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absoluteAL 08-31-2017 08:12 PM

Those Tourist Just Keep Coming.......
 
From yesterday's Mexico Daily News::readpaper:
Despite homicides, tourists keep coming
US visitor numbers up 14% in first half of the year

Mexico News Daily | Wednesday, August 30, 2017
"An increase in homicides that could make 2017 one of Mexico’s most violent years on record has done little to deter visitors from the United States although Canadian figures have shown a decline.
Federal government statistics show that tourist numbers have continued to grow despite rising insecurity that last week triggered a new travel warning for Mexico by the United States Department of State.
The number of U.S. visitors who arrived by plane increased by 14% in the first half of the year compared to the same period last year. The growth was also faster, up 1% on last year’s figures.
Experts attribute the upturn to U.S. economic growth, more flights between the two countries and the fact that Mexico remains a cheap destination.
A poll by the newspaper El Financiero found that Mexican beach destinations are on average 34% more accessible than those in the United States, Caribbean countries and Europe, citing significantly lower accommodation costs.
Getting here is easier as well because the number of flights between Mexico and the U.S. has increased by 7.5% over the past seven months.
“We are very optimistic despite the situation . . . . We will maintain frequencies because we believe in the Mexican market,” said American Airlines’ Mexican head Antonia Gutiérrez.
Two of the busiest airports for international arrivals are Cancún, which recorded a 9.2% increase in international passengers for the first seven months of 2017 and Los Cabos, which saw 17.9% growth. Figures from both airports represent faster growth than last year, bucking the assumption — so far — that higher crime rates translate to fewer tourists.
The U.S. travel alert cites increased criminal activity in the states where the two popular destinations are located, Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, as well as other tourist hotspots.
Despite overall growth, some destinations have experienced downturns.
The airport in Colima — the state with the country’s highest homicide rate — saw a 62% drop in international passenger numbers while Villahermosa and Veracruz also experienced double-digit declines in the first half of the year.
Airports in Acapulco, Guadalajara and Mérida are among others that experienced low growth rates."

jtm1631 08-31-2017 10:58 PM

Well I don't really think this is indicative of the situation, at least in my opinion.

I think the true measure of the impact will be this coming holiday season and more so, spring break 2018.

For example, I've been going to Playa and Tulum for over 10 years. I'll be heading down again in just over a week. I trip I booked several months ago. If I were booking today, I'm honestly not sure I would.

I would think a lot of people are having the same thought process for their December trip and spring break trip.

I'm from Chicago so I don't buy the whole "there are less murders in x than y but you still go to y". I know what area of Chicago I can go to and what area someone walks up to another person and shoots them in the head. I don't go to those areas. Hard to avoid 5th Ave if I go to Playa. Easy to avoid 113th and Michigan Ave in Chicago.

AZGonzo 09-01-2017 09:45 AM

Flew in yesterday and went to 5th last night. I cannot remember a time when it was less crowded. Shockingly so. We also come down Labor Day Weekend so it's not due to the time of year. The bartenders and waitstaff told us the same thing. 5th is not the same without that energy...

roni 09-01-2017 09:49 AM

I suspect it is too early for any reductions in number to be reflected in a 6 month view.

We have friends who flew into Cancun yesterday, but they flew from Cancun to Merida, only seeing Terminals 3 and 2 in Cancun. I'll ask them how busy the airport seemed.

Babaloo 09-01-2017 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by AZGonzo (Post 2191781)
Flew in yesterday and went to 5th last night. I cannot remember a time when it was less crowded. Shockingly so. We also come down Labor Day Weekend so it's not due to the time of year. The bartenders and waitstaff told us the same thing. 5th is not the same without that energy...

It is the slowest time of the year.

Not surprising 5th Ave. was quiet.

Everyone complains about this time of year.

