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Friday,  April 12, 2024 8:46 PM 

Quintana Roo welcomed 21M+ tourists in 2023, marking a 6.9% increase

Quintana Roo welcomed 21M+ tourists in 2023, marking a 6.9% increase
Quintana Roo. (Unpslash/file photo)
Pax Global Media

The Mexican state of Quintana Roo – where popular destinations like Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel are located – ended 2023 with the arrival of 21 million, forty-six thousand national and international tourists, the region's tourism authority reports. 

That is 6.9 per cent higher than in 2022 (a pandemic recovery year) when just over 19.7 million travellers arrived, with Cancun (35.4%) and the Riviera Maya corridor (22.9%) being the main destinations receiving tourists in the state, according to preliminary data from the Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Board (CPTQ).

Currently, the state's hotel offer consists of 1,349 available hotels, registering high occupancy rates in the main tourist centres such as Isla Mujeres with 79.4 per cent, followed by Cancun with 77.9 per cent, and Riviera Maya with 77.4 per cent, among the most outstanding; as well as an average rate of 514 dollars per night in 5-star hotels and $177 per night in 4-star accommodations.

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"The preliminary closing figures for 2023 represent the result of implementing a solid promotional strategy among the main outbound markets, supported by the robust tourism offer that Quintana Roo boasts, allowing it to remain attractive among our visitors. Undoubtedly, 2024 will be a year of important challenges in which the CPTQ will set the objectives to reaffirm the positioning of the destination as the main tourist centre of Mexico at a national and international level," said Andres Martinez, general director of the CPTQ, in a news release. 

Air traffic 

Regarding air traffic, Quintana Roo foresees an increase of 13.8 per cent over the previous year in the influx of the domestic market, with six million, 224 thousand tourists. 

The international market, which represents 62 per cent of the passengers to the destination, grew by 5.1 per cent in 2022, equivalent to 10 million 239.5 thousand passengers. 

The origin of the international market is mainly the United States, which represents 35 per cent (+5 million passengers) of the total passenger demand to the state and grew 2.6 per cent compared to the year 2022; the second issuing market is Canada, with a share of eight per cent of the state's tourism market, registering a growth of 38.3 per cent derived from the arrival of 1.3 million travellers.  

The French market reached an increase of 18.1 per cent in the transit of tourists to the destination this year, CPTQ says. 

During this period, air connectivity was "favoured," with a total of 19 million 80 thousand airline seats available (six per cent more than in 2022) and close to 101 thousand air operations to Quintana Roo (+4.7 per cent), with direct flights to 131 cities around the world in 36 countries, in which the United States, Mexico, Canada, Spain and France stand out for their growth in the number of seats available with 2.2 per cent, 7.8 per cent, 40.8 per cent, 4.8 per cent and 15.6 per cent, respectively.

Arrivals at Cancun International Airport accounted for 97 per cent of the total flow to the state, with Volaris airline accounting for the highest number of arrivals with three million, 86 thousand (+2.1 per cent), followed by VivaAerobus with two million, 647 thousand (+12.5 per cent) and American Airlines, with one million 729 thousand arrivals.

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