The summer months are typically considered down-time in Playa Del Carmen. Low-season descends, the crowds of tourists dissipate and the locals begin to wind down for a more relaxed summer. However, in recent years this just hasn’t been happening. The high-season rush does begin to slow down, but occupancy rates during the summer months have stayed consistently high. This year, Playa Del Carmen occupancy rates are expected to be higher than they have in years. No rest for the wicked!
Playa Del Carmen Occupancy Rates for Low Season 2016
For any last minute visitors, finding a hotel in Playa Del Carmen might be trickier than expected. The summer vacation period is considered to be the last two weeks of July and the first two of August. Data released by the Secretariat of Tourism (Sectur) for 2016 saw that the average occupancy rate in major coastal destinations such as Riviera Maya was 70.2%. This includes Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel as well as destinations on the Pacific coast such as Puerto Vallarta.
Playa Del Carmen Occupancy Rate for Low Season 2017
However, this year has already seen a 20% increase in reservations for Cancun and Riviera Maya through the summer period. This information came from David Rebolledo, CEO of online travel agency Best Day. The concentration of the reservations has been in Playa Del Carmen.
Robolledo has stated that, ” We expect hotel occupancy to increase by 1 to 2 percentage points this summer. ” This will bring Playa Del Carmen occupancy rates to 73% this summer. If the forecast is correct, that means occupancy rates will reach a 13 year high during the summer low-season.
Rafael García, president of The Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels (AMHM) has commented that, “This year occupany can reach 73 percent for what we are seeing in the market with a (still) depreciated peso, greater destination connectivity and more important program promotions with ‘Viajemos todos por México.”
He goes on to explain that, “The exchange rate at Banco de México reveals that in one year the peso has depreciated 1.5 percent, although compared to two years ago the slip is 15 percent. We see more Mexicans traveling through their country, there is the promotional program Conoce Primero Tus Playas, and also more international travelers are arriving,” he added.
According to these experts, the main destinations to lead growth in hotel and private accommodation occupancy rates will be Playa Del Carmen and the Riviera Maya as a whole.