May 4, 2024
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Tulum and Canada Now Closer Than Ever

TULUM, Mexico—Yesterday, the inaugural flight from Canada landed at the Tulum International Airport, “Felipe Carrillo Puerto,” marking a significant leap in air connectivity for Quintana Roo’s second most vital tourist market. This new route heralds the advent of three weekly flights operated by Air Canada, boosting the region’s accessibility from major Canadian cities, Toronto and Montreal.

The launch was commemorated with the presence of Quintana Roo Governor Mara Lezama Espinosa and the Secretary of Tourism, Bernardo Cueto Riestra, who welcomed the passengers. The governor expressed enthusiasm about introducing these flights, which will operate on Fridays and Sundays from Toronto and Saturdays from Montreal. She highlighted the economic boost, “This marks a significant milestone in enhancing our air capacity without shifting existing flights from Cancun.”

Tulum and Canada Now Closer Than Ever

The welcoming ceremony was imbued with local culture, featuring folkloric music and mariachi bands, ensuring the Canadian visitors’ first experience in the Mexican Caribbean was memorable. This festive reception underscores the region’s strategy to enhance visitor experiences and strengthen cultural ties.

According to the Secretary of Tourism (Sedetur), Canada ranks as the second-largest international tourist market for Quintana Roo. Early 2024 figures show a notable increase in Canadian tourists, with 442,972 arrivals in the first two months, marking a 22.9% increase compared to the same period last year. Such statistics underscore the importance of Canadian visitors to the region, particularly during the non-winter months when travel to the Caribbean typically wanes.

Tulum and Canada Now Closer Than Ever

Toni Chaves, President of the Riviera Maya Hotels Association, explained the strategic importance of the Tulum International Airport’s opening. “The airport’s operation has significantly increased the number of air slots available from the United States, and now, with Air Canada’s inclusion, we anticipate a boost in tourists from Canada throughout the year, further diversifying our visitor base,” said Chaves.

    The new flights are not merely a service transfer from Cancun but represent an addition to the region’s air transport offerings, which is crucial for its ongoing tourism development. This development is a boon for the local economy, promising increased visitor numbers and heightened interest in the region as a travel destination.

    Tulum and Canada Now Closer Than Ever

    Moreover, establishing these flights is expected to catalyze further international interest in Tulum, attract more investments, and enhance the local hospitality and service sectors. As air traffic increases, the economic benefits extend beyond tourism, influencing real estate, retail, and other service-oriented industries, which are crucial for the area’s comprehensive growth.

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