The Mexican tourism sector, one of the most affected by the pandemic, has not received enough help from the Federal Government, which also canceled the promotion of the “Country Brand”. As a consequence, it is evident that the hotels are surviving on their own, lowering rates as in the case of Cancun, where they would be cheaper than in Jamaica or Punta Cana.
The rates would reach a difference of up to 20%, despite the fact that Mexican destinations have good air connectivity, sites of interest such as archeological sites, and a great gastronomic variety, but the country brand would be below destinations such as those in the Dominican especially for the American tourist, as Carlos Velázquez points out in his Excelsior column.
Velásquez evidenced this drop in prices with a search on Expedia from the United States for destinations in Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Papagayo, Costa Rica, and Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Reservations were made for five nights from January 28 to February 2 at Secrets hotels, which are operated by the AMR Collection in those destinations. The rates showed that the cheapest night was in Cancun at US$587 per night; $590 in Jamaica; Costa Rica at US$635 and Dominican at US$705.
As reported by REPORTUR.mx, tourism in Quintana Roo plans to fill hotels in February with the arrival of Canadian travelers and spring breakers, as some routes from Canada have been reestablished and the season for young Americans is here. (Cancún: full hotel in February with Canadians and spring breakers).
The Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council projects that the arrival of tourists from Canada will represent more than one million travelers. Darío Flota, director of the council, anticipates that it will start from this weekend until March, although he acknowledges that the same number of flights is not arriving as in 2019.