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Tourism continues to grow in Yucatan, as state officials travel the globe to promote

A busier airport means more active hotels, state tourism officials report

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Merida, Yucatan — Hotel occupancy increased 4.2 percent in January, compared to the same month last year, said the state tourism department.

The boost reflects the traffic gains seen at Merida’s international airport. In the first month of the year, the airport handled 213,037 passengers, which is 11 percent more than the same time span in 2018.

In Merida, the most visited tourist hub, hotel occupancy was at 60 percent, with domestic travelers dominating by far.

Across the state, 65.6 percent of the hotel business was concentrated in Merida, followed by Valladolid with 7.1, Chichen Itza with 3, Izamal with 1.9 and Uxmal with 1.7 percent.

Overnight stays increased 17.5 percent, with nearly 164,000 visitors. Just 26 percent were international travelers. Most overnights — 83.1 percent — were in Merida. Valladolid received 10.3 percent of them.

Yucatan tourist officials were drumming up more business in February at the Colombian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (Anato) 2019 in Bogotá. The fair is considered South America’s most prominent tourism event.

The same officials also had a spot at the International Tourism Fair in Berlin, Germany, hoping to attract more attention in Europe.

Tourism officials were also in Quebec, Canada, at Routes América 2019. There, they hoped to increase aviation routes to the Merida airport.

In addition, in March, more flights were inaugurated connecting the Merida airport to Oaxaca, Chihuahua, Hermosillo and Tijuana.

Source: Press release

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