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Mexico wait as long as 40 million international visitors to enter the country this year – which will see the nation nearly a return to pre-pandemic tourist numbers.
Prior to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Mexico had actually set a national record for the number of foreign visitors entering its doors – with 45 million people from around the world visiting the country in 2019.
And, of course, with the large number of visitors comes a significant amount of spending – and that was certainly the case before the Covid-19 outbreak, with Mexico having seen over US$22 billion spent by international tourists during their visit to the country.
These numbers have understandably fallen over the past two years – with the Covid-19 pandemic having caused endless border closures, lockdowns and a variety of other restrictions globally.
However, there is no doubt that Mexico is leading the way when it comes to the recovery of its tourism industry – the country that has been the most “open” and popular in the past two years.
And, even when the more transmissible Omicron variant appeared – earlier in the year – Mexico still welcomed masses of tourists, making it one of the most visited countries in the world.
Fast forward to the present moment, and Mexico’s popularity doesn’t seem to be diminishing – even with so many countries now open and with no entry restrictions or requirements for international visitors.
In fact, even more travelers are expected to head to the country, especially from the United States – with Mexico still being the number one vacation destination for Americans.
So how is Mexico’s popularity likely to impact your trip?
Although Mexico’s growing popularity may be ‘music to the ears’ of the country’s tourism industry, for travelers wishing to visit the country, the impact may not be as positive.
Of course, the country offers visitors some of the best vacation destinations, beaches, resorts, as well as plenty of options for those looking for an adventure – which is why its popularity continues to grow.
However, it certainly comes at a cost (literally) anyone looking to visit the country in the near future – with visitors likely to experience:
- longer waiting times at airports
- hotel rooms are fully booked
- increase in accommodation costs
Let’s take a look at each of the factors above – and how Mexico’s growing popularity affects them.
You can expect longer wait times at the airport
With more and more people choosing Mexico as their vacation destination, you should expect longer wait times when departing and arriving in the country.
There’s no doubt that visitors entering Mexico in recent months have certainly endured their fair share of time spent queuing to be processed at the country’s immigration – with wait times of up to 2 hours having were reported earlier in the year.
However, just a few months ago we reported that the Mexican government had pledged to end long wait times for international visitors at Cancun airport – with authorities in the country having indeed taken steps to counter this problem.
Although the average passenger wait time has been reduced, you should certainly expect considerable wait times at the airport, especially if you are visiting the country’s most popular tourist destination, Cancun – its airport being the one of the ten busiest in the world.
And it’s not just when you arrive that you should expect to wait longer, with busy airports expected around the world – including the US – due to growing travel demand.
You can find out which are the busiest airports in the United States, as well as how to avoid the queues by clicking here.
Hotel rooms are about to be fully booked in some popular Mexican hotspots
With large numbers of tourists entering the country, this unsurprisingly leads to a huge demand for accommodation – which has resulted in hotel capacity being close to being exhausted.
In fact, we recently reported that in Cancun — which has been ranked as the most popular destination for American tourists — hotels are nearly full for the upcoming summer months.
Therefore, anyone wishing to visit one of Mexico’s tourist hotspots should be prepared for a “challenge” when it comes to finding accommodation for their stay, especially since it is likely that many hotel rooms are already occupied.
However, the huge demand for accommodation rooms has prompted some of the world’s most popular hotel chains to want to add to their portfolio of properties within the country.
In fact, the other day we broke the news that the world’s largest hotel chain, Marriott, has revealed that it will be opening a brand new all-inclusive resort in Cancun, which will also include a water park that is sure to be a hit. attract visitors.
Another of the world’s biggest hotel chains, Hilton, has also said it plans to open up to 15 new hotels across Mexico this year – again echoing the huge demand for hotel rooms. hotel – as well as the fact that the nation is likely to welcome even more tourists in the future.
The average price of hotel rooms is increasing
As hotels across the country approach capacity – in terms of their room reservations – this will no doubt have a ripple effect for those looking to book accommodation.
Not only will travelers find it more difficult to find a room for their trip to Mexico, but they will also have to pay a higher rate than they might have expected to pay in the past.
And, there is no doubt that this is indeed the case – with the average price of a hotel room in the country becoming higher than in the United States of America for the first time in history.
It’s also a major factor why people will struggle to find a last-minute travel deal this summer.
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