Slow summer season and a huge decrease in reservations for the Mexican Caribbean


“The perfect storm” remains, since the hotel sector of the Mexican Caribbean is experiencing a 20% drop in hotel reservations, an equal decrease in rates and a similar loss of employment, a situation attributed to three factors: “Insecurity, rental platforms vacations, and Sargasso, so the losses are millions, “said Roberto Cintrón Gómez, president of the Hotel Association of Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres (AHCPM & IM).

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He pointed out that hoteliers’ losses are quantified in millions of dollars; In addition, if the decrease in occupation persists, it could affect the Mayan Train, the promotion and Fonatur, since the Non-Resident Right is a resource that will be used for all this. In addition to damaging the national economy for what Quintana Roo represents in tourist income 50 percent of what enters the country in this category of international tourists.

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“The quantified effects are for millions of dollars; what I can say is that tourism is the industry most susceptible to any social, political, local or international and ecological event; for that reason, we must be very careful of the images that we previously transmitted, because we are tourist destinations and what tourists find in many areas where they have not been cleaned is different from what they saw in the photo, brochure or web page “, explained .

This means that reservations and confirmations for summer take longer; As an example, he said that by this time in 2018 there was already 70 to 75 percent of reservations, but now reservations are at 60 percent. Numbers that already have time and that are related to several factors. 

The reaction has been to lower rates, which is also something that has been happening for months and is due to competition with other destinations, as well as the phenomenon of insecurity, sargassum and the presence of vacation rental platforms. The reduction of rates has been between 15 and 20%.

“It’s a domino effect because if the 5-stars go down, they force others to do it,” he said. 
All these figures were received by Rogelio Jiménez Pons, head of Fonatur, and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. 
He reiterated that if there is less occupation, there is less uptake by Non-Resident Law, and this would affect the Mayan Train and the budget of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur).


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