- Title: Tourists dip their toes in water as top Mexican beach getaway reopens
- Date: 13th June 2020
- Summary: CANCUN, MEXICO (JUNE 12, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS BOATS SAILING BY HOTEL PEOPLE IN OCEAN HOTEL WORKERS WEARING PROTECTIVE GEAR VARIOUS PEOPLE DISINFECTING BOATS SIGN READING "CANCUN" PEOPLE ON BEACH VARIOUS PEOPLE AT OUTDOOR RESTAURANT VARIOUS PEOPLE ON BEACH (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN TOURIST WHO TRAVELLED TO CANCUN WITH HER FAMILY, FABIOLA PALOMO, SAYING: "There were several options with the (tourist) agency that I had hired, but I would have practically lost everything (if she hadn't traveled). And they told us - and we've seen - that the hotels are keeping up with cleaning standards, and obviously we are, too. Since we left home we've tried to be as cautious as possible." CANCUN, MEXICO (JUNE 11, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS TOURISM INDUSTRY WORKERS MEETING PEOPLE AT AIRPORT AIRPORT EXTERIOR PEOPLE AT AIRPORT ARRIVALS AREA (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. TOURIST WHO TRAVELLED TO CANCUN WITH HIS FAMILY, MARSHALL SNORE, SAYING: "It's simple, it's great, you know, things are getting cleaned more. But, I feel totally safe and I travelled with my wife and kids, and yeah, it's great. There's no crowds, it's very convenient and it's affordable." VARIOUS, PEOPLE AT AIRPORT ARRIVALS AREA (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. TOURIST WHO OWNS A PROPERTY IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN, TONY STEVENSON, SAYING: "You know what, I think they need to get Mexico open just like we're doing in the United States. In the United States we're about 50% open everywhere and by the end of the month we'll be 100% open. I think Mexico needs to do the same thing. [JOURNALISTS ASKS IF HE IS AFRAID OF TRAVELING] Not at all, no."
- Embargoed: 27th June 2020 23:42
- Keywords: Cancun Mexico business cases coronavirus industry pandemic reopening restrictions tourism
- Location: CANCUN, MEXICO
- City: CANCUN, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CI7DBUV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Foreign visitors have begun to trickle back to the white sands and warm waters of Mexico's Caribbean coast as its popular beaches gradually reopen to tourism with new sanitary measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
A few tourists splashed in the ocean and laid out on the soft sand outside Cancun resorts on Friday (June 12).
Most seemed determined to have a good time, even as Mexico reported record infection levels in recent days and in certain areas is at the peak of the pandemic. Mexico has registered 16,448 overall deaths.
Although hotels can allow guests into the water, public beaches remain closed.
A full recovery for Mexico's tourism sector - which represents 8.7% of gross domestic product and employs 4.5 million people - looks far off.
Mexico registered only 86,000 foreign visitors in April, down from 2.8 million the same month the year before, according to official data
(Production: Jorge Delgado, Rodolfo Pena Roja)
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