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Travel figures up for Cancun, Riviera Maya, No US travel warning

Cancun, Q.R. — International travel figures have increased this year for Cancun and Riviera Maya with Houston, Chicago and Toronto leading the way.

Marisol Vanegas, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo, announced that in the first four months of 2018, figures from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation reported an increase in international and domestic passengers.

He says the United States, Canada, Argentina, the United Kingdom and Brazil continue to be the main markets for international tourists for the region. He added that for the US market, the total number of passengers from Houston increased 3.8 percent with an increase of 1.9 percent from Chicago.

The Toronto-Cancun route, he noted, saw the largest increase of 14.5 percent in passenger volume.

According to a statement, the recent US Department of State Travel Advisory update issued by the US government says that as of July 16, the state of Quintana Roo maintains a Level 2 travel alert, the same level as other popular destinations including Berlin, London and Paris.

According to the US update, although crime rates saw an increase since 2016, they say it is targeted toward criminal organizations adding, “There are no restrictions for US government employees traveling to Quintana Roo, which includes tourist areas such as Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the Riviera Maya.”


The summer vacation season for Cancun and Riviera Maya is in full swing with millions of students out of school and families hitting the beach for their summer vacation. The summer tourist season, which includes both national and international visitors, will continue until September.