Low Sea­son in the Riviera Maya

Es­ti­mates for 2015 sug­gest that Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber won’t be as af­fected by the an­nual down­turn in num­ber of visi­tors. Strate­gies are also be­ing de­vised to pro­tect jobs at this time

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - News In Brief - BY MELISSA ROBLES

Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber are tra­di­tion­ally the months with the low­est ho­tel oc­cu­pancy in the Riviera Maya. How­ever, in con­trast to re­cent years when the oc­cu­pancy was around 50 per­cent, 2015 is look­ing to be more op­ti­mistic.

Mauri­cio Góngora Es­calante, mayor of Sol­i­dari­dad, said that an 80 per­cent oc­cu­pancy rate is ex­pected.

“Dur­ing 2015 we have had num­bers su­pe­rior to those of 2014. We are con­fi­dent that with the gov­ern­ment tourism pro­mo­tion, the work of the busi­ness sec­tor, and the ef­forts of com­mit­tees and as­so­ci­a­tions, we will fin­ish the year with higher num­bers.”

Car­los Dzib Ma­gaña, lo­cal di­rec­tor of the Work­ers Con­fed­er­a­tion of Mexico, agreed with the mayor’s com­ments, and added that the low sea­son will not af­fect the work­ing class with fir­ings or lay­offs.

He ex­plained that in co­or­di­na­tion with a pri­vate ini­tia­tive, they will an­a­lyze the best plan to keep work­ers in their jobs.

He said he did not know of any restau­rants or ho­tels clos­ing for the low sea­son to do ren­o­va­tions, tak­ing with them the in­come source of their em­ploy­ees.

Of the 4.4 mil­lion visi­tors who came last year, 289,751 came in Septem­ber. Of those tourists, al­most 85,000 were from the United States, 77,000 Euro­peans, 75,000 Mex­i­cans, 25,000 Cana­di­ans, 23,000 South Amer­i­cans, and the rest from other parts of the world.

In 2014, 311,083 tourists came in Oc­to­ber. The most suc­cess­ful month was June, with 438,165 visi­tors. All in­clu­sive ho­tels were at a 75.4 per­cent ca­pac­ity, while Euro­pean plan ho­tels were at 24.6 per­cent ca­pac­ity.

Ho­tels lo­cated on Quinta Avenida and down­town Playa del Car­men barely reached 40 per­cent last year at this time.

Juan Pablo Gal­le­gos, gen­eral man­ager of Ho­tel Ca­cao, con­curred with these num­bers. “Dur­ing the low sea­son, 40 per­cent ca­pac­ity is our nor­mal range. We try to cre­ate strate­gies to con­serve all of our per­son­nel.”

The up­swing in oc­cu­pancy be­gins dur­ing the sec­ond half of Novem­ber. There is a pop­u­lar belief in Playa del Car­men that says those who come to live here in Septem­ber and sur­vive do so be­cause their des­tiny is to stay.


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