The change of the pandemic traffic light in Quintana Roo foresees a large economic bounceback.
As of Monday, the Riviera Maya expects to close 2021 with an occupancy rate above 80%, its best figure since the beginning of the pandemic.
Lenin Amaro Betancourt, president of the Riviera Maya Business Coordinating Council, stated that the announcement is the most relevant measurement since the beginning of the sanitary restrictions.
“The green traffic light is important because it allows us to increase the capacity,” said Lenin Amaro, “and generate a greater economic income for companies. Were largely focused on job recovery and with the advancements in the treatment of the pandemic, we’ve been able to recover 40% of jobs lost so far.”
Andrea Lotito, vice president of the Riviera Maya Hotel Association, said that we must not lower our guard in relation to healthy habits to counteract COVID-19 infections, particularly for the tourist destination to maintain a steady recovery.
“We must continue to take care of ourselves and we hope that the south of the state also achieves it,” says Andrea. “This change results shows that if we all take care of ourselves, we can welcome tourists back into our state.”
Despite being one of the states most economically hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Quintana Roo has already recovered 58,223 jobs so far in 2021.
This is the best September in the history of the destination, as it reported almost double the number of tourists compared to the same month in 2020 when 854 thousand passengers arrived.
New air routes to Cancun were recently announced to be opened from Ukraine, Amsterdam, and Turkey. It is expected that these direct connections will help the recovery of tourism, especially in the low season.
Dario Flota, director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo, notes that European tourism will help the economic reactivation in the state, since tourists from this continent usually stay between seven to 14 days, so it will be beneficial for hotels and restaurants.
“In these months the flight routes from Europe will begin,” says Dario Flota, “which alongside the improvements with the COVID-19 pandemic, paint an encouraging picture for the municipality.”
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