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Hotel occupancy in Playa del Carmen to be highest in years

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Reserves are up 20 percent meaning the average occupancy rate will exceed 73 percent, experts estimate. Given these forecasts, hotel occupancy would be the highest in 13 years for a summer vacation in Mexico.

It is very likely that those looking for hotel nights and flights to Mexico’s main beaches during the upcoming summer vacation will no longer find availability.

Less than a month away from the start of the season, reports from David Rebolledo, CEO of online travel agency Best Day, reveal an increase in reservations of 20 percent to stay in Cancun and Riviera Maya, mainly in Playa Del Carmen. However, Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco and Los Cabos are also up compared to a year ago.

“We expect hotel occupancy to increase by 1 to 2 percentage points this summer. We see many Mexicans acquiring packages and hotel nights from HotSale as never before with Cancun being the preferred destination for clients from Colombia, Argentina and Brazil,” he added.

According to data from the Secretariat of Tourism (Sectur), during the 2016 summer months, which covered the last two weeks of July and the first two of August, the main beach destinations – including Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Los Cabos, Playa Del Carmen, Huatulco, Manzanillo and Cozumel – recorded an average occupancy of 70.2 percent.

“This year occupany can reach 73 percent for what we are seeing in the market with a (still) depreciated peso, greater destination connectivity and more important program promotions with Viajemos todos por México, explained Rafael García, president of The Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels (AMHM).

“The exchange rate at Banco de México reveals that in one year the peso has depreciated 1.5 percent, although compared to two years ago the slip is 15 percent. We see more Mexicans traveling through their country, there is the promotional program Conoce Primero Tus Playas, and also more international travelers are arriving,” he added.

Rafael García stressed that the main destinations to lead growth in hotel occupancy will be Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, Acapulco and Playa del Carmen.