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Mexico’s most popular tourist destination, Cancun, will see a rush of 3 million tourists for Easter this year, selling out all of the city’s hotels. Quintana Roo expects hotel occupancy above 85% for Easter with a risk of being fully booked at holiday time. The influx of tourists is expected to cause an economic boom for Cancun’s tourism industry.
Why is Mexico so popular?
Cancun is home to some of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels in the world. The destination is a must for spring break, family vacationers, and couples looking for a romantic getaway. The proximity of Mexico, and more specifically Cancún, to the United States makes it an easily accessible destination for Americans and Canadians.
Flights to Mexico are generally cheaper and faster than flights to other popular tourist destinations in Europe or Asia. Additionally, Mexico shares time zones with the United States, making it the perfect place for digital nomads and remote workers to establish a base and work.
Mexico currently has no covid entry restrictions. Entry into the country is a breeze, no pre-departure covid test required. In fact, it is one of a growing list of countries around the world with no covid-related entry requirements. Once inside, Mexico eased COVID restrictions and Cancun just dropped requirements for wearing masks outdoors.
grow so fast
Mexico has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world during the height of the COVID pandemic. This ultra-rapid growth, however, came with some growing pains. The country has suffered from overtourism for months and it has caused a problem for some of the country’s most popular airports. Some travelers have reported waiting up to 2 hours for check-in. Although it seems that these problems have subsided.
There has also been a spike in crime in some popular tourist destinations. The government, however, has been flexible in handling these issues, probably not wanting to ruin the economic boom resulting from the surge in tourism.
The future looks bright
Many people expected the tourism boom to end when the pandemic crashed, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. A wild spring break and now a likely full Easter weekend show that Mexico’s popularity is enduring and some companies are convinced of that.
The American hotel giant, Hilton, plans to expand its network in Mexico this year with 15 new hotels and resorts. In an interview with MILENIO, Juan Corvinos, Vice President of Development for Latin America and the Caribbean for Hilton said: “Our prospects for Mexico are very good and the development team will continue to work be so. We have aggressive growth plans, we will arrive before the end of the year with these 15 hotels, we have many openings scheduled”
Hilton is not alone. Eleven new resorts have just opened in Cancun and we can expect many more to open in the future.
Better to book quickly
With two weeks until Easter and hotels already at 85% capacity, you better book fast if you plan to visit Cancun over your Easter weekend!
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