Summer 2021 is so far meeting positive expectations, meaning that Puerto Peñasco could wrap up this cycle with between 600,00 to 700,000 visitors, reports the local Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV). Bouncing back after last year’s bout with Covid closures and hurdles, these numbers are more like those of 2018 and 2019, affirmed Héctor Vázquez del Mercado, OCV President.
Evidence of this ongoing flow of visitors is that in May over 43,000 vehicle border crossings were registered at the Lukeville-Sonoyta point of entry. That is actually a record-breaking number, marking the first time for this amount since 2010!
What is particularly noteworthy, added Vázquez del Mercado, is that this year land border entry is only open to essential travel from Mexico into the U.S. (limiting crossings of Mexican and other non-US nationals). That was not the case from 2010-2019, which means the flow of visitors coming into Mexico this year from the U.S. has increased substantially.
He furthered that tourism flow to the area has remained constant following the Memorial Day weekend at the end of May, particularly for those visiting from the U.S. Puerto Peñasco has registered a high index of reservations and maintained an average occupancy rate of 75% over weekends.
The OCV President believed progress in vaccination campaigns, both in the U.S. and in Mexico, positive results from the year’s first quarter, and present reservations are all factors reaffirming high tourism flow for Rocky Point during the Summer of 2021.