Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — As the summer holiday season officially comes to an end, more than 20.6 million international tourists visited Mexico in the first six months of the year.
The Ministry of Tourism of Mexico says this is a 7.3 percent increase over last year, when 19.2 million international tourists landed in the country. They also say that with an increase in visitors comes an increase in spending, which also saw a 4.3 percent surge.
They report nearly 4.2 million cruise ship passengers docked around Mexico’s four ports in the first half of the year, showing a growth of 10.4 percent over the same period in 2017. The ministry says their figures show the greatest increase in air volume by international visitors into Mexico came from Peru, Canada, Colombia and Argentina.
Locally, tourism in the state averaged an occupancy rate of 70 percent over the summer holiday season with Isla Mujeres mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, reporting a good summer season.
Puerto Morelos was one of the busiest regions with an average hotel occupancy above 90 percent, said municipal president Laura Fernández Piña, who pointed out that all sectors related to tourism, including service providers, restaurateurs and merchants benefited.
“This was a great period for our destiny because lodging centers surpassed 100,000 tourists with the financial benefits distributed between lodging, restaurants, purchases and excursions,” she said adding that “The Ruta de los Cenotes has without a doubt, been a magnet for visitors in this area where they have direct contact with the natural wealth of the destination, such as cenotes and ecological reserves.”
In Cancun, warm weather kept the tourism sector busy with a 92 percent average occupancy rate and nearly 100 percent rate for water activities, said Iván Ferrat, president of Asociados Náuticos de Quintana Roo.
“This season has been very good. We have had a good climate so almost every day we have operated at 100 percent. We have an occupation of 92 percent, the last week of July and the first of August have been the most strong,” he added.
He says the most contracted services were trips to Isla Mujeres, snorkeling tours, catamaran tours and whale shark swimming.” He says overall it has been a good summer season and that it could have been a growth over last year had there not been several days of port closure early in the season.