Mexico’s Most Popular Destination Celebrates Its 43rd Birthday

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On April 20, 2013, Cancun celebrated a momentous occasion: its 43rd birthday! Since its inception in 1970, this magnificent strip of Caribbean coastline has become one of the most important tourism destinations in Mexico, inviting international and national visitors to experience a taste of Mexico’s flavor, culture, landscapes, and its famous warmth and hospitality.

Cancun continues to be recognized as the top international destination for American tourists by Orbitz and Expedia, and was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Destinations in Mexico” by TripAdvisor’s Travel Choice Awards in 2012. For the fourth consecutive year, Cancun International Airport was also ranked the best airport in Latin America and the Caribbean by Airports Council International (ACI) for its excellent quality of service.

In just 43 years, Cancun has evolved from a sleepy fishing village into a world-class destination offering a unique blend of action-packed activities and cultural experiences like the famous Cancun Underwater Museum. As one of the destination’s most unique attractions, this museum is home to more than 400 sculptures designed by famous eco-sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. Snorkeling the clear waters of Cancun to view this living art is not only a fun experience, but it also benefits the museum’s goal to preserve natural coral reefs in the area.

Cancun has also made a name for itself as a powerhouse culinary destination with the success of the Second Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival and with the recent AAA Five Diamond Awards bestowed on three of the destinations top restaurants. The newest addition to Cancun’s luxurious properties, Paradisus Cancun is home to Tempo Restaurant, headed by Michelin Star chef Martin Berasategui and offers contemporary dishes and an extensive tasting menu.

Most recently, Cancun has proven itself to be a top entertainment destination as artists like Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, Jon Secada and the Broadway spectacular “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy” has graced the stage of Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. Snoop Dogg and Afrojack have also wowed fans at Oasis Cancun Resort. In the next few months, the destination is honored to host concerts by the Village People and the Beach Boys.

This spring season was one of the destinations most successful weekends, with more than 500 daily flights from the Cancun International Airport and an approximate 90% occupancy rate. Spring break festivities along with the Easter holiday rush made Cancun a top pick for international and national visitors.

For the upcoming summer, Cancun will host the Flight Center Global Gathering which will assemble more than 3,000 travel agents from all over the world. This summit will take place July 15 – 17 in Cancun and will be attended by travel agencies from all over the United States and Canada, the top international markets for the destination.

Cancun received many well-deserved honors and achievements awards, reaffirming the destination’s commitment to providing the best in service and amenities for its guests.

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