Snow and long weekends have seen many Americans take cover in Cancun already this year
Low winterish temperatures, dustings of snow and the celebration of American Thanksgiving have resulted in a large influx of travelers to Cancun already this year. Since November 18, local hotel occupancy rates in Cancun and the Riviera Maya are between 82 and 87 percent.
Carlos Gosselin Maurel, president of the Hotel Association for Cancun and Puerto Morelos, says “The start of the snowfall is a factor that speeds the arrival of tourists from the north to Cancun, which is expected to have an occupation rate of 95 to 100 percent during the winter season.”
Normally the region benefits from American Thanksgiving as tourists head south during the last week of November. However, over the past few years, more and more US travelers are arriving earlier in the month. Instead of arriving during the last week of the month, they’re arriving during the middle of November and staying longer.
Guests who travel to Cancun during the holidays are offered special dinners, says Erika Mitzunaga, Public Relations for Fiesta Americana Coral Beach. Over holidays such as Christmas, hotels put on a Mexican Caribbean celebration which includes lighted Christmas trees.
Laura Fernández Piña, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo explained that, “With the American celebration of Thanksgiving, holiday destinations in Quintana Roo will be filled from December to next March.”
The bulk of tourists stay in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, however, Holbox, Isla Mujeres and Tulum also benefit from the large amount of tourists that visit the region.