May was Merida airport’s best month ever

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The Yucatan tourism board and the Merida airport management team are both reporting strong numbers for 2019.

Overall growth increased by 13.5%, and 27% in April alone. May was the Merida International Airport’s busiest ever, said ASUR.

The statistics were announced by Michelle Fridman Hirsch, the state tourism secretary.

At the end of 2018, Yucatán reported an average increase of 12.6% in overnight visitors. That includes a 35.9% increase in international tourism, impressive for a destination that relies chiefly on domestic travelers.

During the first four months of 2019, the state registered an increase of 90,000 visitors and 51,000 new seats on airline routes.

“Today, Yucatán is more and better connected with new markets, which has allowed us to increase the arrival of more tourists to the state, so we have worked on strengthening our presence through national and international markets in North America, South America and Europe,” said Fridman.

DATATUR reported that Yucatan recorded a 100,000 more overnight tourists, a 27% increase, in April. For the month, which includes the busy Easter holidays, the state welcomed 674,263 travelers.

Hotel occupancy has been increasing despite a 2.4% increase in the number of rooms available and growing Airbnb competition.

“According to DATATUR, Merida was ranked first of the top five cities with the highest hotel occupancy in Mexico, and under the “Yucatan Meetings’” brand, we have strengthened the segment of meetings, which has grown by 31.9% in number of tourists with respect to the same period of 2018,” Fridman said.

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