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Yucatán Peninsula Tourism Reaching Pre-Pandemic Numbers

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Airports and cruise ship ports across the Yucatán Peninsula have been seeing pre-pandemic numbers when it comes to how many flights, cruise ships, and guests have been received as of late. A clear indication that tourism is once again booming.

The Cancun international airport just recently got through its first month with more flights than in September 2019, prior to the global pandemic which shut tourism down worldwide. With daily flights to the region reaching well over 500.

Alejandro Calligaris, country manager of Despegar México (a popular vacation booking website) said in a recent interview, “We are at a key moment to promote the reactivation of the industry and in the current context, public-private collaboration is and will be very important to reactivate local economies by leveraging the tourism industry.” Calligaris also mentioned that there was a 4.4% increase in passengers seen this September 2021, in comparison to September 2019.

Cozumel is also anticipating their busiest scheduled week since the pandemic struck. This week, the island is expecting the arrival of over 20 cruise ships. Alicia Ricalde Magaña, The general director of the Comprehensive Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) has happily announced that between November 15th, 2021, and November 21st, 2021, a total of 24 cruise ships are set to arrive.

Cruises set to arrive

  • Monday: Celebrity Summit, Adventure of the Sea, Mardi Gras and Carnival Breeze
  • Tuesday: Liberty of the Sea, Carnival Glory and Serendade of the Sea
  • Wednesday: Adida Diva, Carnival Valor, Disney Wonder and Celebrity Apex
  • Thursday: Carnival Dream, Odyssey of the Sea, Jewel of the Seas and Carnival Vista
  • Friday: Norwegian Breakaway, MSC Divina, Carnival Pride and Viking Orion
  • Saturday: Carnival Breeze & Adventures of the Sea
  • Sunday: Disney Wonder, Le Champlain and Crystal Serenity

Despite the global pandemic and recent incidents, Cancun and the rest of the Yucatán Peninsula have been receiving an outpour of guests and near future bookings. People are eager to get back to traveling and enjoying the adventure life has to offer, and they are doing just that. The increase in bookings shows that it’s going to be a pleasantly busy winter for wanderlusts traveling for a little extra fun in the sun.

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