Visitor Numbers Rising

The Riviera Maya welcomed more than 3.6 million visitors in 2011, a record for the destination and 7 percent up on the number received in 2010. The figures for January to March are also encouraging and show a five percent increase in the number of visitors when compared to the same period last year.

The statistics for Cancun show a similar story for January and February. Overall, the number of visitors was 21.5 percent greater than for February 2011. There were 16 percent more visitors from the United States, 38 percent more Canadians, 17 percent more Mexicans and 15 percent more British visitors in January and February when compared to the same period in 2011. The trend is expected to continue and occupancy in April was higher than previous years.

The Mexican Tourist Board also reported a 5.8 percent rise in the number of international visitors for the country as a whole in March. The number of visitors from the United States grew by 2.4 percent and Canadians by three percent respectively, over 2011. Other countries such as Brazil (+31.6%), Russia (62.3%), United Kingdom (24.3%) showed larger growth rates.

Mexico is expecting to welcome millions of additional visitors to the Maya World in 2012 as a result of the interest in the Mayan calendar.

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  1. Nombre Shirley Brand
    Nombre Shirley Brand says:

    My husband and I have vacationed in Cancun for at least 20 years – every year. We are members of the Royal Sands since it opened. We cannot say enough about how we feel about your country and our vacations. We have always felt very safe and never worried when there. However, about 2 years ago when traveling by bus in the Hotel Zone, (it was a very crowded bus), we were at the back of the bus. We were standing ready to exit the bus, my husband was in front of me. The back door would not open and as my husband tried to get the door open and I was concentrating on what he was doing, someone opened my purse and stole all of my money. I reallized it as soon as I stepped off the bus, the two guys ran and jumped on the next bus and it took off. We reported this to Police, who said this has been happening and nothing they can do
    about it. I believe the bus driver was involved, by holdling the back door shut to distract us so they had time to get in my purse while I was not paying attention. I do not feel as safe as I used to while traveling around the Hotel Zone. I believe some attention should be paid to these kinds of matters because in our talk with the Police, this had been happening quite frequently. Screening your bus drivers might be a start. Thank you for letting me get this off my shoulders.

    • Joanna
      Joanna says:

      Dear Shirley:
      Thank you for writing to Royal Resorts and for reporting this incident. We have forwarded it to Resort Management and they will send it to the appropriate authorities. We are sorry you had a bad experience in your home away from home and from your account it does sound as though the thieves had a routine and an accomplice.
      In the last couple of years since this happened, security has been bolstered in Cancun and elsewhere in the Mexican Caribbean and there are more tourist police patrolling the Hotel Zone.
      Petty crime can happen anywhere, some major tourist spots in Europe are renowned for gangs of pickpockets who will do anything to attract your attention so that someone else can rifle through your bag or snatch your purse. Anywhere in the world purse thieves often operate in busy areas. Incidents are rare in Cancun, but sadly sometimes do occur, as you unfortunately found out.
      Once again, we thank you for drawing this to our attention and in conclusion we would recommend vigilance at all times. Cancun buses do get pretty crowded, especially at peak times and for comfort’s sake it is probably better for visitors to wait for a less crowded bus rather then getting on one that is full.


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