20/10/2009Cancun Travel Mart Generates Good Expectations For Winter

• Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Cancun Hotel Association confirmed that relationships between commercial partners have strengthened, guaranteeing 80% occupancy for next high season

• A successful conclusion, the Cancun Travel Mart had 650 delegates participate hosting approximately 3900 business meetings

A majority of operators and tourism companies from the Mexican Caribbean who participated in Cancun’s Travel Mart Mexico Summit 2009 12th edition were pleased by the good results reached during the mart in maintaining rates and guaranteeing a 80% hotel occupancy for the next winter season.

During a press conference, CEO of the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jesus Almaguer and the President of the Cancun Hotel Association Rodrigo de la Pena stressed the importance of this tourism marketing event which concluded on October 16th with the participation of 650 delegates from 20 countries, allowing to strengthen the business relationship with wholesale agents whose objective is to increase the promotion and number of visitors to Cancun.

“If the economy is improving, we expect to have a good winter, similar to last years and a better 2010,” said Almaguer, who stressed the important rise in tourism that has been recorded within the United States, Canadian and Mexican markets.

In addition, the online travel agency Travelocity announced during the tourism mart, an increase of 15 points was registered regarding sales to the touristic destination, while Expedia, another one of the most important online travel agencies with a presence in 15 countries, confirmed that Cancun is the primary tourism destination preferred by North Americans to visit outside of the United Sates and it captures the third place in sales at a international level, behind New York and Las Vegas.

“This is a good indicator, proof that good things are being done because these are companies that manage the pulse and trends of the North American travel market”, stated the Director who revealed in this industry assembly celebrated October 14- 16, more than 3,900 business meetings were executed, representing 700 additional meetings from those previously arranged.

For his part, the President of the Cancun Hotel Association stated that during the Cancun Travel Mart Mexico Summit 2009 the grand majority of the operators acted as true business partners not discussing rates that were previously negotiated for the next winter season and promised to work collectively promoting and increasing the flow of visitors to Cancun and Puerto Morelos.

“Yes, the United States is our principal market, but Cancun is being promoting within other important niche markets allowing diversity,” emphasized the hotel leader after stressing that thanks to the high quality and large variety of attractions offered by the destination, the domestic tourism was able to register a great increase along the past summer season.
Finally, the Cancun CVB and Cancun Hotel Association officials cited that they are looking to the future of tourism with optimism and are cautiously working to creatively generate more tourism for Cancun, with the support of the their business partners.

About Cancun:

Cancun, the gateway to Mexico and the Mayan world, offers luxurious hotel infrastructure with more than 28,000 rooms, and is Mexico’s most beautiful and stylish destination. Opportunities for new experiences are everywhere, as the setting brings you into contact with both nature and Mayan culture like nowhere else.

Top-level gastronomy and nightlife; warm beaches with soft, white sand; crystal-clear, turquoise seas; and a location opposite the Great Mesoamerican Reef System, in tandem with Mexico’s world-famous hospitality, make Cancun an entirely unique tourist destination.

Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.cancun.travel