2021 New Hotels Openings in Latin America
2021 looks promising in Latin America when it comes to Hotel openings and new developments. Based on the number of new rooms entering the market and the trusted brands fueling this growth, we believe that there is confidence in the future coming from the major Hospitality industry stakeholders, especially in Mexico & the Caribbean where we have already seen a slow but steady recovery.
The following compilation of new Hotels are mostly very high-end or curated by their ability to service meetings & incentives, which is the main focus of our DMC partners in Latin America.
Mexico was the first Destination to reopen and the most flexible when it comes to their entry requirements, as they were only closed for two months; it almost feels like they never actually closed. Airlines are returning back to service all the main Tourism Destinations because of the growing demand, especially from the US. Traveling to Mexico is almost the same as traveling domestically.
The Government of Mexico makes it more expensive for investors to keep Hotels closed vs open, even with a low occupancy. The private sector is also taking matters into their own hands to ensure safety and compliance when it comes to COVID-19 protocols. Many Hotels are offering PCR Testing onsite to meet reentry requirements from some Countries and US States to help travelers avoid quarantine upon their return. The private sector is also getting ready to vaccinate all the frontline employees at the Hotels.
New Hotels in Mexico by Maritur DMC:
St. Regis at Kanai Resort
The Dominican Republic:
The new government of the Dominican Republic has relaxed the requirements to travel to the Destination and have gone as far as to include medical insurance to offer even more peace of mind to their visitors. At the same time, both government and private sector ensures that safety protocols are in place to protect both employees and visitors.
2020 already brought new Hotels and Resorts like Hyatt Ziva & Hyatt Zilara, ClubMed in Miches and more Hotels and upgrades by AM Resorts. 2021 brings new Hotel brands such as Live Aqua and Margaritaville by Karisma. The trend shows more Luxury Hotels openings or upgrades and an increasing focus on the demands of the American Market.
Live Aqua Punta Cana
Colombia has been growing in popularity over the last years and is one of our most demanded Destinations with lots of potential for growth with new Hotels and a state-of-the-art convention center in Bogota.
The government has been on the conservative side when it comes to COVID-19, but after months of strict lockdown the country reopen to the world last September of 2020. While the country remains open and air service has been returning back to the Key Destinations, a PCR test is required at least 48 hours prior to arrival to ensure safety.
As far as new Hotels, Four Seasons postponed the new Hotel opening in Cartagena for 2022 but we still have the following hotels on the schedule from Hilton and Sofitel:
Sofitel Casa Blanca
Costa Rica & Panama
Costa Rica has been cautiously and systematically opening their Destinations to the US and as of today is also one of the most “Hassle-free’ Destinations to travel. They follow strict guidelines to ensure safety at all touch points from arrival to departure. Panama is open for business, which is very good news considering Panama as one of the major hubs in Latin America thanks to Copa Airlines. While Panama is open for travel, test results from a PCR test are required 48 hours prior to arrival.
While there were many Hotels and new developments scheduled for 2021, because of the situation some had to postpone to 2022, such as the Six Sense Papagayo in Guanacaste, Viceroy Bocas del Toro in Panama and the Discovery Adventure Park in Costa Rica.
Still, the Ritz Carlton Reserve at Pearl Island is still scheduled to open in late 2021:
Six Senses Papagayo
Argentina still has not opened for international travel. In 2020 Marriott Buenos Aires was opened becoming the first Hotel to raise the Marriot flag in Argentina since 2013. Previously operating as the Hotel Panamericano Buenos Aires, this property underwent an extensive conversion to meet Marriott's quality standards.
For 2021 there is only one boutique Hotel opening in the area of El Chalten, a village within Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina’s Santa Cruz province, in the southern part of Patagonia.