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Tremendous Upswing in Mexico tourism mentioned at Tianguis Turistico in Acapulco

It seemed like yesterday that iI attended Tianguis Turistico in Yucatan, Merida. That was in November 2021, as the event, typically held in the spring delayed due to Covid-19.   Last month in Acapulco, Mexico, wrapped up

It seemed like yesterday that iI attended Tianguis Turistico in Yucatan, Merida. That was in November 2021, as the event, typically held in the spring delayed due to Covid-19.


Last month in Acapulco, Mexico, wrapped up the 46th edition of Tianguis Turistico, its largest travel trade show. Nearly 1500 buyers from 875 companies selling or promoting travel converged at the trade event held at Acapulco’s Expo Mundo Imperial. 


During a sit-down press conference with foreign media, tourism minister Miguel Torruco Marques highlighted the nation’s resurgence in travel. 


“Our president  Manuel Lopez Obrador ordered us not to make restrictions on international flights. Second, we were the first country in Latin America to make strict sanitary protocols which allowed us to recover quickly. While many nations were down as much as 90% in tourism, Mexico only lost 46% of foreign visitors. In 2021 we received more than 30 million international visitors,” said Mr. Torruco. 


While Europe and most of the world were shut down, Mexico’s two most important tourism markets, the United States and Canada became a haven for a sun-splashed holiday. In 2022, Mexico will surpass 40 million arrivals; 80% will travel from the U.S. and Canada. 


Tren Maya

To be completed in 2023, 935 miles, 20 stations of railroad with modern trains will include restaurants and bars linking five states to the east and making the Yucatan accessible to travelers. “For us here in Yucatan, and for my fellow governors of Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, and Tabasco, it’s an excellent opportunity to bring more visitors to our states and regions, said Yucatan governor Mauricio Vila Dosal. Indeed, the economic impact is close to 50 million pesos. Besides its effect on tourism, the train will transport workers faster to their jobs and home. 


Getting travelers to explore new regions 

“We need to support our cultural interior, including our 132 magical small towns. It isn’t fair that 90% of arrivals visit six places in Mexico: Cancun, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Guadalajara, and Monterrey. We are working on many new projects to get people to lesser-visited, unexplored places in our country,”  continues Turruco. 


Defined as “anchor projects,” they are meant to acquaint travelers with many of Mexico’s distant states less known to travelers. A hacienda and pulque route in the form of Hidalgo, a Moroccan style desert marathon in the state of Sonora known as Gran Carrera del Desierto, wine routes in Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe, BASE jumping off the rugged cliffs of Nuevo Leon, even a sea to sea race in Baja Sur from the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Cortez.


State of Nayarit 

The Mexican government is investing heavily in the state of Nayarit. Most visitors arrive at Puerto Vallarta’s International Aiport only to flock north to beach destinations such as Sayulita, Punta Mita, and San Pancho. Tepic, still a minor airport in the country’s tourism infrastructure, is receiving a makeover, expanding the airport for international flights. According to Richard Zarkin, director of public relations for Riviera Nayarit, both American Airlines and United have shown interest in offering commuter flights to the Nayarit capital. As of now, the closest flight to Tepic from the U.S. is from Tiajuana with Volaris Airlines. With a newly renovated airport in the works, Volaris is considering flying nonstop from Los Angeles to the Nayarit capita. 


In the magical town of Compostella, a super highway will link Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta in under three hours will be completed in the next year. 


The town of San Blas, 90 miles from Puerto Vallarta, will also benefit from 


completing the new highway, and Tepic’s soon t be an international airport. San Blas also serves as a jump-off point to a new tourist attraction, Islas Marias, a group of four untouched, pristine islands. The once prison colony features golden sand beaches, and crystal-clear waters is a Unesco Biosphere Preserve perfect for eco-tourism and beachcombers alike. 


La Paz markets to luxury travelers

While Baja Sur tourism hot spots Los Cabos and Todo Santos attract more than the lion’s share of visitors to the region far south of California, nearby La Paz. The gateway to exploration into desert islands Espiritu Santo and San Francisco. 


American flies to La Paz from Phoenix year-round. Discussions for more direct flights from the U.S. and Canada are in the works. New luxury properties set to open in 2023 include the Fairmont La Paz Puerto Cortes Resort and Residences and Fairmont’s opulent La Paz Puerta Cortes Resort. 


Small ship adventure destination specialists UnCruise Adventures offer weekly excursions from La Paz far into the Sea of Cortez, immersing with sea lions, whale sharks, and daily snorkeling excursions from January to June. 


Getting to know Isla Murjuees with Xcaret’s new brand Xailing 

The all-inclusive luxury hotel brand Xcaret continues to grow with the recent opening of the adults-only 63 suites Casa de la Playa, located in the Riviera Maya. 


Guests staying at the various Xcaret properties will have a new way to immerse into nearby Isla Mujeres by luxe boats operated by the forward-thinking brand. Catamarans will transport hotel guests from each resort to caban club-houses on day trips to the stunning island in July, including snorkeling tours. 


Mexico’s largest hotel group expands in Cancun

The forward-thinking Grupo Posadas luxury-lifestyle brand Live Aqua geared toward adults only, flaunts a sophisticated and seductive atmosphere that touches the senses with aromas, textures, colors, flavors, lightering, and sounds, creating an elevated and rejuvenating resort stay. 


Posadas has nine properties in its impressive portfolio in the Cancun region alone. The latest properties in Quintan Roo: Live Aqua Beach Resort Riviera Cancun and Grand Fiesta Americana Riviera Cancun. The adults-only Live Aqua will showcase 19 restaurants, Aqua Club, and 452 guest rooms. The family-friendly Fiesta Americana property will boast 600 rooms, 19 restaurants, a waterpark for kids, a spa, and a theater; round up the amenities at the extravagant properties. 

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