location

With the launching of the landmark Maya Train railway project later this year, as well as the construction of several costly infrastructure projects, traveler numbers are expected to continue soaring. 

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