The hotelier, Carlos Berdegué Sacristán, mentioned that the people of the neighboring country are looking for short and close vacations to be able to relax after a pandemic
It is true, American and Canadian tourism is increasing in Mexico, with greater purchasing power and, therefore, leaving a greater economic spill, said Carlos Berdegué Sacristán, president of the Association of Hotels and Tourism Companies of Mazatlán.
This after the Secretary of Tourism at the Federal level, Miguel Torruco Marqués, explained that, for the first time in the history of the country, this phenomenon was taking place, something that is undoubtedly good as a result of the pandemic.
“The stars have aligned us favorably with Mexico from the United States, because Americans are used to traveling to Hawaii and it is just opening up to the Caribbean and it has more restrictions than Mexico,” he declared.
“He is deciding to go on a short vacation, close and that the plane seat does not represent a great cost to them,” he added.
For the hotel businessman, it is more the American who is visiting the country, as Canada still maintains certain travel restrictions that have been gradually opened for its citizens to leave.
He explained that there are some factors for this phenomenon to be occurring, the first is the issue of health protocols, which Mexico has been able to implement without being restrictive but safe; the fact that destinations such as the Caribbean and Europe are further afield and many shipping companies have not yet reactivated their cruises.
“If there are a lot of people from the United States who are going down, Canada is going little by little but still does not finish opening well, but the United States is very strong,” said Berdegué Sacristán.
He added that for this market they maintain high expectations of a good end of the year and a first-quarter with good hotel occupancies.
They keep rates low
Berdegué Sacristán pointed out that since the tourist reactivation of 2020, all destinations maintain low rates in the hotel industry, with the idea of attracting more tourists, both national and foreign, estimating that, approximately in February, they will begin a rate adjustment.
“Against 2019, which was a very good year, it is still at least 30 percent down, they are going up, but very little,” he commented.
It is there, he said, when the level of purchasing power of each tourist can be measured because right now, the strategy is to attract through promotions that are attractive to all.