From Travel Pulse
Acapulco was a popular tourist destination for those heading south of the border this holiday season—and throughout 2017.
Seeing a vast improvement in hotel occupancy for the entire year, Acapulco received 40 percent more visitors in all of last year as compared to 2016.
“As we close 2017 on such a high note, we have a bright and positive outlook for 2018,” said Pedro Haces, president of the Acapulco Destination Marketing Office.
“The addition and continuation of several international flights, as well as hotel renovations and the opening of new tourist attractions, are just some of the many reasons that Acapulco should be an easy sell for travel agents in 2018, not to mention our warm weather all year long, making Acapulco a perfect destination [for clients], especially during the winter months.”
Boosting the region’s holiday performance was the arrival of three major cruises and the addition of three new nonstop international flights.
“We’ve gained a larger share of the cruise tourism market through the increase in cruise arrivals to Acapulco,” said Ernesto Rodriguez Escalona, secretary of tourism of the state of Guerrero.
“Twenty-seventeen also brought with it the inauguration of XTASEA, the world’s longest overwater zipline, along with the announcement of an extreme space adventure attraction and renovations on iconic hotels, many of which form part of the Grupo Autofin Master Plan,” added Escalona. “Acapulco is meeting the tourist demand with increased flight connectivity, including the new non-stop Volaris route between Los Angeles and Acapulco, along with the expansion of Acapulco’s International Airport.”
Overall, approximately 1.3 million tourists visited the state of Guerrero in 2017 during the holiday season, an increase of more than 100,000 visitors.
Occupancy was 80.9 percent during 2017 versus 76.3 percent in 2016, bringing millions more tourism dollars to the region. U.S. visitors contributed a total of $219 million to Acapulco’s economy during last year’s holiday season, an increase of approximately $10 million over 2016.
This year also promises to be a big one for Acapulco. The city will host a variety of international events, starting in February with the Mexican Tennis Open. Other major events include the Powerade Surf Open and the ISSF World Cup.
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