Quintana Roo confirms fall in international tourism


The American visitor is the most important in the state of Quintana Roo.

Cancun, QR. The official balance of the Ministry of Tourism of Quintana Roo (Sedetur) during the first half of the year confirms a decrease in the arrival of international tourism to the state by air.

The January-June report of the Sedetur, based on the air traffic records of the three international airports of the entity, establishes that the volume of international tourists decreased 1.6% in 2019 compared to the same period of the previous year.

By nationality, the most pronounced fall was that of Argentine tourism (25.6%); followed by the Brazilian, which decreased 8.7%; while the American fell 3.4 percent.

The US market is the most important for Quintana Roo, representing 49.3% of the total volume of foreign tourists that the state received during 2018; followed by Canada, with 13.1%; Great Britain, with 5.3%; Argentina, with 3.7%, and Colombia, with 2.5 percent.

By airport, Chetumal is the one that shows the greatest contraction in foreign tourism, with 56.7% in the reference period, although the volume of foreign tourists it receives is not significant since while in 2018 it captured 277 passengers, by 2019 the figure dropped to 120.

Cozumel reduced the capture of international tourism 5.2%, while Cancun, despite the fall of three of its main markets, shows a growth of 1.0 percent.

Before this report was released, Darío Flota Ocampo, director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo, said that despite the decline in American tourism, other travelers such as Russian, Spanish, French, Colombian and the German recorded double-digit increases and were easing the contractions of other markets.

Meanwhile, the president of the Hotel Association of Cancun and Puerto Morelos, Roberto Cintrón Gómez, said that the challenge for the entity is to prevent the downward trend from being further accentuated, for which not only markets must be recovered down, but increase the volume, then, he said, more rooms are being added to the state and the number of tourists will have to be increased in order to maintain sustained levels of occupancy, above 80 percent.

Despite the decline in foreign tourism, the Sedetur study shows that the total volume of tourists by air captured by Quintana Roo between January and June grew 6.5%, mainly driven by the increase in the number of national travelers.

The report also reports a decrease in the recruitment of cruise tourists.

Cozumel registered a contraction of 8.4% in the first six months of 2019, from 2.7 million cruise passengers to 2.5 million in the same period of 2018. Mahahual, on the contrary, reported a growth of 27.7 percent.

Cozumel is the national port that captures almost half of the cruise ships the country receives.

Reserved Forecast

Recently, the head of the Sedetur, Marisol Vanegas Pérez, reported that it will be difficult for Quintana Roo to meet the goal set for this summer season, and said they are preparing an analysis of what type of markets are showing decreases.

“We are making the cut, more or less we had estimated between 3 or 3.2% growth, which represents about 3.9 million tourists; We hope to arrive, it will be complex, but there are still many days of vacation.

Source: el economista

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