Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A report from Airbnb says that Mexico’s Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya was the power vacation spot this Easter holiday season making it the reservation leader in Latin America.
The company says that Riviera Maya has become a powerhouse vacation rental preference in Latin America, outpacing other popular cities such as Havana, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and the Dominican Republic.
According to Airbnb, they recorded 11,619 reservations for Riviera Maya for the Easter holiday season, a substantial growth over the previous year, and one that has generated profitable business opportunities for the local community.
Their report is in contrast to a recent USA Today article that says, “Violence in resort cities such as Cancún, Playa del Carmen (in Quintana Roo state)…resembles the rest of the country, but it threatens Mexico’s lucrative tourism industry.”
The figures from Airbnb are in addition to the more than 40,000 hotel reservations recorded for Riviera Maya this holiday season. Adrián Hernández Maldonado, president of the real estate section of the National Chamber of Commerce, said Airbnb provides an option in the tourist profile that differs from that of a hotel.
He says that those who stay with a host coexist more with the community and generate economic benefits in businesses located outside the tourist strips.
Airbnb reports that after Mexico’s Riviera Maya, the reservation preferences for Easter were Havana with 9,989 reservations, Mexico City with 9,478, Rio de Janeiro with 8,552 and Dominican Republic with 7,859 reservations.
For this year, Trip Advisor travelers rated Playa del Carmen first choice destination in Mexico and 15th globally.