According to Sedetur, the Department of Tourism of the state of Quintana Roo, the hotels in both Riviera Maya and Cancun/Puerto Morelos saw a drop in average hotel room occupancy in October 2018 compared to October last year.
The hotels in Riviera Maya saw their average room occupancy drop from 70.7% in October 2017 to 69.0% in October this year while the hotels in Cancun/Puerto Morelos saw their average room occupancies fall from 67.7% in October 2017 to 67.3% in October 2018.
Through the first ten months of 2018 the hotels in Riviera Maya have achieved an average room occupancy of 80.4%, down from 83.4% for the first ten months of 2017, while those in Cancun/Puerto Morelos have achieved an 79.9% average room occupancy year-to-date in 2018 down from 81.6% for the first ten months of 2017.
Riviera Maya has 46,958 hotel rooms while the Cancun/Puerto Morelos area has 40,835 hotel rooms.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.