The Post-Pandemic Rebound Continues In Quintana Roo
Visitors to Cancun and the surrounding areas should anticipate huge crowds this winter, with hotel occupancy reaching within touching distance of 100%.
Cancun is facing one of its busiest seasons ever. Roberto Cintron Gomez, President of the Cancun Hotel Association stated that many hotels are now reporting 100% occupancy this winter.
“Hotels are reporting 100% capacity over the winter and we are promoting heavily. We also want to bring down our room rates which are trending very high right now.”
For the last year, Mexico has been a destination of high value for millions of visitors. The lack of entry requirements combined with the tropical allure of the Mexican-Caribbean coastline have proven to be worthy of investment for travel agents and airlines around the world.
With Mexico leading the way, the Caribbean has effectively become the center of the tourism industry globally, and has successfully honed in on the pent up travel frustrations generated over almost two years of lockdowns and heavy restrictions.
As early as October, the tourism board for Cancun was reporting as high as 45% occupancy already booked for the first two months of 2022, with the number only increasing as the winter months draw colder around more northerly countries.
Most of the major US airlines have invested significantly in the region, adding extra flights per week to long standing routes, as well as adding plenty of brand new routes from destinations slightly further afield.
The trend has applied to budget carriers and high end players alike. American Airlines have built greatly in Mexico this year, including some interesting new destinations like Chetumal, the state capital fo Quintana Roo. Meanwhile, low fare airlines like Canada’s Swoop have added direct flights to Cancun from Toronto and further afield in the country.
Mexico currently functions on a colored light system to signify the severity of COVID in the region, working its way from red (the most severe, only essential actives permitted), to green (restriction free). Quintana Roo is currently running on a green light, along with much of the rest of the country, so life in the state is running almost as normal, adding yet another attractive quality to the region.
Many of the other Caribbean countries are relatively easy to enter, with no required tests and vaccine requirements, but once a traveler has entered, they are often subject to geographical barriers preventing them moving around the country. Jamaica, for example, has “resilient corridors” set in place, barring unvaccinated travelers from leaving the area. Mexico, and in particular those states with a green light, do not face this problem.
The confidence in the area is also mirrored by the accommodation investment in the region. Billions of dollars are currently being spent on new hotels, ranging from high end all inclusive spots like the new Hilton Cancun, to more budget friendly alternatives. Hilton alone has seven properties opening in Quintana Roo in the near future.
Flights aren’t just heading from North America. The restriction free experience is drawing European travelers, not so keen on the dynamic nature of new rulings in many of the more typical sun and sea locations across the Atlantic.
Carriers like Aeroflot have added direct flights from major cities around the continent, direct to Cancun, and as countries like Scotland are adding direct flights to Barbados to their inventory, more Mexican itineraries can’t be too far beyond the realm of imagination.
Travelers hoping to enjoy the Mexican Caribbean should keep abreast of any potential changes that could impact their travels, and brace for what could be one of the busiest seasons in the region’s history as a resort town.
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