Riviera Maya on the rise, tour operators say
Mexico has seen strong demand in recent months and this is only expected to increase, according to tour operators.
“Pleasant vacations is experiencing very strong travel demand for Mexican beach destinations from Cancun/French Riviera Maya, The bone Cabos and Puerto Vallarta/French Riviera Nayarit. We expect 2021 sales and travelers in Mexico to surpass fiscal 2019, which was a banner year for the company. We continue to expand our hotel offering and destinations in Mexico, recently adding Isla Mujeres and Merida as well as over 20 new resorts in Cancun / Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit, âsaid Jack E. Richards, President and CEO of Pleasant Holidays.
Classic vacations has seen a huge demand for destination weddings in Mexico, especially the Riviera Maya, reports Dave Ferran, vice president of sales for the tour operator, which was recently sold by the Expedia Group at Najafi Companies. âLuxury FITs are back. Demand is strong from top to bottom, âexplains Ferran. âMexico remains a safe place to visit; all things Considered.”
Ferran, who just visited Cabo for the airport arrival experience and passport control, as well as several of Classic’s best five-star properties, believes health and safety protocols are strong in Mexico and may the world class service offered at the properties continue.
Melissa Krueger, vice president of groups for Classic, recently visited Secrets Maroma and Grandiose Velas on the Riviera Maya. She noted that traveling inside the airport and on the properties felt extremely safe in terms of COVID protocols in particular. At the same time, she said, it didn’t seem as restrictive as it is here [in the U.S.].
âYou felt like you were on vacation – and you needed it because of local restrictions. Temperature checks were done every time you sat down in a restaurant. And since the hotels weren’t selling 100% of their space, it was really nice to be able to enjoy the property more – there was no wait for dinners, pool chairs, etc.
âIt was wonderful to travel and rediscover Mexican hospitality,â Krueger said.
For its part, the Travel group ID offers a 15% commission on its villa inventory, and that includes Nizuc, Azul Villa Esmeralda, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Chable Maroma, Rosewood Mayakoba, Secrets Maroma and Viceroy Riviera Maya.
âThe past year has been difficult for anyone struggling financially and we wanted to do something special to support our travel advisor clientele by offering an additional commission on villa bookings,â said Laurie Palumbo, COO of ID Travel Group.
Palumbo noted that more than ever, groups of friends and multigenerational families are looking to get away to make up for lost time and reunite, and as a result, the company is seeing a high demand for large villas.
âVillas are the perfect option for group getaways offering privacy and seclusion, unique dining experiences, personal pools, in-villa spa treatments, endless water activities, excursions and more,â says Palumbo , noting that ID’s portfolio of villas offers guests a away-from-home experience, with luxury hotel amenities included.
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