Mexico editor Gay Nagle Myers is in Cancun for the annual Cancun Travel Mart for buyers and suppliers. Here is her first dispatch.
October. It's called the low season or slow season, but not the off season. Never the off season. I do not think there is an off season in Cancun. The place was packed with tourists from all over.
At breakfast one morning at the Market Cafe in Secrets The Vine, guests from Japan and Korea were chowing down on omelets with hash browns washed down with papaya juice and cafe con leche.
I overheard Russian chitchat in the ladies room. I did not know it was Russian, so I had to ask. The women, who also spoke some English, were from Moscow, part of a group that already had visited New York and Washington and then had flown to Cancun for the "tropical" portion of their travels.
The opening reception at the Cancun Travel Mart was held at Oasis Smart, a venue that is part of the Oasis Cancun complex in the tourist zone. It was a sea of guayabera, the white shirts that are the dress uniform worn by Mexican men; ladies in fancy dress; and a lot of fake smoke shrouding the pool, where bikini-clad young women were performing a water ballet routine to some '50s rock song.
The buzz at the travel mark was all positive. Cancun's occupancies averaged in the high 70% range in October and the forecast for the winter season, bolstered by increased airlift from not only from U.S. gateways but also from South America and Europe, is "better than last season, which was a good one," according to many suppliers and hoteliers.
A just-married couple from the U.S. that I met in the elevator at Secrets The Vine told me they'd selected Cancun because "it's easy to get to, it's romantic and there's so much to do here."
Now that's a comment sure to warm the hearts of tourism officials here. It's their message, and they're sticking with it.
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