Hotel occupancy in destinations such as Cancún, coastal Nayarit, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Acapulco are predicting occupancy rates between 85% and 90% for the holiday season.
The forecast comes from the Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels (AMHM) whose president, Rafael García, said that occupancy in the winter period last year was just 59%, with the September 2017 earthquakes and United States travel alerts both contributing to the low rate.
But this year is expected to be different. Hotels in destinations such as Cancún, coastal Nayarit, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Acapulco are predicting even higher occupancy rates - 85% and 90% in the holiday season, while for New Year's they expect to be full. "Occupation will increase from December 20 when school holidays start and continue until January 6, but the best [period] is the end of the year when a 100% occupancy rate is expected at the beach. Already, there are very few spaces left," García said.
Beyond the hotel sector, booking websites, airlines and the timeshare industry are also expecting a strong winter holiday period. Ana Acevedo, Latin America vice-president for development at timeshare company RCI, said that vacation clubs in Mexico are expecting 80% occupancy over the break. "Timeshares generate higher occupancy of between 10% and 15% above traditional hotels," Acevedo said, explaining "the average stay is longer... timeshare owners stay on average seven nights."
Cancún, the Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán account for the greatest number of vacation properties, but San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato and Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California are attracting a growing number of holiday house owners.
Source: Banderas News