Tourism numbers well up over last year

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The state’s tourism industry rebounded from the effects of the Covid pandemic with force during the Christmas-New Year’s holiday period, welcoming close to 29% more tourists than it did in 2021.

From Dec. 16 to Jan. 8, Oaxaca greeted 348,572 tourists, representing an estimated economic benefit of 1.4 billion pesos (US $72.8 million), according to state Tourism Ministry (Sectur) figures.

Compared to the 2021 season, this year saw an increase in revenue of 28%, or 379 million pesos.

In terms of arrivals, 99,711 more people visited the state at the end of 2022, at a time when measures against Covid-19 were relaxed and the conditions were deemed fit to resume large-scale activities, even as the country entered its sixth wave of contagion.

The figures translate into an estimated 67% hotel room occupancy rate on average for the three main tourist destinations in the state: Puerto Escondido, Huatulco and Oaxaca city.

In Puerto Escondido, average occupancy was 63% with a total of 89,514 visitors, a year-on-year increase of almost 17%.

In terms of revenue, the holidays brought in 243 million pesos, an increase of 19%.

The average occupancy rate in Huatulco was 79%, where visitor numbers totaled 88,916 people, an increase of 28%.

Revenues reached 694 million pesos, an increase of 48%.

In the city of Oaxaca, average occupancy was 61%. Visitor numbers rose 35% to 170,141.

Revenue was 430 million pesos, 31% more than in 2021.

State figures show that almost 4% of all visitors were foreigners, 3,520 of whom chose Puerto Escondido, 5,696 opted for Huatulco, and 4,690 stayed in the capital.

With reports by El Imparcial


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