Quintana Roo beats China in economic growth

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Tourists in Coba, Q. Roo, climb the Nohoch Muul Temple. Photo: Getty

Thanks to strong tourist activity, Quintana Roo grew faster than China in 2016 and recorded the second-best economic growth in Mexico.

The state’s balance sheet grew by 7.6 percent,  2.8 percent gain over the previous year. Only Aguascalientes had stronger numbers, with a 9.5 percent economic improvement.

Overall, Mexico’s national economy grew by 2.7 percent in 2016. Quintana Roo’s robust economy contributed 1.6 percent of Mexico’s total 2016 GDP.

Quintana Roo includes popular vacation destinations Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Tulum and has a total of 98,000 rooms. Cancun’s airport is the nation’s second-busiest, and the city is the country’s No. 1 destination for international tourists and No. 2 for domestic travelers, according to government figures.

Mexico is doing well as a whole, receiving 35 million visitors last year and overtaking Turkey to become the world’s eighth most popular tourist destination, according to the World Tourism Organization.

Will growth continue once 2017’s books are completed? Violence in the state has increased this year, with homicide numbers more than doubled in the first 10 months of this year.

But hotel occupancy in Cancun is up one percentage point to 77.5 percent for the first 10 months of 2017, and up in the Riviera Maya by three points to 83 percent, according to the Tourism Secretariat.

Source: El Universal

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