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Hotels In Tulum Expected To Sell Out This Winter

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Resorts and hotels in Tulum, one of the most popular resort destinations in the Mexican Caribbean, are nearly sold out this winter. The news comes as Quintana Roo, Mexico’s main tourist hotspot, heads into the busy winter and Holiday travel period, with millions planning their annual trip to the tropical warmth.

Sunny tropical view of a Tulum resort beach

Local hospitality organizations have reported sky-high occupancy rates even before the official start of the winter season. December is just around the corner, and analysts say that most large Tulum resorts are close to selling out for Christmas and New Year’s. As occupancy rates rise, so do hotel prices, and the millions of travelers expected to flock to the area over the winter are likely to push daily rates even higher. 

Tropical beach in Tulum with resort

Tulum is quickly emerging as one of the trendiest vacation destinations in the Mexican Caribbean. Although Cancun and Playa del Carmen remain the undisputed resort champions, Tulum is a breath of fresh air with its extensive history, culture, and tropical beaches. The destination has been one of the most sought-after in the Caribbean, and in the recently-held World Travel Market 2022 in London, Tulum was one of the highlights. 

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According to Carla Andrade, the director of Tulum’s Hotel Association, local hospitality establishments expect rooms to be nearly fully sold out this winter. Worldwide attention – especially among U.S. and Canadian travelers – is causing a surge in travel numbers and room bookings 

“We have just returned from London’s World Travel Market 2022, and we are a highly requested destination, especially during the winter, New Year, and January,” the representative said in an interview. 

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Tulum’s unique mix of culture, history, and wild nature makes for a one-of-a-kind travel experience that is hard to find elsewhere. According to local tourism organizations, Tulum is home to lagoons, cenotes, as well as exotic wildlife, including jaguars and several bird species.

Outdoor area of a Tulum resort with swings

The resort town is also making the headlines as the first location outside of Belgium to host Tomorrowland, the world’s largest music festival. Tulum will welcome several of the world’s leading artists next year, and tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Tulum is also gaining popularity as a wedding destination, and the city offers plenty of opportunities for newlyweds to get the perfect wedding picture. 

Although large resorts are quickly selling out, many smaller accommodations continue to have availability, offering travelers a more modest stay. The city is also home to hundreds of online vacation rentals, especially on Airbnb, although officials are in the process of tightly regulating the market to strengthen security and stem tax evasion. According to local sources, large resorts will almost certainly be fully booked this winter, whereas accommodations in the center and seaside will reach 90% occupancy. 

Small Police on Cancun Beach

Despite Tulum’s soaring popularity, the city has garnered worldwide attention due to intense infighting between criminal gangs and organized crime groups. Local authorities have responded to rising crime rates by deploying more troops, including Navy officers and the National Guard. The city has also added more lifeguards and first aid personnel on beaches to prepare for record numbers of arrivals this winter. 

Aerial view of Tulum with blue water and resorts

The Mexican Caribbean is currently under a Level 2 Travel Advisory per the U.S. Department of State, meaning that travel is overall safe but visitors are urged to exercise increased caution. Although organized crime remains a major issue across the region, it rarely affects travelers directly. Tourists can follow a few basic safety-related tips to ensure smooth sailing, such as avoiding walking alone at night or not carrying valuable items visibly.

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Sasha

Wednesday 30th of November 2022

Come on! You published a complete opposite article last week and with over 5000 rentals in Tulum many are still empty in december. Stupid reporting.

Andrej

Wednesday 30th of November 2022

Few days ago,there was an article,about Tulum,where you said,there are 75% less reservations due high prices in Tulum.