Great expectations in Mexico for the first long weekend of the year
Tourism Secretary Miguel Torruco released the estimates. The destinations with the highest demand are Nuevo Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Tulum, Cancun and Riviera Maya, with occupancies above 70 percent
The Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, announced the estimates for the first Long Weekend of this year, on the occasion of the Anniversary of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, which is celebrated on February 5th.
The head of the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) indicated that this holiday bridge, which runs from Friday, February 4 to Monday, February 7, could reach an average hotel occupancy of 49.8 percent at the national level, which would represent 26.7 percentage points more, compared with the same weekend of 2021, in which 23.1 percent occupancy was registered during the four days.
He added that the arrival of one million 213 thousand tourists to hotels is estimated, with a recovery of 85.8 percent in this area, compared to the same period in 2019. However, there is still a difference of minus 14.2 percent, which is equivalent to 201 thousand tourists to reach the same levels of that year.
He pointed out that, of the estimated tourists who will use lodging services, 881,000 will be nationals and 332,000 foreigners, equivalent to 72.6 and 27.4 percent, respectively.
"Additionally, during this Long Weekend one million 355 thousand domestic tourists will stay in another form of lodging, as is the case with family and friends' houses," he said.
In addition, it is also estimated that another 306,000 tourists, both domestic and foreign, are staying in accommodation offered on digital platforms.
Secretary Torruco Marqués added that the economic benefit for lodging is estimated to be 3,209 million pesos, which together with other services will reach a tourist consumption of 35,111 million pesos.
He specified that, by destinations, the occupancy expectation that will be reached in the most important ones is as follows:
In cities, Mérida, 54.8 percent; Mexico City, 52.6 percent; Monterrey, 51.8 percent; and the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, 36.3 percent.
On beaches, Nuevo Vallarta, 77.1 percent; Puerto Vallarta, 76.9 percent; Cancun, 72.8 percent; Mayan Riviera, 71.9 percent; Los Cabos, 68 percent; and Acapulco, 48 percent.
While in some Magical Towns, such as Tulum, 73 percent occupancy is anticipated; Isla Mujeres, 62 percent; and Palenque, 29.3 percent.