The Los Cabos Tourism Trust (FITURCA) of Los Cabos, Mexico, is instituting a new comprehensive multi-phased plan regarding the reopening of tourism during COVID-19.
The steps will also be accompanied by a series of stringent health and safety measures to be applied across the travel industry and rolled out to service providers when authorities permit it.
“The way we travel may have changed, but the experiences in Los Cabos remain unique,” the Director of FITURCA, Rodrigo Esponda, said in a blog post.
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Esponda continues that waiting for a suitable time for phased reactivation is to permit accommodation establishments, travel service providers, and timeshares to resume operations systematically. However, the primary priority is to safeguard the well-being and safety of visitors and the community and prevent the resurgence of new cases of coronavirus.
The approach will be broken up into five phases with a specified timeline associated with expectations to slowly return to the standard occupation levels seen before the pandemic.
In Phase One, travel activities will be resumed at a limited capacity for international and national travellers. Travel service providers will implement various preventative health and hygiene measures to ensure the safety of guests and staff.
Phase Two will permit the airport’s international terminal to reopen, allowing for a restricted number of international arrivals to promote a gradual recovery of the travel industry.
Phase Three involves the further recovery of international and national visitor numbers, particularly for those whose reservations were initially postponed due to the pandemic.
Phase Four will see the return of luxury travellers and larger groups, as well as visitors from the UK and Canada. By this stage, authorities in Los Cabos anticipate a recovery of 60% of bookings by the end of the year.
Finally, Phase Give will see a restoration of 60% of air travel and connectivity combined with 80% of reservations.
Hotels, resorts, timeshares, and short-term rental accommodations, such as Airbnbs, were closed in Los Cabos on April 5.
Concrete dates surrounding when the tourism industry is likely to reopen have not yet been announced.