After one year of limited travel due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Tourism in the Mexican Caribbean is making a huge comeback.
The Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council (CPTQ) has announced that tourism in the Mexican Caribbean is making progress in re-opening and recovering from the lack of travel due to the global Covid-19 pandemic that started at the beginning of 2020.
In May 2020 there were only a total of 32 flights operating at the Cancun International Airport, These flights consisted of 12 national and 4 international. Over the last 13 months those numbers have increased to 235 daily arrivals, 82 national and 153 international for a total of 470 daily scheduled flights in and out of Cancun. 42 of these flights are coming from the United States
The Certification in Protection and Sanitary Prevention in Tourist Facilities (CPPSIT), developed by the Secretariat of Tourism of Quintana Roo has enabled businesses to adapt and shift into a new way of operating in order to accommodate the changes that came with the pandemic. The implementation of strict prevention protocols such as wearing a mask, social distancing, limited space capacity and maintaining a high standard of hygiene, has made a huge impact on lowering Covid transmission rates.
The CEO of the Quintana Roo Tourism Board, Flota Ocampo said in a recent interview that it is fantastic to see the government and citizens working together to recover from the hardships of the last year. “A year after, it is a great satisfaction to see the level of recovery that the combined effort of businessmen, workers and the Government has resulted in the great tourist reactivation that the state of Quintana Roo has experienced.” – Ocampo explained.
CPTQ has also launched tourism promotion strategies through the ‘Mexican Caribbean and The Best of Two Worlds’ campaign. These promotions and virtual fairs focused on promoting the beautiful destinations of the Mexican Caribbean. Between the efforts of adjusting protocols to fit the needs of the pandemic and the efforts of promoting safe travel again, there has been a steady increase of available flights and travelers which has positively impacted the tourism and economic crisis that was caused by the pandemic.
Since June 2020 when the Mexican Carribean got the go ahead to welcome travelers back, there has been an estimated 7 million tourists with another 6 million estimated to arrive over the next six months. Hotel occupancy in the Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres as well as the Hotel Zone of Cancun and Puerto Morelos went from under 6% in May 2020 to over 50% as of May 2021. It has been a long and hard year for tourism worldwide and the Mexican Caribbean is excited to see people travelling again.
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