Cancun Continues to Grow with New Flight Routes and Upgraded Resorts

In Cancún, Play, Stay by Suzanne Koch

With its vibrant blue waters, warm sandy beaches and energetic day and night scene, it’s no surprise that Cancun is Mexico’s No. 1 tourist destination and growing in popularity more and more each year. The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau recently announced a two-percent increase in visitors between January and May—more than 2,937,949 visitors— when compared to the same period last year. In fact, January alone set a record with 1,057,999 visitors, a five-percent increase compared to last year. Along with an influx of sun-seeking tourists, the destination has also managed to acquire some recognitions from top travel agencies this year like the 2016 Top Labor Day International Destinations for North Americans by Cheapoair and No. 1 Most Popular International Summer Destination by TripAdvisor.

“The destination continues to evolve year-after-year, always offering visitors fresh reasons to come back again and again,” said Jesus Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun CVB. “Cancun’s constant commitment to the expansion and diversification of its tourism offerings will lead the city into yet another record-breaking year in arrivals.”

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Some notable renovations and new buildings to the area, along with the recent lift on flight restrictions can be attributed to the increase in visitors. With more places to stay and more ways to get there, Cancun is reaping the benefits. See below for some new flight routes and new resort news.

New Flight Routes

  • Kelowna: Flights from Kelowna, B.C. on Sundays running from November 6, 2016–April 9, 2017, provided by Sunwing Vacations on a weekly basis
  • Los Angeles: Daily non-stop flights from Los Angeles starting December 4, 2016, provided by Southwest Airlines
  • JFK New York: Daily non-stop flights from JFK New York beginning December 17, 2016, provided by Delta Airlines
  • Tampa: Non-stop service from Tampa beginning March 19, 2017, provided by Vacation Express on weekly basis departing every Friday.
Temptation Resort & Spa Cancun

Temptation Resort & Spa Cancun

Resort News

  • Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa: The adults-only property recently debuted in May in Puerto Morales and features 526 all-suite accommodations and all-inclusive perks familiar with Breathless Resorts like weekly themed parties, exclusive access to 10 lively bars and lounges, special guest DJ performances, pool parties and more.
  • Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun: This resort recently added a variety of kid-centered amenities like the $2 million, 40,000-square-foot Coral KidZ Club, a Mayan-themed outdoor sand-and-water-filled play zone and a Yucatan jungle adventure with the final unveiling of the remaining attractions coming in November.
  • Hyatt Ziva Cancun: This past July saw the debut of “Turquoize,” an adults-only beachfront tower in the center of the resort featuring spacious 700-square-foot guest rooms and spa-like bathrooms with rainfall showers, turndown service, a private balcony, hot tub and more.
  • Temptation Resort & Spa Cancun: Currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation project, the adults-only resort will reopen in fall 2017 and will showcase upgraded guest rooms, restaurants, spa and more.
  • Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort: Palace Resorts transformed its signature property’s convention center into KidZania Go!, an interactive playground that debuted earlier this year as part of the resort’s all-inclusive annual summer programming. The resort is also preparing to host Grammy-award winning funk group Kool & The Gang and “I Will Survive” singer, Gloria Gaynor November 18–19.

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