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Cancun second most important global destination with 4% of all international arrivals

Cancun, Q.R. — The city of Cancun was found to be one of the most important international travel destinations globally. The Mexican Caribbean city ranked second behind Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

According to a travel analysis report from ForwardKeys, Cancun recorded 4 percent of all global international arrivals.

“A comparison of the world’s top destination cities, before the pandemic in 2019, and throughout 2021, illustrates a strong trend toward leisure travel in the recovery phase,” said the analyst.

Cancun appeared on the list for the first time, pushing out other long time popular cities in places like Asia. In 2019, before the pandemic, Cancun was not even in the top 20, however, for 2021, both Cancun, now second and Miami, up from 18th position in 2019, jumped into the top five destination list.

Mexico City also made the list this year, ranking number 16 of the 20 destinations with the highest number of international travelers.

Between 2019 and 2021, Dubai remained the top destination for international travelers globally, increasing the percentage of arrivals from 3 percent to 5 percent. However, the rest of the top five destinations were radically modified as a result of the covid-19 crisis.

Two years ago, the top 5 were completed by London, Bangkok, Paris and New York. Now, the top 5 are made up of Dubai, Cancun, Istanbul, New York and Miami.

According to ForwardKeys, the other main destinations for international arrivals in 2021 include Paris, Doha, London, Cairo, Madrid, Amsterdam, Punta Cana, San Juan, Lisbon, Athens, Mexico City, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Barcelona and Frankfurt.