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Cancun prepares for over a million travelers in upcoming holiday season

Cancún, Q.R. — Municipal authorities around Cancun are preparing for the upcoming holiday season that will see more than a million travelers land at the Cancun International Airport.

The Secretary of Ecology and Urban Development in Benito Juárez, Armando Lara De Nigris, says that the city of Cancun alone is expecting to host nearly half a million visitors. In light of expected guests, city workers are out in full force cleaning the 13 public beach areas that account for about 230,000 square meters of space.

He noted that in recent weeks, the State Department of the United States confirmed that Cancun has no travel restrictions and is safe to visit, adding that Cancun remains classified as a Level 2, the same as other popular destinations such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and China.

He says the opening of the new Medellin-Cancun route, whose first flight landed less than a month ago, also adds improvements in air connectivity. Given the increase in the demand of international tourists for the state’s destinations, the Cancun Airport and allied airlines announced more flights from South and North America.

The director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo, Darío Flota Ocampo, said that the new operations announced by international airlines means “millions of travelers” from the United States, Canada, Colombia, Panama and Brazil can enjoy direct flights to Quintana Roo and its destinations.

“The good work of the Tourist Promotion Council of Quintana Roo has been reflected in the assurance of its relations with partners of US airlines,” he added.

For the upcoming season, more than a million visitors are expected to land at the Cancun airport. Darío Flota Ocampo says that anticipated figures for destinations like Cancun-Puerto Morelos are 422,267 tourists with another 506,333 expected for Riviera Maya.

He adds that 66,745 are expected on Isla Mujeres, 44,508 in Chetumal, 42,822 in Cozumel, 17,899 for Holbox, 9,365 in Bacalar, 9,056 in Mahahual, 4,314 in Felipe Carrillo Puerto and 1,356 in José María Morelos.

He says these figures are calculations for December 20, 2018 to January 6, 2019 and represent an estimated growth of several percentage points.