The pandemic put a halt to travel to many parts of the world. Some countries are not accepting international travelers at all, while others set strenuous restrictions that effectively take leisure travel off the table. Meanwhile, major destinations like Rome, Tokyo and Bangkok have seen dramatic reductions in the number of foreign tourists. At the same time, there’s a pent-up demand for vacation travel, especially among newly vaccinated people.
Mexico is one of the relatively few places in the world where there has been an increase in tourism over the course of the pandemic. In a report by the travel booking site Skyscanner released yesterday, Cancun rose a jaw-dropping 42 spots in its rankings of the most-searched global destinations between 2019 and 2021 — the most significant increase of any place in the world. It is now the fourth most-searched destination on the planet, according to Skyscanner.