Bluespicker 09-01-2017 10:22 AM

Our flight from Minneapolis to Cancun on wednesday was deserted. The airport still seemed fairly busy......we're into our slow season.... we'll see how things shake out later this year.

macman806 09-01-2017 10:46 AM

This time next Friday, we'll almost be on the ground in Playa. 10:05 am arrival. :) May not be the same vibe, but I'll be dang if we ain't gonna have fun. :p

ryberg 09-01-2017 10:47 AM

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Originally Posted by AZGonzo (Post 2191781)
Flew in yesterday and went to 5th last night. I cannot remember a time when it was less crowded. Shockingly so. We also come down Labor Day Weekend so it's not due to the time of year. The bartenders and waitstaff told us the same thing. 5th is not the same without that energy...

:confused:

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Originally Posted by Babaloo (Post 2191794)
It is the slowest time of the year.

Not surprising 5th Ave. was quiet.

Yes.

The slowest time of the year has always been late August through September and into early October. And any bartender or waiter familiar with the area can certainly confirm that for you. Can't prove a negative, so it's not possible to say definitively that other factors are not also involved, but you don't need to go any further than precisely the time of year to explain fewer visitors...

AZGonzo 09-01-2017 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by ryberg (Post 2191805)
:confused:

Yes.

The slowest time of the year has always been late August through September and into early October. And any bartender or waiter familiar with the area can certainly confirm that for you. Can't prove a negative, so it's not possible to say definitively that other factors are not also involved, but you don't need to go any further than precisely the time of year to explain fewer visitors...

Like I said, we are always here this week (due to Labor Day in the States) and I have never seen 5th that quiet. Of course, its just my perspective.

ryberg 09-01-2017 12:02 PM

OK.

We've been operating since prior to September 2002 and without doubt, this is always the slowest time of year for visitor traffic, no matter what metric you look at.

AZGonzo 09-01-2017 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by ryberg (Post 2191811)
OK.

We've been operating since prior to September 2002 and without doubt, this is always the slowest time of year for visitor traffic, no matter what metric you look at.

Gotcha.

Playachic 09-01-2017 12:38 PM

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Originally Posted by ryberg (Post 2191811)
OK.

We've been operating since prior to September 2002 and without doubt, this is always the slowest time of year for visitor traffic, no matter what metric you look at.

Without question it is the slowest time of the year. That said after visiting playa this time of year for only 11 years and owning a property hear for 1 year, I have found 5th ave to be extremely light in traffic (even for this time of year) and very subdued. Been here on this trip for a couple of weeks. My thought is that the tourists are staying put in their all inclusive hotels and the only "shots" they worry about are the tequila ones and whether it is tainted or not. LOL

absoluteAL 09-01-2017 12:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Playachic (Post 2191815)
Without question it is the slowest time of the year. That said after visiting playa this time of year for only 11 years and owning a property hear for 1 year, I have found 5th ave to be extremely light in traffic (even for this time of year) and very subdued. Been here on this trip for a couple of weeks. My thought is that the tourists are staying put in their all inclusive hotels and the only "shots" they worry about are the tequila ones and whether it is tainted or not. LOL

And I thought that it was all of the rain, some torrential! :clouds::lightning:clouds::lightning :joker:

PlayadelSolDos 09-01-2017 12:54 PM

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Originally Posted by AZGonzo (Post 2191810)
Like I said, we are always here this week (due to Labor Day in the States) and I have never seen 5th that quiet. Of course, its just my perspective.

We call this time of year "Septhambre" for a reason. While many of the AIs have done a good job at mitigating low season with more groups and conventions, the smaller places are always slow during these months. Most of us use it to take advantage of locals discounts that are offered to Quintanrooenses on everything from hotels to meals and Xcaret/Xplor/Xel-Ha tickets.

AZGonzo 09-01-2017 01:32 PM

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Originally Posted by PlayadelSolDos (Post 2191819)
We call this time of year "Septhambre" for a reason. While many of the AIs have done a good job at mitigating low season with more groups and conventions, the smaller places are always slow during these months. Most of us use it to take advantage of locals discounts that are offered to Quintanrooenses on everything from hotels to meals and Xcaret/Xplor/Xel-Ha tickets.

What do we need to show to get a discount? Will my Playacarian card work? :)


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