A total of 41 resorts reopened this Monday in Mexico's Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos regions, welcoming the first guests in limited capacities after more than two months of hotel closures, according to Mexican news outlet,ElEconomista.
On 08JUN, the paper reported that CUN registered a total of 56 flights, of which 28 were arrivals: 17 domestic and 11 international.
Air Canada resumed service between YYZ-CUN on 01JUN, with four weekly flights. That service is expected to continue through JUL, according to itswebsite.
However, it’s not business as usual yet. Hotel occupancy stands at 15%, and is expected to remain at minimum levels, said Roberto Cintrón Gómez, president of the region's hotel association. Occupancy is projected to approach 30% by AUG, according to ElEconomista.
Hotel occupancy as of 08JUN is 11.9% in Cancun, 13.8% in Isla Mujeres and 8.2% in Puerto Morelos.
In Cancún, 800 restaurants reopened at 30% of their capacity as per state health guidelines.
Properties reopened to much fanfare, according toElUniversal.
A video of the Grand at Moon Palace kickstart celebration was posted on its Facebook page:
Big name properties like the Riu Palace Peninsula also welcomed guests along with the Hard Rock and the JW Marriott Cancun in the hotel zone. And in the city, Hampton Inn by Hilton and Posada Irma opened, writes ElUniversal. Only one hotel opened in Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres: Gotas de Sal and Villas del Palmar Cancun, respectively.
But welcoming back tourists was not seen as a positive by everyone. Cancun's economic revival generated strong criticism from the president of the International Human Rights Defender, Gerardo Solís Barreto, who called the hotel reopenings irresponsible, according toReportur.
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