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Study shows 65 percent of Mexicans intend to travel nationally

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — According to a recent study by Despegar, 65 percent of Mexican travelers will make their first post-pandemic trip to national destinations. A majority of these same travelers say they intend to drive rather than fly.

The report came from Latin American travel and tourism agency Despegar. Ezequiel Rubin, head of Despegar México points out that the tourism industry is one of the most important economic sectors in Mexico and will undoubtedly play a key role in the country’s economic reactivation after the pandemic.

He says that it is clear, however, that people will not travel in the same ways as before due to Coronavirus, adding that many travelers have come to restructure their way of life and the way they will travel.

He says the 65 percent of Mexican travelers making their first post-pandemic trip to national destinations is very much in line with the expectations that the government has, since the Ministry of Tourism has mentioned that tourism in Mexico will recover with national tourists.

Rubin explained that although many will travel long distances for their vacation, the country will see a new trend, which is travel-by-road daytrips. He noted that a lot of national travelers are interested in road trips to sites such as the Pyramids of Teotihuacán, cycling through Valle de Bravo, etc., which will encourage regional tourism and boost local economies.

He added that the country’s Magic Towns will be one of the most requested destinations due to their proximity to the main cities, since Mexican travelers will be able to carry out outdoor activities in those destinations, this being a great alternative to crowds.

Rubin says beach destinations will continue to be one of the first choices for traveling Mexicans in need of relaxation. According to the recent study by Despegar, among the most sought-after destinations (in recent weeks) were Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Acapulco and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

Regarding beach destinations, their report found Mexican travelers plan to make their first trip between August and November of this year. In addition, most will do it with their family, with family travel being one of the main trends in post Covid-19 travel.