Swine Flu Epidemic Leads To Sharp Decrease in Cancun Convention Business
A Knowland Group survey finds Cancun hotels experiencing a 36% average drop in business due to the epidemic
Flor Castro, Director of Sales for the Maison Lafitte Hotel in Cancun, told Knowland Group researchers that the hotel had 31 cancellations this month. She added that they are already getting cancellations for June and August as well. At the Iberostar Cozumel Hotel, Luis Velez, the Reservations Manager, noted that the hotel usually has around 45 tours booked through the month. Now they are averaging just 35 groups with cancellations continuing. The Iberostar is offering options allowing guests to either move their travel date to later this year or switch to Jamaican or Caribbean travel packages.
At the Iberostar Paraiso Hotel, Reservations Manager Martaa Bae stated that 48-52% of her reservations have been canceled this week alone. While Charlie Ross, of the Cancun Hotel 2000, told the Knowland Group that he has seen his average bookings, usually thirty to forty per day, drop to zero bookings in the past 2 days. "Nothing but cancellations," Mr. Ross lamented.
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