Cancun, Q.R. — The Secretary of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, said that this year, the country will register the arrival of just over 7 million tourists by cruise ship, a record for this segment of the tourism sector.
This year, Mexico will close with just over 7 million tourists by cruise ships from varying ports around the country. Enrique de la Madrid Cordero says that 2018 will also be very good for cruise tourism which is expected to exceed 2,262 ships registered in domestic ports.
Secretary of Tourism Promotion (Sefotur), Saul Ancona Salazar said last year, 350,000 cruise passengers arrived in Puerto Progreso, an increasse of 4 percent over the previous year. This year, he says that number will be closer to 400,000.
In Quintana Roo, state governor Carlos Joaquín González says that the state is anticipating it’s figures to reach 5.7 million cruise ship passengers for the season, a number that will endorse the state’s leadership in the cruise ship sector.
During the next three months from October to December, they are projecting the arrival of just over 1.1 million passengers onboard 409 cruise ships, of which 320 will arrive in Cozumel and 89 in Mahahual.
De la Madrid Cordero says it’s important to send a message to the world that Mexico is standing after the earthquakes, and that the best way to help the affected destinations is by traveling the country.
The figures come after the 24th Annual Cruise and Exposition Conference held by the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association in Merida.