How Cancun Supercharged Its Recovery

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July 21. While other destinations are slowly coming back to 2019 levels, one destination seems to be flying past theirs. There’s been a tourism surge in Cancun and surrounding spots; just look at traffic at Cancun International Airport. In June, 14 percent more passengers flew through the airport than in 2019. This is at a time when very few airports have reached pre-pandemic level passenger traffic.

Between January to June, Quintana Roo saw a 10 percent increase in tourist arrivals over the same period in 2019, according to Jimenez. Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council forecasts it will have 16 million tourists in 2022.

A big contributor to the surge is Mexico’s travel policy during Covid. The state was closed in April and reopened to international travel in June 2020.

Even during Mexico’s peak infection period, tourists continued to flow in. A significant share of the visitor surge have been these tourists returning, according to Jimenez.

For 2022, the state had 18 million airline seats, 30 percent higher than in 2019, according to Jimenez. In the first quarter alone, 4.4 million seats were scheduled to pass through Cancun International, a 17 percent increase from the first quarter of 2019, according to Diio by Cirium.

Source: Skift

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