The UK represents the third largest market for tourism in Cancun – behind the U.S. and Canada – accounting for more than half of the total arrivals from Europe.
Data released by the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) shows that the total number of visitors from the UK in Cancun rose by more than 8 percent last year for the period between January and October, compared to the same period in 2014. According to the report, a total of 94,097 UK visitors arrived at the Cancun International Airport during this period, which was up from just 87,203 the previous year.
“The CVB attributes the growth in tourism numbers to a plethora of new hotel and attraction openings, the increased flight connectivity and to Cancun’s growing reputation as a first-class holiday destination for service and quality,” wrote Global Travel Industry News. “With the pound at near-record highs against the Mexican peso and falling global oil prices resulting in cheaper long-haul flights, the CVB expects another strong year from the UK market in 2016.”
Cancun welcomed a total of 3,892,214 international and domestic vacationers between January and October of last year, which represents an overall increase of more than 6 percent compared to the same period in 2014. The UK represents the third largest market for tourism in Cancun – behind the U.S. and Canada – accounting for more than half of the total arrivals from Europe.
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In 2015, travelers headed to Cancun from the UK enjoyed a variety of fantastic air links, including flights with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, which operate direct flights from London Gatwick, as well as service with Thomson and Thomas Cook, which offered direct flights on select dates from airports in East Midlands, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Stansted, Edinburgh and Glasgow. In 2016, there will be additional flights from Dublin and Cardiff.
To make the most of any getaway to Cancun, UK newspaper the Independent advises travelers to make time for a trip to the seaside town of Tulum in the Riviera Maya. Located just two hours south, Tulum is home to impressive ancient ruins, including a stunning Mayan pyramid overlooking the Caribbean Sea. A visit to nearby Merida, a gorgeous colonial city located about three hours west of Cancun, is also an exciting possibility
“On the way back to Cancun, stay overnight near the great Mayan site of Chichen Itza and explore the pyramids first thing in the morning,” suggested the Independent. “When the day trippers arrive, climb aboard a bus back to Cancun – giving you time for a last splash in the Caribbean before your flight home.”
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