Queretaro, Qro. The recovery of the tourism sector prospers in the course of 2022, trusting in closing the year with pre-pandemic indicators, of 2019, according to projections from the local Ministry of Tourism.
Until the first quarter of the year, this productive activity reports a recovery of 63%, highlighted the Secretary of Tourism of the state, Mariela Morán Ocampo.
“We are doing very well in numbers (…) In the first quarter we are already at 63% of the numbers we had in 2019, this means that we are going to end the year surpassing the numbers we have in all segments (of the sector tourism)”, he clarified.
Tourist service providers, including the hotel sector, foresee a positive year in terms of reactivation for one of the items most impacted by the health contingency.
In the first four months of the year, the secretary added, hotel occupancy reached 35% in the entity, still below the 59% reported before Covid-19.
Faced with the revival of the sector, the state agency is committed to promoting three main tourism trends: wine tourism, business tourism and romance tourism.
Business tourism begins to be reactivated this year, said the secretary, specifying that the Querétaro Congress Center has hosted about 70 events.
After the health contingency, it was observed that business tourism generated a new inclination towards the vineyards, in search of open spaces to celebrate their events.
“Tourists are looking for open spaces and not just for weddings, but also to have business events, for their semi-annual, annual meetings, where they can have not only certain training but also spaces with excellent cuisine,” he said.
Given the rise in infections that occurs in the entity, Mariela Morán ruled out that until now tourist events have been canceled; however, she reiterated that the sector will be aware of the behavior of the Covid-19 pandemic and the indications of the state authorities.
In 2019, before the health contingency, the tourism sector captured an economic spill of 12,187,333 million pesos, in addition to receiving 2.5 million tourists, of which 98,301 were foreigners.