Mexico's Occupancy Drops Following Swine Flu Outbreak
Hotels in Mexico reported rapid occupancy decreases at the end of April and first few days of May:
- Sunday, 26 April, occupancy was at 36.1 percent (-21.1 percent in year-over-year results).
- By Wednesday, 29 April, occupancy was below 30 percent, down to 29.5 percent (-46.8 percent in year-over-year results)
- By Saturday, 2 May, occupancy had dropped even more to 24.4 percent (-62.1 percent in year-over-year results).
- Overall for the week, Mexico reported a 50.7-percent drop in occupancy.
The impact of H1N1 influenza is severe, but we hope it will be fairly short-lived as the international media reports on the easing of travel restrictions," Freitag continued. "However, it will likely be felt throughout the summer."
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