According to Mexican airport operator ASUR, Cancun has registered over 6.4 million tourists since reopening during the Covid-19 pandemic. Of that, over 2.7 million were American travelers on vacation.
The resort city continues to be one of the top destinations in the world during the pandemic and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Cancun Tourism Recovery
Cancun was one of the first destinations in the world to reopen for tourists back in June of 2020.
In total, the vacation hotspot registered 12.4 million tourists for the year. The remarkable fact is that over half of the visitors came during the worldwide pandemic.
While most destinations were plagued by restrictions and reduced flight connectivity, it was the opposite in Cancun.
International Visitors To Cancun
During the pandemic Cancun saw over 2.9 million international tourist arrivals. The vast majority came from the United States.
- 2.7 million were American travelers
- 100 K were from Canada
- 100 K were from other countries
Cancun is also the number one holiday hot spot for nationals. Since the pandemic began, 3.55 million domestic passengers have visited the city.
Cancun Recovered 69% of its Tourism In December
In December of 2020 alone, Cancun recorded 1.6 million visitors. That number shows a 69% recovery from December of 2019 when the city registered 2.3 million visitors.
Cancun City Council President, Mara Lezama celebrated the recovery.
“Although the COVID-19 pandemic affected tourism worldwide, in Cancun, the cooperation of various sectors allowed the giant [Cancun] to remain standing! We will continue to advance in the recovery and economic reactivation always making health and safety a top priority.” said Lezama.
Why Is Cancun So Popular During The Pandemic?
Cancun has the perfect recipe for a vacation for those willing to take the risk of traveling during the pandemic.
The city has non-stop flights from almost every major city in the United States and Canada. During the pandemic, travelers have been looking at direct flights to reduce travel time as much as possible.
First Destination Awarded With The Safe Travels Seal
Cancun was the first destination in the world to be awarded with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) ‘Safe Travels Seal‘.
Lezama stated that this gave domestic and international tourists the confidence to visit the destination.
Cancun Hotels Hitting Maximum Occupancy Allowed Under State Rules
Some popular Cancun hotels were reported to have hit the maximum capacity allowed under the state of Quintana Roo's epidemiological traffic light system. The system only allowed for 60% at the current rate of covid-19 infections but over the holidays, hotels were able to apply for a special permit to increase capacity to 80%.
The Cancun City Council reported total hotel occupancy reached 54.2% of the 35,000 rooms available in Cancun over the holidays.
145 hotels have now reopened in Cancun and are operating at a maximum of 60% capacity.
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