Cancun, summer preference for Americans


Cancun, Mexico top the U.S. travelers’ impending summer travel plans, according to Allianz Global Assistance, a leading travel insurance provider.

That preference of American tourists for the Mexican tourist resort is high despite the last January U.S. State Department’s level 2 travel advisory to the area, which urges their citizens to carefully consider their travel to the region.

Last April the New York Times estimated that despite violence, tourism is strong in Mexican Resort Areas. Travelers continue to book trips to Cancún and the Riviera Maya, where homicides have prompted authorities to increase security, according to the paper.

The State Department’s advisory level remains at the second of four cautionary categories, indicating travelers should “exercise increased caution.”

NYT added that it is the same threat level of Antarctica, Denmark, Italy and Britain. The official Washington report, updated on March 16, on the state of Quintana Roo, home to Cancún and the Riviera Maya, notes the uptick in homicides but does not restrict travel for U.S. government employees.

The newspaper also explained that Mexican tourism authorities have responded by stepping up security. The Mexican navy patrols the beaches, federal police monitor the highways and the army is in charge of entry points into the region’s cities.

In the first quarter of 2018, hotel occupancy in Cancún stayed level with 2017 figures at a healthy 77 percent, even though the room inventory grew by 3 percent this year, according to STR, Inc., a travel research company that tracks hotel data.

Travel agencies report strong interest in the region. AAA Travel predicted that Cancún would be its most popular international destination for family travelers in 2018.

The Allianz Global Assistance survey also noted that San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital, is starting to regain its stride as a popular travel destination in US after last year’s Hurricane Maria, coming in at number eight on the list.

Puerto Rico is still in troubles because the storm last September. Maria erased the island’s power grid and crushed critical health-care infrastructure. However, the island authorities have recently said that the recovery is underway.

American customers’ trips planned from May 28, 2018 through September 3, 2018 for travel between five to eight days in length, to gather where Americans are looking to spend their summer vacations.

This year’s results revealed that Americans looking to travel domestically are planning trips to Orlando (8.80 percent) and New York City (5.51 percent), followed in popularity by Las Vegas (5.36 percent), Los Angeles (4.02 percent), Honolulu (3.12 percent), Miami (3.10 percent), Seattle (3.04 percent), Boston (2.93 percent), Fort Lauderdale (2.92 percent) and San Francisco (2.62 percent).

Apart from London and Paris, most international summer travel destinations are in the Caribbean or Mexico. Cancun, Mexico (15.72 percent) topped the list for the second year in a row, followed by Higuey, Dominican Republic (7.77 percent), Montego Bay, Jamaica (5.78 percent), Nassau, Bahamas (4.31 percent), San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico (4.28 percent), Aruba Island, Aruba (3.99 percent), London, England (3.52 percent), San Juan, Puerto Rico (2.87 percent), Paris, France (2.75 percent) and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (2.53 percent).

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