Fernando Olivera Rocha, Secretary of Tourism of the state of Guanajuato, said that Celaya is the municipality that has grown the most in the area of tourism.
“From January to July of this year, Celaya welcomed more than 435,000 tourists, 37% more than in 2017”, the official said.
Celaya is a destination full of history, beauty and good food. It has beautiful churches such as the Temple of Carmen, San Francisco, La Tercera Orden, San Agustín and La Merced. Other attractions are their own Museum of the Mummies, the House of Culture, Centennial Square and Xochipilli Park, just to mention a few.
Olivera Rocha met with the Hotel Association of Celaya, led by Miguel Cano Montes, to inform them of the indicators of the Tourist Activity of the municipality during the period 2013-2018.
At Unitesba University, the tourism secretary announced that in those seven months more than 272,000 hotel rooms were occupied, representing 44% of occupancy, 2% more than the previous year. And the economic benefit was 4.3 billion pesos.
In terms of visitors, from January to July, the figure went up to 2,108,093 people which represents 37% more than th same period last year, which registered 1,540,224 people.
The nationals and foreigners that visit Celaya, come from León, Irapuato, Cortazar, Comomfort, Salvatierra; Mexico City, Querétaro, Michoacán, Jalisco, State of Mexico; United States and Spain, according to Olivera Rocha,
These people travel mainly to Celaya for tourism of pleasure and entertainment, cultural (religious), business and work, gastronomy, shopping, sports and adventure, and romance, among others.
“Seven out of ten people visit this destination six times a year. And they return for the quality in the lodging, for the tourist attractions, kindness of the people, service of tourist guides, for their restaurants and for the travel experience as a whole, ” Olivera Rocha continued.
During 2017, 583,000 tourists arrived, 9% more than the previous year; these occupied 401,000 hotel rooms, representing 42%. The economic spill was 14% above the same period last year.
“Celaya has not done badly, has had a significant growth in the arrival of tourists from 2003 to 2017,” the State Tourism Secretary reiterated.
He also said that in 2003 more than 190,000 arrived and for 2012 it increased to more than 345,000 tourists; The annual growth rate during that period was more than 7%.
By 2013 more than 419,000 tourists arrived and for 2017 the number went up to 583,000; the increase was more than 9%.
Regarding the accommodations offer, in 2003 Celaya registered 39 establishments with 1,839 rooms and for 2012 the same number of hotels rooms grew to 2,140; the average annual rate of growth was more than 2%.
“For 2013 the number of hotels grew to 45 with 2, 256 rooms and by 2017 there were already 62 establishments with 3, 472 rooms; the growth was more than 3%,” Olivera Rocha concluded.