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Director of tourism anticipates busy summer months after successful Madrid fair

Cancun, Q.R. — The director of Quintana Roo tourism says that after the recent tourism fair in Spain, the state has had good results in connectivity and reservations. Darío Flota Ocampo, director of the Tourism Promotion Council (CPTQ) pointed out that the International Tourism Fair held in Madrid was beneficial for the destination, since, among other things, they focused on the Spanish market, one of the main markets for Quintana Roo.

He said they anticipate a strong summer season in terms of Spanish tourism with four airlines that will operate, simultaneously, direct flights to Cancun, adding that in a few weeks, the new World2Fly airline will be arriving. He says the new planes will be part of the Madrid-Cancun route and, as of June 2, another flight from Barcelona will start arriving.

“Spain is one of the most important European markets for the Mexican Caribbean. To give an idea, before the pandemic in 2019, just over 180,000 Spanish tourists arrived. The reactivation of the market will give impetus, especially in Riviera Maya, which is the area they are looking for the most with long stays,” he added.

In an interview with Radio Fórmula, he explained that in the short term, they are working on the recovery of congress and convention tourism, which provides a good number of visitors from September to November, but for that to happen, the state will need to advance further in its epidemiological light.

“This is when we say that we must all do our part in good health habits such as wearing masks correctly, keeping a healthy distance, frequent hand washing and use of antibacterial gel, among other measures,” he said.

He also said that during the event, he had the opportunity to participate in a forum in which he spoke about what the Mexican Caribbean has done to achieve a speedy economic recovery when there are destinations that are still planning to reopen.

“The Mexican Caribbean is being seen as an example for other destinations about what to do in this economic recovery,” he pointed out.