Mexican Caribbean Expects To Break Another Tourism Record Before 2023

Mexican Caribbean Expects To Break Another Tourism Record Before 2023

Eclipsing past records, Cancun and the entire state of Quintana Roo are expecting 18 million tourists to visit over the calendar year. 

While Cancun is a worldwide popular destination, most don’t know it is in the state of Quintana Roo along with other locations like Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum. The state as a whole has flourished in the past year, with travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the Mexican Caribbean.

The region flourished during the pandemic due to Mexico’s looser travel restrictions, inviting digital nomads and sun-seekers alike to a stunning landscape. With a strong infrastructure and plans for more traveler-friendly infrastructure projects in the works (some include: Mayan Train, Tulum Airport, and the Nichupté Bridg), the future is even brighter for the entire state of Quintana Roo.

busy 5th avenue in Playa del Carmen
Busy 5th avenue in Playa del Carmen

Throughout the course of the past calendar year, several travel records have been broken and the state is expecting a total of 18 million travelers this year, according to the Secretary for Tourism for Quintana Roo, Bernardo Cueto Riestra. 

Partially due to better weather starting the high season earlier than normal, Bernardo Cueto Riestra stated that travelers visiting the state during its high season is increasing by 20%.

The state is one of the top destinations for travelers in the world through the air and by sea. Cancun International Airport is set to serve nearly 27 million passengers by the end of the year while the popular island of Cozumel is expected to welcome some 3 million cruisegoers.

This staggering number is a 340% jump above its record in 2021 for cruisegoers as major cruise islands including Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line, offer trips that stop in Cozumel.

Other studies show that throughout the month of December, hotels in Cancun are expecting an occupancy rate of 80% throughout, another reason why Quintana Roo is setting new records.