More tourists arrive in Quintana Roo… but they spend less, survey reveals

This 2023, the trend shows that the average expenditure of visitors by air to Cancun was $1,051.

Quintana Roo is increasingly receiving more foreign tourists, even exceeding the numbers prior to the Covid-19 pandemic; However, these visitors are falling into the “quantity over quality” niche, as they are spending less.

The information from the results of the International Traveler Surveys, from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, indicated that during the month of September of this year, the country received 2 million 941 thousand 437 international tourists, 7.9% more than those reported in the same period last year and 14.3% more than in 2021.

It is even a figure of 2.2% higher than that reported in 2019. Of every 10 visitors who have arrived in Mexico, five end up in Cancun.

Although this is good news for the flow of the Mexican Caribbean airport, its quality leaves much to be desired: in 2019 each of these tourists spent $1,438 during their stay in the entity, and then reported a drop in 2020 to 580 dollars.

With the recovery process of tourist activity started in 2021 and concluded in 2022, visitor confidence improved and so did their spending; Although it had a rebound in the first one of 1,372 dollars, by 2022 it again showed a drop to 1,184 dollars.

This 2023, the trend shows that the average expense of those who entered Cancun by air was $1,051.

This situation means that this year more tourists are being received monthly than in 2022, but the economic impact continues to plummet: in September, 1,726 million dollars were captured, while last year the amount was 1,786 million.

Although neither the INEGI nor the Ministry of Tourism report specify it, organizations such as the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) point out that it is a global phenomenon that can be attributed to several factors, including the high levels of inflation that affect the countries of origin of the visitors and the exchange rate.

In addition, those who are traveling the most outside their country are young people, whose purchasing power is much lower than that of people over 30 years of age.

Source: Sipse