Playa del Carmen Restaurants Suffer 20% Drop – Can They Survive?

The restaurant industry in Playa del Carmen has experienced a nearly 20% decrease in occupancy. This comes after last month's figures showed over 70% occupancy, according to Gerardo Valadez Victorio, President of the National Chamber of the Restaurant and Seasoned Food Industry (Canirac) in Riviera Maya.

In the early days of May, the average occupancy rate hovered between 50 and 60%. There were occasional spikes in activity, such as on May 10th, but the impact of tourism was less noticeable.

Valadez Victorio explained, "In larger cities, the presence of diners is more apparent. However, in a tourist location like ours, the fluctuation in numbers is less noticeable."

The previous year was challenging for the restaurant sector, and they are now navigating a second year in the post-pandemic world. "Some restaurants have closed and reopened, but recovery doesn't happen in a year," he stated. As such, a full recovery is not expected until the end of the year.

To keep the industry afloat, restaurant owners have been participating in fairs and markets to promote their establishments. They also host private events in their restaurants and hotels to attract tourists.

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