|The turquoise waters and grand resorts of Cancun have been beckoning visitors for decades, with no signs of a slow-down anywhere in sight. Despite the many choices in today’s landscape, this is still a favorite of travelers, as evidenced by its fifth straight win as Best Selling Destination in Mexico in our Readers’ Choice Awards.|
So why is this famous sun-and-sand destination still such an obvious choice? “Cancun is an easy gateway from the U.S. and it has the best connectivity from the U.S. to Mexico, so it is easy for travelers in the Unites States or Canada to find an option to fly to Cancun,” says Jesus Almaguer, director of the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Cancun is a dynamic destination that has something for everyone. It combines nature, amazing beaches, and the legacy of the Mayan culture, its modern infrastructure, state-of-the-art hotels and impeccable service provided by Cancun people.”
Among the surprises to look forward to next year will be the result of a partnership between Palace Resorts and Hard Rock Resorts. Palace Resorts’ Cancun Palace, which already comes with ardent followers, will be transformed into the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Cancun. The property will remain open as it transforms into the Hard Rock, which is set to debut next winter, and will offer the brand’s signature Rock Star Suites as well as music and entertainment memorabilia.
Next year, the destination will also host the first Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, says Almaguer, “gathering the best chefs from around the world such as Ferra Adria, and Jaques Pepin, among others. They will be hosting different activities such as a tribute to Mexican cuisine, but will also integrate the world’s best cuisines and wines. Every foodie in America should attend.”
The festival takes place March 15 through 18 and promises to bring together some of Mexico’s finest cuisines with culinary pros and wine and spirit producers from all over the world. Events include celebrity chef and winemaker dinners and yacht cruises, cooking demonstrations and a tasting village, as well as plenty of after-dark parties.
The year 2012 will also see Cancun promoting the richness of the Mayan culture through various events, because its home state of Quintana Roo is also home to two of the 10 “must-see” archaeological icons before the end of the Mayan calendar next December: Tulum and Coba. And as bountiful as the region is in natural attractions, Cancun is still intent on providing more for travelers to keep going back.
“Cancun is working very hard to add new products and offer quality and innovation to our visitors,” says Almaguer. “The Underwater Museum is a must-see attraction [due to] its originality and…has also welcomed many new flights from Canada, Miami, and the UK—proof that our destination is in demand from travelers from all over the world.”