From January to November 2018, more than 6 million boat visitors arrived; growth is due to affordable prices that attract young people: Princess Cruises
Forecast of growth in cruise ship tourism up to 13 billion dollars
Cruise travel is one of the tourism activities with the greatest projection of growth in the world and between 2019 and 2022 could grow up to 13 billion dollars. The strong competition between the big shipping companies and the impulse for more people to change their travel preferences have led to the expansion of this industry, considered Princess Cruises.
In addition to that the sector is gaining demand in the developing regions, as growth has increased the purchasing power of the population, resulting in an increase in demand to travel by boat, said the consultancy.
According to Datatur, from January to November of 2018 there were 6 million, 975 thousand 172 tourist arrivals on cruises to Mexico, 7.2 percent more than in 2017, when 6 million arrived, 507 thousand 550 people. In addition, one million, 663 thousand 268 visitors arrived at Pacific ports, 5.3 percent more than in 2017; while the majority of tourists arrived at Gulf-Caribbean ports, with 5 million, 311 thousand 904, 7.8 percent more than in 2017.
Likewise, the ports that had most arrivals last year were Cozumel, Quintana Roo, with 154 thousand arrivals, followed by Majahual, in the same entity, with 331; Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas, in Baja California, with 241 and 149 arrivals, respectively, in the same period, from January to November 2018.
Data from the Bank of Mexico (Banxico) say that last year, the country exceeded expectations in cruise tourism, with a growth of 7.2 percent in the number of tourists per ship, and 4 percent in arrivals of cruise ships to ports national, and with a spill of 480 million dollars, that is, from January to November Mexico recorded 2 thousand 362 arrivals and six million 975 thousand cruise passengers, which shows a rebound of 4 percent in the number arrivals and 7.2 percent in the number of passengers per boat.
For Princess Cruises, the interest of young and new cruisers is growing in this type of travel, which was previously aspirational and today, with the rates available to everyone, allows more people to get on a cruise.
It is even cheaper than traveling by land, with advantages such as not having to unpack, first class food and attractive itineraries for every taste. This is also added to the activities on board and specialties that allow cruises to be one of the best travel options today, with record low prices.