The Daily Briefing – March 21, 2023
Puerto Vallarta News
Over 150 thousand cruise passengers came to Puerto Vallarta in two months
More than 150 thousand passengers arrived in Puerto Vallarta in the first two months of the year on 51 international cruise ships, exceeding the numbers for the same period in 2022.
With a little over 90 thousand passengers on board, 32 cruise ships arrived in January, and 19 ships carried more than 60 thousand passengers in February.
22 arrivals are expected in March, carrying 40,645 tourists. Out of the 22 scheduled arrivals this month, only nine remain. The dates of March 21, 22, and 29 will each see two arrivals.
As for 2022, in the first two months of the year, 56 thousand passengers were registered in 36 international cruise ships, so the difference between both years is of more than 94 thousand cruise passengers.
With reporting by Brenda Beltrán from Tribuna de la Bahía
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Super long weekend brings tourism to Riviera Nayarit
The outcome of the March “super long weekend” on the Riviera Nayarit beaches was very positive because these Mexicans’ days off coincided with the winter vacations of foreign visitors, which led to a high concentration of tourists.
There was a pleasant color and life with people enjoying the excellent weather with lots of activity from vendors, water sports, and restaurants packed with diners from the beach of the Decameron Hotel to El Buzo beach in Banderas Bay.
This thriving long weekend served as a warm-up for Easter Week 2023, which will begin in a few days. Hoteliers anticipate occupancy rates of over 90%.
With reporting by Alberto García from Tribuna de la Bahía
Los Cabos News
Uber XL Small Group Transportation Now Available in Los Cabos
There’s a new group transportation option for visitors to Los Cabos. Tourists can now choose an Uber XL to transport a small group of four to six people in Los Cabos.
The popular ride-sharing app Uber is responding to the needs of Los Cabos tourists by offering the new, expanded service to transport small groups of guests to locations around the beachside resort destination.
The change was made in response to tourists traveling in smaller groups to Los Cabos for the peak spring season.
The need for Uber XL in the Los Cabos area is due to the increase in group travel by family and friends. A regular Uber can only comfortably seat four passengers.
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Tourists rescued after attempting to climb Los Cabos Arch
The Cabo San Lucas Fire Department recently received an unusual emergency call from the Secretary of the Navy. A group of tourists were stranded while attempting to climb the world famous Los Cabos Arch.
How the tourists got off a boat and onto the arch was a mystery, but rescue personnel and Los Cabos municipal police were quickly mobilized to the scene.
The climbers had no difficulty climbing the arch. However, they had some problems getting down safely and called for emergency assistance.
Using a system of ropes and pulleys, officials were able to remove the tourists from the rock. The exact medical condition of the climbers, as well as the length of time they waited to be rescued, was unknown at the time of publishing.
Airline director announces opening date of Tulum Airport
The general director of the airline ViVaAerobus, Juan Carlos Zuazua, has announced that they will be the first airline to operate from the brand-new Felipe Carrillo Puerto Airport (also known as Tulum Airport). The terminal will be ready to begin operations in April 2024.
The airline has already confirmed that it will initially operate its domestic routes. However, they are also negotiating a partnership with Allegiant Air. The partnership would allow them to connect the smaller and medium-sized cities in the United States with the Mexican Caribbean.
Their goal is to connect both the new airport in Tulum and Cancun. Last year, Cancun accounted for 5 million ViVaAerobus passengers, which is 25% of the total passenger volume reported by ViVaAerobus.
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Delta increases service to Cancun and Cozumel this year
Delta Air Lines is expanding service to Cancun and Cozumel this year to meet soaring travel demand.
The new seasonal Cancun flights will operate from three major U.S. airports and will run from December 16, 2023 through January 7, 2024.
Tickets for these flights went on sale March 18 and are still available. Flight increases are as follows:
- JFK to Cancun – Increase from 2 to 3 daily flights.
- ATL to Cancun – Increase from 6 to 7 daily flights.
- DTW to Cancun – Increase from 3 to 4 daily flights.
Cozumel International Airport is much smaller than Cancun Airport and has less traffic due to limited direct flights from the U.S.
New seasonal flights that will be available include:
- ATL to Cozumel – Daily nonstop service beginning November 5, 2023.
- Minneapolis to Cozumel – Three weekly flights will be added beginning December 16, 2023.
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