Mexico´s Tourism Destinations Expect an Increase in VisitorsBy Lorenzo Núñez | Tue, 06/15/2021 - 11:18
In an effort to increase tourism arrivals, Mexico´s most visited destinations are pushing the “Responsible Tourist” campaign, created by the Mexico´s Union of Tourism Ministries (ASETUR), which expects visitors to follow COVID-19 sanitary protocols.
Tourism in Acapulco
José Luis Basilio Talavera, head of Acapulco´s Municipal Ministry of Tourism, said that they are continuing to reinforce health surveillance operations in businesses, bus stations, boats, hotels, restaurants, theme parks and other tourism destinations, as instructed by the city’s government.
"By enforcing the “Responsible Tourist” program, we want to remind people that in Acapulco we employ sanitary protocols, and among these is the use of masks, which is mandatory. If we allow sanitary measures to be relaxed, we could be at risk of returning to yellow or orange color light in the summer and that is what we want to avoid,” said Talavera.
The efforts made by the administration personnel are to guarantee the safety and health of both visitors and residents.
Tourism in Guanajuato
Guanajuato´s Department of Economic and Tourism Development hopes that, with the progress in vaccinations and the containment of the spread of the COVID-19, approximately 80 thousand tourists will arrive to the city of Guanajuato for the next holiday season. Daniel Gutiérrez Meave, Director of the department, emphasizes the importance of promoting tourism campaigns, such as the "Responsible Tourist", in order to make progress in the reduction of COVID-19 cases.
“If the epidemiological traffic light allows it, we expect 45-50 percent occupancy,” Meave said. "On weekends especially we reach 70 percent, ideally, we would like to have those numbers not only on the weekends, but also on during the weekdays."
Tourism in Puebla
Puebla´s Ministry of Tourism has managed to get the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), to grant the state government the authority to deliver the "Safe Travels" seal to all tourism service providers that request it. This seal is a distinction created to recognize destinations and tourism companies around the world that have adopted standardized health and hygiene protocols, thus guaranteeing that Puebla is a safe destination to visit. These efforts are also part of the “Responsible Tourist” Initiative.
In addition, during the first four months of the year, hotel occupancy in the entity recorded a double-digit increase, according to the latest report from National Statistical Information System for the Mexican Tourism Sector. To put this in context for example, during 2020 hotel occupancy dropped to an all-time low of 1.71 percent. In 2021´s latest report, hotel occupancy has increased to 21.32 percent.