Cancun and the Riviera Maya continue to surpass last year’s tourist numbers
Even with the economic downturn in other parts of North America, Cancun and the Riviera Maya continue to attract large numbers of visitors.
State Secretary of Tourism, Laura Fernandez Pina, says hotel occupancy rates for the first two weeks of June remain high in the popular tourist destinations and it’s expected that the hotel occupancy rates will increase as much as 15 percent in both destinations during the summer months.
Cancun recorded an average of 80 percent, while hotels along the Riviera Maya reported a 78 percent occupancy rate in what is generally the off-season. High records of travelers have been one reason numerous high-end brands like the Hyatt have opened new luxury hotels in the area.
With the summer tourist season quickly approaching, most hotels in areas like Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen anticipate a gradual increase beginning next weekend. It seems more and more people have discovered why traveling to Cancun and the Riviera Maya during the summer months is such a great idea.
Fernandez Pina says that according to data provided by wholesale agencies and centers hosting different destinations, the region will likely see about 1.8 million visitors during the months of July into mid-August.
She added that during the summer holiday period an economic impact of about $220 million is expected in the state, which is a significant increase in hotel occupancy over 2014.
“We continue to step up to the sustained growth that has been imposed, leaving behind the economic crisis,” she said.
This year, state officials are hoping to exceed last year’s numbers of 15 million visitors.