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Travelers to Cancun, Riviera Maya staying longer

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The head of state tourism says that the length of time visitors stay in the region has increased to just over six days.

Marisol Venegas, la Secretaría de Turismo for the state says that the average stay of a tourist in the state has increased from 5.6 days to 6.3. She says that although there has been a 2.5 percent decrease in American visitors, there has been an increase in Canadian and European travelers.

Venegas explained that the international market has seen an increase in double digits from places such as Canada, Europe and South America, adding that they are anticipating a five percent international market growth for this year.

“It’s very easy to say that tourism is falling, however the airport is at capacity and the cruises have grown by almost ten points,” she emphasized adding that “although we depend on the turquoise water of our beaches, there is a lot more tourist product in Quintana Roo.”

She said that for the last Easter break, a growth of 3.2 percent was recorded for the arrival of tourists, noting that the state is anticipating the arrival of approximately 3 million for the upcoming summer holiday season.

“These projections are based on available flights and seats that have already been sold by airlines,” she added.

In the latest US Embassy Travel Alert, Mexico as a country remains at a Level 2, the same travel warning level as Dominican Republic, Belize, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Spain, France, Germany and the UK. Travel to places such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya are safe for 2019.