Mexico Saw a Holiday Bump in Tourism Amid Pandemic Surge

As published on January 12, 2021, Meetings & Conventions, Quintana Roo, the country's tourism crown jewel, welcomed more than 900,000 tourists spanning the end of 2020 and the start of 2021.

TULUM, Mexico (AP) — The friends from Jackson, Miss., relaxed on lounge chairs dug into a white sand beach and romped in the turquoise Caribbean waters, grateful for a break from the pandemic winter in the United States.

They were among tens of thousands of American tourists who descended on Mexico's glittering Caribbean beaches at the close of 2020 and the start of this year. The state of Quintana Roo, the country's tourism crown jewel, home to Cancún, the Riviera Maya and Tulum, received 961,000 tourists during that stretch — nearly half from the United States — down only 25 percent from the previous year.

"You come here and it's a sigh of relief from all the turmoil of the Covid," said Latron Evans, a 40-year-old Jackson firefighter.


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