Tourists break new records visiting Mexico’s ever-popular Riviera Maya
As August 24th marks the first day back to school, it also marks the end of another tourist season. It didn’t take long for officials to publish the final tourist results from summer 2015.
According to preliminary figures from the Association of Hotels and Trusts Promotion, the state of Qunitana Roo, which is home to the popular tourist cities of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Tulum — to name a few — saw more than 1.8 million visitors this summer alone. This is an overall increase of 1.2 percent compared to the same time last year.
State governor, Roberto Borge Angulo, said that Cancun and Puerto Morelos reported an economic benefit in excess of $420 million USD from a 3.3 percent increase in tourist arrivals. During the period of July 15 to August 17, the Riviera Maya hosted over 810,000 tourists.
Both Cancun and the Rivera Maya reported an average occupancy rate of just over 87 percent, with peak periods of a 95 percent occupancy rate. Other popular tourist destinations such as Isla Mujeres and Cozumel saw an increase of 5.1 percent and 1.5 percent respectively, compared to the same time last year.
Ercé Barron Barrera of the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo), said that this summer, ferry records were broken with the busiest seeing over 11,000 riders in a single business day.
Miriam Cortés, Executive President of the Association of Vacation Clubs of Quintana Roo (Acluvaq), said that investment properties averaged a 98 percent occupancy rate while some timeshare developments saw 100 percent occupancy rates this summer. Overall, these figures represent a 6 percent increase from the previous year.
Head of Public Relations of the Cancun International Airport, Eduardo Rivadeneira Nunez, reported that from July 15th to August 20th, 15,727 national and international scheduled arrivals and departures were recorded. He said that in July alone, passenger traffic grew 14 percent to just over 1.9 million domestic and foreign travelers.