The Mexican tourism sector will be the first in Latin America to recover after the crisis generated by the Covid-19 pandemic as a result of the decisions that the administration has made about maintaining an open borders policy, says Mauricio Molina, vice president of Collinson Group for America, the group in charge of opening luxury lounges in the world’s airports.
“Mexico will be the first country to recover after the crisis … although it has been impacted, it has been less than what has happened in other markets and from the point of view of recovery we are close to having solutions for travelers to continue traveling safely ”, he mentioned.
In an interview, he commented that currently, one of the biggest concerns that travelers have, for example, from the United States, is traveling to Mexico and not being able to return because there are no rapid tests for Covid-19 everywhere.
“We, for example, in August we are going to put a solution, travelers who have the service will have the possibility to go to Mexico and give them all possible solutions to have tests and return without inconvenience to their point of origin or another. destiny. For the reactivation of tourism, it is mainly necessary to restore confidence to travelers. “
Molina commented that the nation became one of the main destinations preferred by international travelers.
“With few restrictions, compared to other countries, Mexico became a tourism hub in Latin America, much more than it was before, if the measure is correct or incorrect we do not know, but from the point of view of putting Mexico in the first place on the list to vacation in the region that did happen and we are ahead of any other country at this time. “
He emphasized that currently the arrival of travelers to various destinations in the country, such as Cancun, in Quintana Roo, is “impressive”, especially when compared to other similar destinations in the region. “The main destinations in Mexico have exceptional traffic.”
Molina explained that at the most critical moment of the pandemic, practically a little over a year ago, in Mexico they managed to keep luxury lounges open for travelers and this has allowed, currently, 85 percent of their preferred rooms to be found open.
“For a complete reactivation of the tourism industry, there are many changes that must be applied, one of them is the vaccination passport, 74 percent of travelers show a favorable feeling for its generation and use.”
Government officials expect a total of 20,200,000 visitors in Mexico, which means 178% more than during 2020.
If this figure were reached, an economic spill could be registered that would reach 49,039 million pesos.
Likewise, from the Ministry of Tourism of Mexico, the Sectur, in a more conservative position, has estimated a 178% recovery in the arrival of tourists, of those 20.2 million visitors for this summer, compared to 7,400,000 tourists who arrived in the months of July and August 2020.
The expected economic benefit per accommodation is 48.5% higher than in 2020, while the average hotel occupancy will reach 52.2%, 36 percentage points more than last summer.
According to data provided by the international consulting firm ForwardKeys, between July and September of this year the flow of travel to Mexico will increase, thereby achieving a better position among international tourist destinations.
The main source markets to the country have also stood out, resulting in the United States, with 30.4% more; Spain, with a growth of 27.6%; Switzerland, which grew 21.3% and France, 5.2% higher.
As for the destinations most requested by foreigners, in this third quarter of 2021 they are: on the part of the US market Puerto Vallarta, which grows 68.5%; San José del Cabo, with an increase of 54% and Cancun, with up to 52.8% more.
ForwardKeys points out in their report that Mexico is receiving more tourists from the United States, Spain, Switzerland and France this summer than before the Covid19 pandemic.