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Valladolid becomes Yucatán’s most packed destination over Easter break

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Located near attractions including Chichén Itzá and Ek Balam, as well as just one hour from Tulum, the charming colonial city of Valladolid is bouncing back in a big way. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Yucatán’s hotel association has reported an even better than expected Easter break.

Despite stiff competition from other destinations, Valladolid came out on top with nearly 91% occupancy. 

Domestic travelers made up the largest share of hotel guests in Valladolid, as most international travelers arriving in the city only did so as part of day trips to other attractions including Chichén Itzá.

Valladolid has long had a thriving tourism industry and boasts a wide array of hotels. 

Booking in Mérida filled up 70% of hotel rooms in the city. An impressive feat when considering the approximately 9,000 hotel rooms on offer. 

“These past weeks have been a great success for Yucatán’s tourism industry. The state has so much to offer, it’s not surprising that now that things are a bit more under control tourists are beginning to return in droves,” said the hotel association president, Juan José Martín Pacheco.

Earlier: Should Yucatán develop its very own Cancún-like hotel zone?

On average, destinations along Yucatán’s coast including Progreso, Sisal, and Celestun reached an occupation rate of 87%. That is 20% better than 2019, before the pandemic.

Despite the crisis, a handful of hotels, including Mérida’s Courtyard By Marriott and the Wayam Mundo Imperial actually opened during the pandemic. 

“We took a lot on faith. There are never any guarantees but we firmly believe in Yucatán’s potential and it’s very gratifying to have been proven right,” said Armando Bojórquez Patrón, president of Latin America’s Association for Tourism and Culture.

According to the Sefotur, the state of Yucatán has a total of 15,474 hotel rooms.

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