The official indicated that for the period from December 17, 2022 to January 8, 2023, it is expected that all national tourists will be 17.4 million people.
He indicated that the arrival of 8.7 million tourists to the hotel is expected, of which 78.5% will be national and 21.5% international, which represents a recovery of 99.2% compared to the same period in 2019.
Additionally, it is expected that 10.5 million national tourists stay in another form of lodging, such as their own home or that of family and friends.
Torruco Marqués pointed out that, during this holiday period, it is estimated that 2.9 million national tourists will travel by air, that is, 17%, while 14.5 million will do so by land, that is, 83%. Of the latter, 7.6 million tourists will travel by car and 6.9 million by bus.
In turn, it is considered that 20.9 million hikers will move through national territory, which in total adds 38.3 million national visitors, between tourists and hikers, said the secretary.
He specified that total tourist consumption, which includes various services, is expected to reach an economic benefit of just over 206 billion pesos, of which 20 billion pesos will be for lodging.
He stressed that, according to the survey of travelers, in December, the arrival in Mexico of 3 million 729 thousand international tourists is also estimated, with an expense of 2 thousand 374 million dollars; and it is expected that one million 182 thousand tourists, both national and foreign, will stay in shared economy accommodation.
Regarding hotel occupancy, he commented that it is expected to be 57.8%, which means a 99% recovery in relation to the 2019 winter season, when an occupancy rate of 58.3% was registered during the three weeks of vacation.
He explained that in the interior of the country an occupancy of 82% is forecast in Puerto Vallarta; 81% in Riviera Nayarit; 80.1% in Cancun; 80% in Los Cabos; 79.3% in Riviera Maya; 70.1 in Guaymas; 69.6% in Acapulco; 63.6% in Merida; 59% in Mexico City; 58.4% in Puebla; 57.2% in San Cristobal de las Casas; 56% in Monterrey; 52% in Querétaro; 50% in San Miguel de Allende; 50% in Tuxtla Gutiérrez; 49% in Aguascalientes; 47% in Villahermosa; 44.6% in Hermosillo; while in Puerto Peñasco and San Carlos it will be between 40% and 42%. All these destinations represent 59.8% of the total number of rooms in the centers monitored by the DataTur system.
All of the above, he assured, is an unequivocal reflection that the tourism sector in Mexico is in clear recovery, thanks to the policies implemented by the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, during the pandemic, by not restricting international flights, the prompt implementation of the biosanitary protocols prepared by the Ministry of Health, together with Sectur and in coordination with the private sector; as well as the vaccination strategy.
The Secretary of Tourism reported that this season stands out for being the one with the highest flow of countrymen traveling to Mexico, and whose transfer is mostly by road.