Travelers planning for a vacation getaway to a beach resort destination in the Mexican Caribbean will have a record-breaking number of flights to choose from between now and the peak spring holiday travel season.
Record Number of Flights
According to Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council Director Javier Aranda Pedrero, there will be about 36,000 flights available for travelers to the Mexican Caribbean tourist destination hotspots between now and March of 2024, an increase of 14 percent over the same time last year.
All of those flights mean that visitors to the Mexican Caribbean will have seven million seats available on flights through the peak spring holiday travel season next year.
Amazingly, those numbers don’t include the opening of Tulum International Airport which recently took place.
Most of the added flight capacity for tourists is focused on the United States.
The increase in flights from the United States alone increased 13 percent during the period. When looking at individual cities, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Chicago account for 677,000 aircraft seats.
Strong Hotel Room Occupancy Expected
The increase in passenger seats from the record number of flights on the schedule means that hotel occupancy in the Mexican Caribbean should also be strong heading into the new year.
The Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council expects occupancy levels in the area’s resorts and hotels to average 85 percent through the end of this year.
Reasons for the Demand
Part of the major reason for the strong demand for flights and hotel rooms this year is due to the increased level of marketing that the Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council has invested in this year.
Even though the era of post-pandemic revenge travel is starting to slow down as the economic conditions soften in the United States and around the world, the Mexican Caribbean remains a popular vacation getaway for travelers looking for a beach resort destination.
A number of different developments in the area have caused quite a buzz among travelers to the region.
For example, the opening of the brand-new Maya Train, the debut of the Tulum International Airport and redevelopment of the Merida city center are all causing excitement among travelers to the region.
Also, the fact that other beach resort destinations in Mexico are skyrocketing in price when it comes to hotel rooms and flights has visitors seeking other more budget-friendly locations.
The room rates in the Mexican Caribbean tend to be more tourist-friendly, and the added flights help keep airfares affordable.
What Travelers Need to Know
The record number of flights on the books for the Mexican Caribbean, not including the opening of the Tulum International Airport, means airfares should remain accommodating for travelers’ pocketbooks and wallets.
However, it also forecasts that the airlines and resort hotels are expecting their products to be in strong demand through the peak winter holidays and into March of next year.
Travelers should consider making travel arrangements to the Mexican Caribbean well in advance to ensure the best resort and flight availability.
Smart visitors will make sure that they book resort hotel rooms that allow for cancellation and rebooking in the event that the prices were to fall across the region.
The impact of the new Tulum International Airport on international flight availability and pricing will not be felt until March of next year, when the airport opens for international arrivals.
However, the overall expansion in flights could mean an increase in availability and more competition to serve travelers to the region. That could cause flights to be stable through March.
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