Mexico’s tourism industry is struggling to keep up with the influx of tourists in the past few years.
And while most hotels have made some strides, the number of visitors remains relatively small.
New Mexico tourism director Michael Koller says the main problem is that hotels in the state are so crowded that they have to charge tourists for the rooms they’re renting.
“We have one of the lowest occupancy rates in the country,” Koller said.
“We have a number of people that are staying in hotels that are booked on weekends, which we’re not used to.”
That’s putting some hoteliers at a disadvantage.
For one, there aren’t as many hotels as there were a decade ago.
And when hotels are booked out, the owners can’t guarantee that people will stay for the entire time.
“It’s hard for the operators to make money from the occupancy rates because they can’t be sure that occupancy rates will remain constant,” Koller said.
He says that’s one of many reasons he believes the industry will eventually collapse.