Cancun, Q.R. — The Mexican resort city of Cancun continues to see a travel surge in visitors despite negative media reports and short-term travel alerts.
In the face of all that has occurred, the Easter holiday season saw several resort towns sold out with the Cancun International Airport reporting a spike in visitor numbers.
Airport authorities says that during the month of March 2.8 million visitors landed at Cancun International, a figure that reflects a 14.5 percent increase over March of 2017.
The increase does not reflect only national visitors, but shows a large spike in international tourists. According to the latest data from Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, the Cancun airport says that of the 2.08 million passengers in March, 1.56 million were international visitors arriving for vacation.
Figures from the Ministry of Communication and Transportation show residents of Toronto and Chicago visit Cancun the most, followed by New York and Montreal.
For the busy Easter season in March, many surrounding resort towns and cities reported a 100 percent hotel occupancy, being completely sold out. The resort towns of Holbox, Bacalar and Mahahual reported being fully booked during the Easter season.
Director of Tourism for Riviera Maya, Darío Flota Ocampo, says that virtually all of the 100,000 hotel rooms offered by Quintana Roo were occupied with a significant influx of visitors from Canada and the United States, as well as from South America and Europe.
“The arrival of tourists to the Mexican Caribbean exceeded the forecast that was anticipated for the season,” he said.
Airbnb also reported figures that showed Riviera Maya was the leader in vacation rentals in Latin America for the Easter holiday period.
Main regional destinations such as Cancun and places along Riviera Maya averaged a 90 percent occupancy rate, with busy Cancun beaches reporting a tourist flow of between 3,000 and 5,000 per day.
Several airlines have increased their routes to Cancun for the upcoming summer season, including Sun Country who have announced additional direct flights to Cancun starting June 15.
Tripadvisor Travelers recently voted Playa del Carmen as the 15th best travel destination globally and the number one travel destination in Mexico.