Cancun officials expect more than 45,000 spring breakers this year, up from the 25,000-plus who partied there in 2012, according to tourism officials, who last week reported citywide occupancies of better than 90%.
Up and down Mexico’s Riviera Maya, resorts geared up for the monthlong invasion, which began in late February as campuses in the U.S. emptied out.
The tourist police, army troops and federal law enforcement agents also prepared, beefing up and adding patrols along Cancun’s hotel and bar zones as part of Operation Spring Breakers 2013.
Flyers were distributed at the major spring break hotels reminding students about good manners — don’t urinate in the streets, don’t use drugs or destroy property.
“Cancun has enlarged security measures to ensure that all visitors have a fun and safe holiday,” said Jesus Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We have increased the number of lifeguards on duty, and other safety precautions have been implemented in the hotel zone and on public beaches,.
“The only thing our guests have to worry about is choosing between a trip to the Mayan ruins, taking a spa treatment or cooling off in the sea,” he said.
Spring break bookings to Mexican Caribbean are up 28% over 2012 at StudentUniverse, a Massachusetts-based discount seller of student travel.
“There was less interest in travel to Mexico last year,” said Jessica Canary, manager of online marketing. “Our data also shows a 40% jump year over year for student travel to Europe, with London, Dublin and Paris the top choices.”
Travel within the U.S. remains popular because it’s easier and no passport is required, “but the trend shows increased travel outside the U.S. during spring break,”
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