Mazatlan midyear report shows 8.8 percent increase in visitor arrivals to date in 2016
MAZATLÁN MIDYEAR REPORT SHOWS 8.8 PERCENT INCREASE IN VISITOR ARRIVALS TO DATE IN 2016
Mazatlán, known as the only ‘Colonial City on the Beach’ in Mexico is well positioned to surpass its 2015 visitor arrival numbers. The Mazatlán Tourism Board has announced that midyear figures from January 2016 to May 2016, show that 733,853 visitors arrived into the destination, an increase of 8.8 percent compared to the same period in 2015.
Mazatlán has increased airlift and cruise calls in 2016, contributing to the positive momentum. Cruise arrivals are in its third consecutive year of growth, increasing from 35 ships in 2015 to 93 ships in 2016. Hotel occupancy is also trending positively, with the percentage of hotel occupancy in Mazatlán increasing by 59 percent over the same period in 2015.
Mazatlán is also in the process of completing an extensive resort project, Playa Espiritu, which is being developed on approximately nine square miles of coastal property. Playa Espiritu, will be located roughly 50 miles south of downtown Mazatlán. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 and will include 100 hotels totaling 44,000 rooms, featuring beaches, convention and entertainment spaces, retailers and golf courses.
For the remainder of 2016, the Mazatlán Tourism Board will continue to focus on increased airlift from priority feeder markets across the United States and Canada, as well as key domestic locations.