TULUM, Mexico – As the summer vacation season unfolds, it is the Mexican tourists who have propelled hotel occupancy rates above the 85 percent mark for the All-Inclusive resorts, according to Claudio Cortés Méndez, spokesperson for the Confederación Revolucionaria de Obreros y Campesinos (CROC) in Tulum.
The labor leader foresees a decline in occupancy starting August 25th, reaching between 60 and 70 percent, as the new academic year for 2023-2024 kicks off.
In stark contrast to the bustling All-Inclusive giants, the coastal lodgings in Tulum experienced a more subdued occupancy rate, hovering around 40 to 50 percent, with some establishments registering as low as 20 percent.
“Casting light on the All-Inclusive hotels, we’ve been consistently operating at 85 to 90 percent occupancy up until the 25th of this month. However, our trajectory is shifting downwards, and we anticipate reaching a more tempered 60 to 70 percent. Looking ahead, we’re projecting a 60 percent occupancy rate for September and October,” Cortés stated.
He pointed out that the United States and Europe, being the primary sources of tourism, are grappling with internal issues, which consequently deterred their citizens from voyaging to destinations like Tulum. Thankfully, he noted, Tulum remained untroubled by insecurity and sargassum, sparing the region from any detrimental impacts.
In the interview, Cortés emphasized that it was Mexican tourists who predominantly flocked to the destination during this peak season, leaving a positive economic footprint.
“Discussions among hoteliers have led to the consensus that the global economic context plays a pivotal role. Unlike previous years when concerns about sargassum and security were prevalent, this time, fortuitously, those concerns are not in play. We extend our gratitude to all our compatriots and the national tourism sector, as they have significantly contributed to upholding these occupancy levels along the Riviera Maya,” he added.