Cancun sets more tourism records as area soars in popularity

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Many tourist destinations are still reeling from the pandemic, but Cancun has set tourism records as the area’s popularity soars. Due to the fact that Mexico never closed its borders or shut down during the time that Covid-19 brought tourism to a halt everywhere, places like Cancun became hotspots for travelers tired of being stuck at home. .

Despite the fact that inflation has increased significantly in recent months and hotels and restaurants are struggling to fill positions, Cancun continues to break records. In a recent press conference, the Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo, Bernardo Cueto Riestra, together with the General Director of the Tourism Promotion Council, Darío Flota Ocampo, announced that there was a 20 percent increase in the number of tourists who visited the Mexican capital. Caribbean in July and August compared to the same months in 2019. This figure represents a total of 3,757,775 more tourists in those months of 2022 than July and August in the last recorded pre-pandemic year.

Quintana Roo is the home state of several popular vacation destinations, including Cancun. While many travelers who visit the state do so specifically for Cancun, places like Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Tulum, and Isla Mujeres are also very popular with foreign tourists. Still, Cancun beats all of those places in terms of recovering from the pandemic.

Travelers have many reasons to make Cancun their vacation destination. Most visit the beautiful white sand beaches, stunning aqua blue sea, water activities, luxurious all-inclusive resorts, and exciting nightlife. More and more people are also visiting the food scene, with hundreds of amazing restaurants to choose from.

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The number of passengers that have passed through Cancun International Airport and other airports in the state has also increased by an impressive 20 percent. Mr. Ocampo referred to this at the press conference, stating that “The Mexican Caribbean continues to be the main tourist center in Mexico and Latin America. To date, more than 8,817,000 passengers have arrived at all the airports in Quintana Roo, exceeding the tourist influx by 20% compared to 2019.” But the story doesn’t stop there…

The momentum of Cancun’s staggering recovery is expected to continue through the rest of the year and into February 2023. During this time, approximately 50,000 flights are scheduled to travel to and from area airports. Most of these will arrive and depart from Cancun International Airport, an airport that frequently operates more than 500 daily flights.

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If the projections are correct, which we have no reason to believe otherwise considering the popularity of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean in general these days, then more than 9 million airline tickets will be sold during these months. This would be an even greater increase in tourism during the fall and winter months than during the summer months. If that many tourists actually visit during this time period, it will represent a 25 percent increase compared to those same months in 2019.

Cancun beach from the street

Tourism in Cancun has maintained a forward momentum for over a year and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon. After starting to gain more popularity during the pandemic, word has spread and it is now one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world.

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