Cozumel, a popular cruise destination in the Mexican Caribbean, has experienced a remarkable increase in the number of arriving cruise ship passengers during the first 3 months of 2023, with a growth rate of 104% compared to the same period last year. This significant surge, with a total of 390 ship calls and 1,230627 million tourists, has solidified Cozumel's position as one of the Caribbean's preferred for cruise travel destinations.
The positive numbers have had a revitalizing effect on various sectors linked to the arrival of passengers, including tourism, food, and recreational activities, benefiting the local community and supporting the overall economy. The successful closure of 2022 saw a total of 1117 cruises and 2,943760 million passengers in Cozumel, setting the stage for continued growth in the industry on the island.
The Quintana Roo government has implemented strong measures to strengthen the state's main industry and promote responsible and sustainable tourism that benefits the local community while preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the region. Governor Mara Lezama reiterated the government's commitment to sustainable and equitable tourism development, aiming to boost prosperity and promote a tourism model with social justice.
With an estimated 1,154 cruise ship arrivals and 3,726,115 passengers expected in Cozumel by the end of 2023, the positive growth trend in cruise tourism is set to continue, reflecting the joint efforts of all sectors in promoting a responsible and sustainable tourism industry in Quintana Roo.