87.8 F
Mérida
Saturday, September 18, 2021
###

Hotels expect to be booked solid at year’s end

Latest headlines

Guns N’ Roses cancels Mérida concert, vows to return in 2022

Guns N' Roses won't be in Mérida in 2021 after all. Los Angeles rockers Guns N' Roses...

Cholul — The small pueblo named after water wood in Northern Mérida

Although it has largely grown in popularity for newcomers, Cholul still retains its town designation as well as most of its traditions and customs.

Yucatán loosens curfew and eases limits on restaurant hours

Yucatán is easing its pandemic curfew, allowing drivers on the road at night between Sunday and Wednesday.

The best breakfasts in Yucatán

Breakfast time in Yucatán is full of delicious options, from the spicy to the sweet and savory.
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.

A fresh coat of paint covers a hotel tower due to open in the Centro in 2018. Photo: La Jornada Maya


Mérida, Yucatán — By the end of the year, hotels will be 100 percent booked.

That’s the prediction from Héctor Navarrete Medina, the president of the Mexican Association of Hotels of Yucatan. He has been encouraged by strong occupancy rates in 2017, up 6 percent over the previous year.

Combined, hotels in Mérida have a yearly occupancy average of 68 percent, and they rely on holiday travel to make up for slow periods.

Meanwhile, hotels were victorious in lobbying for Airbnb homes to be subject to taxes on rental income, and will obliged to comply health and safety regulations.

Last year 75,000 travelers searched Airbnb alone for lodging in Yucatán, said Jorge Balderrama Ramos, a manager for the platform in Mexico. The number of Airbnb accommodations in Mexico grew 71 percent in the last 12 months, reports Forbes magazine.

Angel Terral, general director of the booking platform, signed a letter of intent with the state Secretariat of Tourism, agreeing to share tourism data and focus promotions toward Airbnb users, a tourist sector that is distinct from hotel guests.

Navarrete Medina said that 2018 presents a challenge: keeping occupancy rates up when 12 new hotels — with a combined 2,100 rooms — open their doors.

The catalyst for hotel growth is the new convention center, which will be open early in 2018. Most new hotels appear geared toward business travelers.

He urged creation of a promotion program in the U.S. cities with direct connections to Mérida: Houston, Atlanta and Miami.

“It is not time to lower your guard,” Navarrete Medina said, in Spanish, to reporters. Yucatán can meet the high demand for eco-tourism, destination weddings, conventions and medical tourism, he said.

Sources: Forbes, La Jornada Maya, Diario de Yucatán

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

More articles

Mexico will vaccinate one million children at severe risk of COVID-19

There is an important limitation since the only vaccine authorized for emergency use in children under 18 is Pfizer’s.

Shorebirds in the Yucatán: endangered travelers

18% of the total bird population in Yucatán is in danger of extinction as a result of habitat loss, the introduction of invasive and predatory species, overfishing, and the climate crisis.

Casa Limonero — This classic Mérida home is now a modernized short-term rental in Santiago

“Casa Limonero just has such an authentic Mérida feeling,” says Trevor. “It’s modern enough to feel new and welcoming, but colonial enough to make you feel like you’re in Yucatán.”

Rare ancient Mayan vessel discovered in the path of the Tren Maya

The piece is engraved with a hieroglyphic text, whose type dates from the end of the Early Classic to the Late Classic period (600 and 800 A.D.), attributed to the Oxkintok area.

Here’s how to plant a tree in Mérida

For trees to grow healthy and not pose a danger to properties or citizens, one must consider Mérida’s infrastructure.

The grand ancient city of Becán — a microcosm of Maya history

Because of Becán’s longevity, in its history, we can see evidence of a microcosm of Mayan chronology packed into a single site.

Controversy over new Reforma sculpture: The head of an Olmec woman will be designed by a man

The new sculpture will be named Tlali, which means Earth in Nahuatl, and it will be created by sculptor Pedro Reyes. 

Yucatán COVID infections rise for the 5th consecutive week

Photo: Courtesy Daily coronavirus infections jumped 6.4% since the beginning of August, Yucatán health ministry data shows.

Obscurities: We found 5 of Mérida’s hidden treasures

Luca's patio is great for brunch. Photo: Maggie Cale I love finding new little spots to eat, shop,...

After 9/11, a New York diaspora in Mexico

Nearly 20 years after the attack, I am far away from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, seen here just yesterday. Photo:...