According to the Financial Times, Mexico‘s travel industry is betting on local tourism to resume activities and (some of its) revenues. It’s summer and the prices plummeted because of the new coronavirus pandemic.
The sector accounts for almost 9% of Mexico’s GDP. “This summer is not going to be as solid as in previous years. For that reason . . . the strategy is going to be to focus on national tourism,” Miguel Torruco, Mexico’s tourism secretary, told FT.
Last year, the Latin American country was the world’s seventh favorite destination, around 45 million foreign travelers visited Mexico in 2019, spending around $25 billion in the country, 9% more than in 2018.
The Caribbean state of Quintana Roo accounted for more than half of this last year. According to Expansión, hotels and local companies in the sector have a gradual opening plan that started last June 1st, with protocols that limit hotel occupancy to around 30% of its capacity, as well as other specifications for restaurants. Also this month, the airline companies Delta and Southwest resumed part of its flights to Cancún.
With over 110,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 13,170 deaths registered until this Saturday, 31 of 32 states of Mexico remain in health emergency situation. To attract travelers, tour operators and hotels have slashed prices by as much as 60%, and the low-cost airline Interjet offers tickets up to 70% cheaper than usual, says FT.