The best way to book your next hotel in one of Mexico’s major cities is to hire an agent, the travel industry’s biggest and most sought-after talent.
In a country with a population of more than 100 million, the United States, Mexico and Central America are all vying for the top spot for hotel and travel services.
But while the two countries have been in a long-running feud, Mexico City has become a destination for both American and Mexican travelers, according to research by TripAdvisor and the travel agency Booking.com.
That’s thanks to the booming tourism industry in Mexico City.
In 2016, Mexico attracted more than $7.5 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI), according to the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AVAT).
And in 2017, the number of international travelers in Mexico surpassed 2 million, according the Mexican Tourism Agency.
In the United Sates, the tourism industry has also been a boon for hotels.
In 2018, hotels generated $6.5 trillion in revenue, according TOBIS.
In addition, the hotel industry generated $1.3 trillion in 2016 and $1 trillion in 2017.
This year, the Mexican tourism agency is looking to expand its business model to include more international agents.
“We are expanding to include international agents and they can also handle the travel to all our major cities,” said Antonio López, director of the AVAT.
The organization has opened offices in Mexico’s capital, Mexico’s second-largest city, Mexico.
With so many agents in the market, hotels have the ability to book their travel packages in Mexico and then ship them out to the rest of the world.
And that can mean more business for hotels in Mexico.
“There is a lot of potential to grow the business,” said Manuel Diaz, the president of the National Association of Hotel Agents (AHA).
“It’s not just about the number.
It’s about the quality of the services.
It is the ability of our agents to provide a professional service.”
In addition to agents, hoteliers also can hire an international manager, which could potentially bring additional revenue.
“In a city like New York, a manager could bring an additional revenue stream,” said Lóz, who has been a hotelier in New York City for more than 30 years.
“But we need more managers to be able to handle this.”
The Mexican hotel industry has seen a dramatic increase in the number and quality of agents since the recession.
The industry, he said, is also seeing a significant increase in demand for hotel rooms, with an estimated 40 percent increase in international guests between 2018 and 2020.
“It can bring an added layer of value,” Lózman said.
Travel agents are paid by hotel rooms and are required to work for the hotel chain, as well as the host.
Agents typically charge an hourly rate of $5.25 per hour and are paid per-person, but there are also agencies that offer hourly contracts.
“They can make more money by booking a reservation and booking a room than by doing a room check,” Léonard said.
In 2018, Booking said that there are nearly 200,000 international agents working in Mexico, accounting for nearly a third of the country’s foreign agency workforce.
The AVAT has an average agent fee of $2,400, which is lower than in the United Kingdom ($5,700) or the United Arab Emirates ($5.20) but higher than the United Nations (€1,900).
The AVAT is not alone in its efforts to increase its agent base.
The Mexican Tourism Association (TSA) is also in the process of expanding its agents and has announced plans to hire another 50 agents in 2019.
“There is tremendous potential for our agents,” said Lara Gómez, the executive director of TAA.
“The quality of their services is a must, but the cost is a barrier.
The hotel industry can do better.””
We see this as a positive step, and we have to be ready to expand our agents in all of our cities,” Gómes said.
“We see Mexico City as a city that is on the cusp of being a major destination.
Our agents need to be more flexible.”