The First Half of 2016 Is Looking Very Good for Cancun Tourism
Photo courtesy of Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau
After welcoming north of five million visitors in 2015, Cancun is once again on pace for another record-breaking year in arrivals. According to statistics recently released by the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the destination tallied a 2 percent visitor increase between January and May compared to that same timeframe last year.
Cancun CVB authorities anticipate that the addition of new attractions, restaurants and hotels will fuel continued growth to tack onto the 2,937,949 travelers arriving during that January-May period. Obviously, the CVB’s marketing efforts are paying off.
Garnering more visitors annually than any other Mexico tourist destination, the Caribbean Sea retreat in Quintana Roo State is lauded for its inspiring beauty, gorgeous beaches, brilliant turquoise waters and engaging culture. Also adding appeal is Cancun’s multiple product options that include Puerto Morelos, plus the “Treasures of the Caribbean” islands of Holbox, Isla Mujeres and Contoy.
“The destination continues to evolve year after year, always offering visitors fresh reasons to come back again and again,” said Jesus Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun CVB. “Cancun’s constant commitment to the expansion and diversification of its tourism offerings will lead the city into yet another record-breaking year in arrivals.”
Those impressive January-May 2016 numbers show that U.S. arrivals were up five percent, hitting an all-time high of 1,057,999. Other countries contributing to the top sources of visitors were:
- Great Britain – 49,918
- Argentina – 29,575
- Brazil – 28,054
- Colombia – 21,540
The CVB reports that recent resort updates include:
•Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort – As part of Moon Palace’s all-inclusive annual summer programming, Palace Resorts transformed the property’s convention center into the interactive KidZania Go! playground. On the entertainment front, the resort is set to host Nov. 18-19 performances by Grammy Award winning I Will Survive singer Gloria Gaynor, plus funk group Kool & The Gang.
•Hyatt Ziva Cancun – In July, the resort debuted the adults-only "Turquoize" haven. Hyatt Ziva’s 18-and-up beachfront tower indulges with 700-square-foot guest rooms that include turndown service, private balcony, hot tub and bathroom with rainfall shower.
•Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa –Tucked between the Lagoon of Bahia Petempic and Caribbean Sea, the adults-only Breathless Riviera Cancun opened in May with such all-inclusive perks as exclusive access to 10 bars/lounges, weekly themed parties and special guest DJ performances.
•Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun – In July, the resort celebrated the one-year anniversary of its 40,000-square-foot Coral KidZ Club and debut of a Mayan-themed sand-and-water-filled play zone. Connected to the club, the latter allows kids to embark on a Yucatan jungle adventure.
Cancun fans can also count on five new properties adding inventory during the next two years. These include the new Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort (November 2016/beginning of 2017), Hotel Punta del Mar (2017), new integrated hotel at Cancun’s international airport (2017), Hotel Ushuaia Cancun, former Hotel el Pueblito (end of 2017) and Riu Costa Mujeres (2018). Kukulcan Plaza (shopping center),
Beach Club Me by Melia and Temptation Resort & Spa Cancun are slated for upgrades, with the adult-centric latter reopening during fall 2017.
No doubt the August 2016 lifting of flight restrictions by the Mexican and U.S. governments will open the door to additional travel options and competitive airfares. Carriers quick to bolster service to previously unserved cities include:
- Sunwing Vacations weekly service from Kelowna, B.C. on Sundays from Nov. 6, 2016-April 9, 2017.
- Southwest Airlines daily non-stop service from Los Angeles beginning Dec. 4, 2016.
- Delta Airlines daily non-stop service from JFK New York beginning Dec. 17, 2016.
- Vacation Express Friday non-stop service from Tampa beginning March 19, 2017.
For more information on the attractions, activities and accommodations that are luring more and more visitors to Cancun, and its micro-destinations of Puerto Morelos and the “Treasures of the Caribbean” islands, visit Cancun.travel.
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