Mexican Caribbean Ends 2023 with Record Tourist Numbers, Faces Challenges in 2024

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Published by Forbes Staff on December 28, 2023

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The Mexican Caribbean is poised to conclude 2023 on a high note, welcoming over 20 million tourists throughout the year, witnessing a record-breaking surge in airport passengers, and gearing up for major infrastructure projects in 2024. Despite these accomplishments, the region faces the uphill task of adjusting hotel rates.

Cancun International Airport, a bustling hub with connections to 114 national and international cities (expanding to 120 in high season), is on track to surpass 32 million passengers. The popular tourist destination of Cancun alone expects 1.8 million visitors during the winter season (December, January, and part of February).

In the state of Quintana Roo, encompassing tourist hotspots like Holbox, Isla Mujeres, and parts of the Riviera Maya, accommodation is at full capacity, especially leading up to the year-end. Quintana Roo captures nearly half of Mexico’s international tourism, experiencing a 12.1% YoY increase in foreign visitors during the first three quarters of 2023, according to the Ministry of Tourism.

Jesús Almaguer Salazar, president of the Association of Hotels of Cancún, Isla Mujeres, and Puerto Morelos, revealed that the winter season is expected to generate over $2 billion in revenue, reflecting a steady recovery post-COVID-19.

Looking ahead to 2024, the challenge lies in adjusting hotel rates, which have remained stagnant since 2018. Tourism leaders anticipate that the recovery of international markets and improvements in security will pave the way for more favorable rate negotiations with wholesale agencies.

Javier Monje, RIU Sales Director in the Mexican Caribbean, celebrated the exceptional occupancy rates at the close of 2023, attributing the success to the collaborative efforts of the private sector and government. Noting the consolidated status of destinations like Playa del Carmen, Cancún, and Costa Mujeres, Monje highlighted the consistent occupancy levels, reaching or approaching 100% across their 14 hotels in the state.

Quintana Roo Governor Mara Lezama reported preliminary data indicating over 4.5 million cruise passengers and 20 million tourists arriving by air or road by the end of 2023. She emphasized the significance of the newly inaugurated Tulum international airport, managed by the Army, and the region’s four International Air Transport Association (IATA)-certified airports.

In response to safety concerns, the recent delivery of special patrol units for the beach areas in Cancun aims to enhance security. Mayor Ana Patricia Peralta detailed ongoing efforts to equip tourist police with specialized vehicles designed for beach patrolling, featuring advanced technological capabilities for improved response capacity.

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