78.8 F
Saturday, October 16, 2021

New numbers signal slow but steady recovery for tourism in Yucatán

Latest headlines

Cozumel’s cruise industry bounces back in a big way

Quintana Roo has come to depend on a steady stream of cruise-goers, to maintain jobs at businesses including restaurants, excursion operators,...

Massimo Bottura’s community dinner is fighting hunger in Refettorio Mérida

Refettorio is a cultural project designed to offer dining experiences through the transformation of surplus ingredients into nutritious and beautiful dishes.

In Europe, Mexican Indigenous organizations denounce the Mayan Train

Indigenous groups from across Mexico, including Yucatán and Quintana Roo, sailed to Europe in what they describe as an invasion of conscience.

A private paradise at your Yucatán country estate

A private country estate is all yours in Yucatán. Contact Eric Partney at Mexico International. Ideal for those...
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Tourists can once again be seen all over in Mérida, but hotel occupancy remains low. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

As restrictions COVID-19 continue to loosen up across the Yucatán Peninsula, the tourism industry is anticipating a swift recovery. 

Quintana Roo tourism officials project that by the end of the year, the state will have attracted just over 12 million visitors, representing a recovery of roughly 80%. 

“Destinations in Quintana Roo such as Cancún, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen have shown great resilience during the pandemic. Of course, there is room for improvement, but we certainly seem to be on the right track,” said Andrés Aguilar Becerril, the state’s tourism secretary.

Also back are some large-scale events such as the Riviera Maya’s Playa del Carmen Jazz Festival, which is scheduled for November

Though the news is not quite as rosy in Yucatán, there are signs that visitors are starting to return in greater numbers.

“We are far off from where we would like to be, but the situation is improving,” said tour operator Sergio Solis. “This time last year almost all of the tourists coming to the state were domestic. Now we are starting to see the return of more Europeans, as well as Americans and Canadians.”

Earlier: Kantunil’s new tourist attraction — the ‘rabbit cenote’

Other signs of recovery include the return of cruise ships to the port city of Progreso as well greater affluence at archaeological sites such as Chichén Itzá and Uxmal

Though hotel occupancy in Mérida and Valladolid still remains low, hovering at around 30%, the situation seems to be improving slowly but steadily, according to data provided by state authorities.

In Mérida, event organizers are preparing to welcome attendees to Mexico’s largest tourism industry event, the Tianguis Turístico, which will bring together representatives from the country’s 32 states, as well as buyers from 70 countries.

“It has been a very difficult couple of years, but now that vaccinations are widely available and many of the restrictions have been lifted, I think we can expect to see things improve relatively fast. But it’s imperative that we do not let our guards down,” said Michelle Fridman Hirsch, the state tourism secretary.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

More articles

Yucatán’s bars and cantinas forge a new lobbying association

The group, which is now known as Asociación de Cantineros, is already made up of over 120 members but is yet to elect its first president. 

Progreso to host the Americas’ largest shipyard

Yucatán's Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal in Trieste Italy with the executive board of the Italian company Fincantieri. Photo: Courtesy

The Dresden Codex, the great Maya book of the stars

The Dresden Codex is a Mayan book believed to be the oldest surviving book written in the Americas, dating to the 11th or 12th century.

How photographer Mike Diaz captures Yucatán’s unique environment

As Mike grew up, he dove back into nature, researching the environment, wildlife, and space. He understood the process he had to follow in order to achieve the photos he dreamed of.

Live music is back at Yucatán’s restaurants and bars

e measure was put in place over a year and a half ago along with a series of other restrictions to help against the spread of COVID-19.

Monument to the Montejo ‘covered in blood’ once again

A group of protesters staged a demonstration in front of the monument to the Montejo, vandalizing it and chanting anti-colonialistic slogans.

Camino del Mayab connects visitors with Yucatán’s remote communities

Photo: Camino del Mayab The Camino del Mayab, a network of trails that begins in Dzoyaxché, spreads out...

Parque De La Alemán — The bustling heart of one of Mérida’s original neighborhoods

The park, which measures about a full city block, features a roller skating rink, a children's playground, a large esplanade with a musical fountain, green areas, and a stage where artistic and cultural events are frequently held.

Yucatán cancels Xmatkuil fair and Hanal Pixán altars at Plaza Grande

The news comes as a disappointment for many who thought that a return to yellow on Mexico’s epidemiological traffic light system would mean more of a return to normal for public events. 

New sterilization campaign in Progreso cracks down on stray animals

The number of stray dogs and cats on the streets and beaches of Progreso has become a public health hazard, admits Mayor Julián Zacarías Curi.