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Mexican Caribbean Strengthens Tourism Safety & Remains a Top World Destination

*The Ministry of Tourism strengthens its tourism recovery strategies for 2022 after a successful 2021; By the end of 2021, Quintana Roo received over 12 million visitors.

Cancun, Mexico (Jan. 5, 2022) – Quintana Roo has nearly matched its pre-pandemic visitor traffic, closing 2021 with a recovery of more than 80% of the tourist influx registered before the start of the pandemic. Approximately 12 million travelers visited the Mexican Caribbean last year, of which more than 7 million were international tourists.

Tourism Ministry Official Bernardo Cueto Riestra reported during a press conference that in 2020 Quintana Roo had 47% fewer registered visits than in 2019. In 2021, however, Cueto highlighted that over 12 million visitors were recorded across the destinations’ Caribbean beaches, representing a clear recovery of more than 80%. He also mentioned in his annual report that connectivity last year was a key factor, linking Quintana Roo with over 100 cities around the world. Strategies developed for the holiday season resulted in a state hotel occupancy of 61%.

After the health emergency generated by COVID-19, Quintana Roo tourism reactivation has included more than 7,000 new hotel rooms built in 2020, representing a 6.8% increase. Furthermore, preliminary data from the Ministry of Tourism estimates approximately 120,000 hotel rooms by the end of 2021, which demonstrates the confidence of national and international investors in the state's tourism sector.

An influx of 665,532 tourists was recorded during Easter Week (from March 27 to April 11), while summer and winter seasons were the strongest recorded with over 3 million and one million visitors, respectively.

For the December 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022 period, an availability of 6.23 million airline seats (68.53% international and 31.46% domestic seats) from over 124 cities and 28 countries has been estimated.

Bernardo Cueto noted that, in 2022, tourism activities and campaigns such as the Guest Assist application; the Master Plan for Sustainable Tourism Quintana Roo 2030, which establishes the vision of destination-wide prosperity in sustainability; and the Certification in Sanitary Protection and Prevention in Tourist Facilities, are important to strengthen the state as a competitive and sustainable destination. These actions are aimed at continuing the Mexican Caribbean’s status as a leading global destination.

In continuing its strong campaign against COVID-19, the state government will soon receive more vaccine doses that will be used for the third booster dose. The arrival of additional vaccine doses for the tourism sector will also be announced.

Source: Click here to see the original press release from the Quintana Roo State Government, Mexico.


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