Mahahual, Q.R. — In terms of hotel occupancy, Mahahual is doing better than other southern destinations such as Bacalar and Chetumal, says head of the Mahahual Hotel Association.
Gerardo Pérez Zafra says that Mahahual is ending the year with good occupancy percentages according to what the epidemiological light allows, which is currently 60 percent. He says that they are closing the year without cancellations.
“Mahahual closes well, closes with what the light allows, which is 60 percent. We have reservations and no cancellations, but we did have some changes in arrival dates, but minimal. These were due to the epidemiological light in Mexico City, which is red, and the restrictions of the state government that meetings of more than 10 people are not allowed, but we are a beach destination and it helps us that the visitor looks for small hotels with 15 or 20 rooms where they are guaranteed no crowds of people,” he explained.
The hotel entrepreneur emphasized that the income that is being generated allows them to cover accounts, the costs of basic services and payroll, since at the moment, there is no room for more expenses.
As for the New Year, Zafra anticipates a good one, mentioning that there are already reservations into January and February.
“Expectations are good in the sense that we have reservations. There are people who continue to reserve for January, February. It will depend on the epidemiological lights and obviously how the sargassum season comes along. We have no choice but to go forward. We have to reinvent ourselves. It becomes an opportunity to improve our services and to create new promotional strategies,” he added.
He stressed that hotels are continuing with strict hygiene and disinfection protocols, which is reflected in the figures that shows Mahahual is one of the communities with the lowest risk-of-contagion, since to date, they have not recorded any official cases of Coronavirus.
In the recently released Travel Trends Report for 2021 by Expedia, the agency stated that one of the top new requirements for travelers is health and cleanliness assurance due to the pandemic.