The recovery in the state will be driven by the arrival of tourists from the United States
Tourism in Quintana Roo shows signs of acceleration and the state could close the year with an average hotel occupancy of between 60 and 70 percent, mainly driven by the arrival of travelers from the United States, said Darío Flota, director of the Tourism Promotion Council from Quintana Roo.
This data, he added, will be far from the 90 percent that the entity averages at the end of the year, but it is a positive sign in the reactivation of the state.
In an interview with El Sol de México, the director of the Council highlighted that the offer of seats for flights from the United States to Quintana Roo for November and December shows a growth of 20 percent at an annual rate, so this market will be the one that will trigger economic growth again in Quintana Roo.
Darío Flota indicated that flights from Europe, South America, and Canada continue at low levels, while the arrival of domestic tourists by air for the last quarter would drop 20 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.
The manager pointed out that the lack of flights from these regions is what keeps occupancy low since it currently stands at 35 percent within this gradual process that allows a maximum occupancy of 60 percent.
In terms of employment, Fleet stressed that starting this month there is a recovery due to the fact that the state has remained at a yellow traffic light.
According to the most recent employment report from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), Quintana Roo was the entity with the highest loss of formal employment in September, with a drop of 23 percent at the annual rate.
The closure of tourism after the outbreak of the pandemic, which represents the main economic activity for the entity, led to the loss of 110 thousand jobs in the entity, which represents almost 10 percent of the formal jobs that were lost. in the country.
Fleet trusted that with the greater arrival of travelers from the United States by the end of the year these jobs have recovered.
In addition, he pointed out that with the infrastructure projects planned for the state, including the construction of 23,000 new hotel rooms that were delayed by the pandemic, the state’s economy will recover.
According to the director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo, if the vaccine arrives in the first half of 2021, as planned, the state’s economy could reach its pre-pandemic levels by the end of next year.