Yucatán is experiencing important moments of recovery in tourism because several destinations register a good influx of visitors and receive the economic benefit generated by this industry, said Jorge Carrillo Sáenz, president of the Tourism Business Council (Cetur).
In his opinion, the policy of diversification of tourism products promoted by the current state government is already bearing fruit because destinations such as Valladolid, Izamal, Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, the ports of Progreso and El Cuyo, Homún with its cenotes and Tekax with its center Historic Mayan caves and villages are now on the itinerary of national and foreign visitors.
“There is a great diversity of attractions that already receive visitors and tourists do not have enough time to visit all of them, but they are ‘stung’ for a next visit,” said the hotelier.
“The Sefotur disseminates in its promotional campaign that a tourist can visit at least one different destination every day of the year, of this size is the importance of the tourist diversity that Yucatan has.”
Carrillo Sáenz said that nowadays the tourist influx of Yucatán cannot be measured solely by hotel occupancy, since hundreds of visitors stay in the homes of their family and friends and in accommodation centers on the Airbnb platform.
For example, hotels in Mérida currently have an occupancy of 37% and it would increase 10% next week at the end of the year.
But the hotels of Valladolid register 80% to 85% today and would increase to 90% by the end of the year.
This higher hotel occupancy in Valladolid is explained because a lot of tourism that comes to Quintana Roo extends their walks to this Magical Town of Yucatan and because the number of rooms is also lower compared to Mérida.
“Last week I went to Valladolid and there was a lot of tourist movement,” said the president of Cetur. “It cannot be compared with the influx of Mérida because it is more that reaches the capital as it is the first stop for road tourism.”
“In Mérida, you see a lot of movement in the Historic Center, Paseo de Montejo, but visitors not only stay in hotels, but many people also stay in Airbnb and the house of relatives who already live in the city.”
As is the tradition in each Christmas season, national tourism is the one with the greatest presence in Mérida and the tourist municipalities, but American and European tourists are also seen.
“It is the season when many families come by road and the peculiar thing that is seen in the streets and parking lots are vehicles with foreign plates,” he reiterated.
“Road tourism begins in Puebla, Veracruz and Tabasco towards Quintana Roo and they spend and stay a few days in Mérida for its tranquility, its attractions and its gastronomy. Another good part of the tourism comes by plane, mainly they come from Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, among other cities where there is an air connection ”.
“We must not forget that many foreign people live in Mérida and for this time of year their family and friends come and spend from four days to a week of stay,” he said. “All those people who come do not register in hotels, so hotel occupancy is not an indicator that reflects the influx of tourists.”
Regarding the economic impact that tourism leaves in the state, Carrillo Sáenz stressed that although they do not occupy hotel rooms, visitors spend money because their own relatives take them to the attractions and in each place they leave an important economic benefit.
The most benefited are restaurants and shops because at each stop they consume and buy, which is very good because the economic spillover permeates several municipalities in the interior of the state.
Other considerations of the president of Cetur on the influx at this end of the year.
“There are many tourist attractions that Yucatan and Mérida have, there is much to show visitors, it is a wide range of options that cannot visit everything on a first visit, but they are ‘stung’ and it is an incentive for them to return again. to Yucatán ”, he pointed out. “National tourism likes the experience of coming to Mérida and Yucatán because of the standards of security, tranquility, it is a beautiful city with rich gastronomy that is a plus for visitors.”
From today to January 5, 2022, the great tourist influx will maintain its dynamism in the main destinations and after the festivities of the kings, visitors will return to their destination of origin.