Cancun-Riviera Maya Visitors Expected to Reach Near 4.9 million for 2017
Perhaps it’s the early winter weather, but the Cancun International Airport has seen a sharp increase in visitors during the last holiday season. While vacation number increases are common year-over-year, the month of December turned out to be busier than anticipated.
According to ASUR, Aeropuertos del Sureste, approximately half a million people hit the beaches of Cancun and the Riviera Maya during the month of December, a figure that turns out to be a 14.6% increase over December of 2015. Overall, nine of the busiest airports in Mexico experienced a 13.9% increase in movement.
ASUR officials say that across the country, national travellers increased 17.8% to more than 1.2 million in December, while international visitor rates saw a 10.8% increase with over 1.4 million visitors. Holiday-goers were responsible for the 90% occupancy rate in Cancun hotels during the last weeks of December and 84% occupancy rate for the Riviera Maya.
The next influx of visitors is expected in April when both international and domestic tourists head for the Caribbean Sea coast to enjoy their holiday season. The Ministry of Tourism says they anticipate an 85% average occupancy rate for hotels in the area over the spring break.
For 2017, the World Tourism Organization says visitor numbers to the Cancun/Riviera Maya region should near 4.9 million.
New hotels being added to the mix this year will be an extensive renovation of Temptation Resort, Moon Palace and Iberostar Cancun, all of which are adding more rooms. New construction projects include Palladium Hotel and a 180-room conference centre at Puerto Cancun. The Riviera Maya will see the addition of projects such as Breathless and Dreams Villas Playa del Carmen as well as the inauguration of Garza Blanca Hotel and the Saint Regis Xcalacoco.