State tourism officials say there was significant growth in tourist numbers during the final month of the summer holiday period, with the results beating their own estimates.
Between July 27 and August 27, Puerto Escondido and the main tourist destinations in the state welcomed a total of 454,154 tourists.
The average hotel occupancy during the period was 60%, and total tourism receipts were estimated at 1.8 billion pesos (US $106.3 million).
Puerto Escondido itself received 104,112 visitors, 7,703 of whom came from abroad. Hotel occupancy was 41% and spending totaled 250 million pesos.
Huatulco had a hotel occupancy rate of 68% and 119,247 visitors – including 6,565 foreigners – and revenue of close to 846 million pesos.
Oaxaca city reported 62% occupancy with 230,795 visitors, 15,868 of those foreigners, and approximately 720 million pesos in revenue.
The state Ministry of Tourism, Sectur, deemed the end of the summer holiday season a success, as the reported figures broke its own estimates and represent significant growth for the three main tourist destinations in the state.
The winter holiday period is expected to experience a rebound in international tourism, as more flights start to arrive Huatulco as the year draws to an end.
Sectur specifically noted an increase in frequency of inbound flights from Canada, like those from Toronto, which Air Canada resumes on October 29, flying three times per week.
WestJet will also start operating several seasonal flights, including five weekly flights from Calgary, starting in October; one flight from Toronto and Edmonton per week, starting in November; and a single weekly flight from Winnipeg starting in December.
Another seasonal flight resuming operations in November is operated by American Airlines, flying once per week from Dallas.
Sectur figures do not take into consideration the completion of the Puerto Escondido-Oaxaca highway, which President López Obrador said will be “inaugurated in October.”
The president spoke during a visit last weekend to Pinotepa Nacional.