Los Cabos reports strong summer showing, int’l visitation up nearly 18%

Los Cabos reports strong summer showing, int’l visitation up nearly 18%

LOS CABOS — The Los Cabos Tourism Board and the Hotel Association of Los Cabos have announced that the destination saw a 6% uptick in hotel occupancy from June through August, compared to the same period in 2016.

This indicates Los Cabos is sustaining an impressive momentum of 20% YOY growth since 2015. This year, passenger arrivals in Los Cabos increased 17.3% in January through September 2017 compared to 2016. International visitation numbers rose even higher at 17.7 percent during the same timeframe.

“The data sends a strong signal that Los Cabos continues to be an attractive destination for tourists and investors alike that are looking to enjoy the distinct experiences and opportunities we offer,” said Rodrigo Esponda, Managing Director of Los Cabos Tourism Board. “As an economy that is driven almost entirely by tourism, we are keenly focused on the factors that matter the most to today’s traveler – people, experiences and peace of mind – and we are fully committed to ensure Los Cabos meets their highest expectations across the board.”

Facing unique challenges this year due to a wave of natural disasters that impacted top arrival destinations, the new data underscores Los Cabos’ rare strength as a destination where 7 out of 10 visitors are repeat guests and 90% of first-time visitors say they would return.

In September, a traditionally slow month for the travel industry and in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. State Department travel warning, Los Cabos remained resilient. The data recorded a 19% increase in hotel occupancy considering the growth in hotel inventory by 6% over the same period and a steady 70% hotel occupancy rate. Overall, hotel rooms went from 14,000 in 2014 to 16,000 in 2017 and 4,000 new rooms are expected to be added by 2021.

Moreover, Los Cabos experienced 29% growth in tourist arrivals compared to the same period in 2016, and a 26% increase in international visitors compared to the same period last year.

Los Cabos has taken swift and aggressive measures to intensify security measures across the destination, investing more than US$47 million dollars to increase security personnel, equipment and infrastructure this year alone.