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Mexico: number of foreign visitor arrivals in Cancún 2016-2019

In 2019, the number of international tourist arrivals in the Mexican city of Cancún was estimated to increase by 1.8 percent in relation to the previous two years, reaching 6.15 million foreign visitors. That year, Cancún was the second most popular tourism destination in Mexico, based on the number of visitors, ranking only behind the capital Mexico City.

Cancún tourism statistics

Cancún, situated in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, is not only a popular destination for international tourists. In the first quarter of 2018, almost four out of ten visitors in the city were Mexicans. Considering international visitors, the U.S. was the most popular country of origin for Cancún visitors, accounting for 38.6 percent of arrivals. And Cancún visitors like to enjoy their stay – almost 70 percent of visitors had a length of stay in the city of at least five days.

Accommodation in Cancún

The hotel occupancy rate in Cancún is directly related to the hotel classification. Five-star hotels, the favorite among non-resident tourists, registered a hotel occupancy of over 75 percent in 2018. Four and three-star hotels also recorded occupancy rates above 70 percent, while only 40.8 percent of rooms in one-star hotels were booked, mostly by Mexican residents.

Number of international tourist arrivals in Cancún, Mexico from 2016 to 2019

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

2016 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Forecast
Figure for 2016 was retrieved from a previous release.
International arrivals include visitors from abroad staying for at least 24 hours but not exceeding 12 months. Data also encompasses visitors to the city who arrived in the country via a different point of entry but traveled to the city for all purposes of visit: business, leisure, and visiting friends or relatives.
Arrivals of domestic visitors, same-day visitors, people in transit and cruise passengers are excluded.
Numbers have been rounded.

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