14 Jan 2021
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, several people took a break from the winter in the United States and travelled to Mexico’s Caribbean beaches at the close of 2020 and start of 2021.
Tens of thousands of American tourists travelled to the Quintana Roo state, Mexico’s tourism magnet, home to Cancun, the Riviera Maya and Tulum, around 961,000 during the ending months of 2020, just a drop of 25% compared to the same period last year.
This offered tourists a break from the stress that the pandemic imposed on the world, as pointed out by 40-year-old Jackson firefighter, Latron Evans, “You come here and it’s a sigh of relief from all the turmoil of the COVID.”
However, due to the increase of COVID-19 cases and the variant, the rise in tourists could be short-lived. Both Mexico and the U.S. have noted an increase in infections. Many fear that the tourism sector would shut down once again, causing further damage.
Quintana Roo’s Tourism Secretary Marisol Vanegas Pérez noted that Mexico’s main source of the foreign tourists were from the United States, accounting for nine out of ten foreign tourists. The country is trying to “create a tourist bubble that generates confidence in everything a tourist does” she said.
One the other hand, Oaxaca’s State Tourism Secretary Juan Carlos Rivera predicted, “We are going to enter in ... an economic recession in terms of tourism in the coming months, not only in Oaxaca, in the whole country.”