Multi-generational travel is a fast-growing trend for good reason – amid hectic schedules and technology overload, families and friends of all ages want to spend quality time together, making life-lasting memories. Often, though, multi-generational travel means multi-generational interests, but travel agents can effectively meet that challenge by selecting the right destination for the trip – one that is as diverse as the clients visiting.
Sun-splashed Mexico, with its stunning natural beauty and fascinating culture, fits the bill on numerous levels. Here are the top four reasons why Mexico is the ideal destination for your clients’ next multi-generational vacation.
While the majority of a Mexico vacation is likely spent outdoors enjoying everything from spectacular beaches to ancient ruins, the place your clients call their “home away from home” is essential to achieving high customer satisfaction levels and repeat business.
Mexico is privileged to have abundant accommodations options in Cancun, Playa del Carmen
Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and many other destinations around the country that are well-suited to families and friends traveling together. Think expansive living where everyone can spread out in comfort, plus upscale in-room amenities and elegant interior design, often incorporating Mexican-inspired decorative elements.
Guests can stay in large suites (some with multiple bathrooms and bedding options), connecting rooms, accommodations with kitchenettes, and spacious villas – all in picturesque locations. Depending on guest preference, there are all-inclusive resorts for a variety of budgets, adults-only properties, hotels with a family focus, and luxury retreats.
Activities For All Ages
Beach and watersports fun – check. Thrilling outdoor adventures – check. Cultural immersion – check. Mexico offers a seemingly endless choice of activities to suit all ages and interests for families, extended families (with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins), couples getaways, friends getaways, and bachelor and bachelorette parties.
Kayak and snorkel in calm, scenic bays. Go scuba diving to explore a vibrant underwater world of fish and intriguing wrecks. Try surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, parasailing and jet skiing. Swim in free-form pools with exciting slides. Embark on adventures in the Mayan rainforest, jungle hikes, and ATV rides. Explore the country’s diverse landscape by sand-boarding, mountain biking and horseback riding. Watch cultural performances showcasing Mexican history and tradition. Discover a day in the life of the Mayan people, and tour archaeological sites.
Activities can be arranged for a group to enjoy all together – or they can split into groups doing different diversions and then share their experiences over dinner that night. Hotels that offer supervised kids clubs give both children and adults some alone-time before resuming the togetherness.
La Colección Resorts caters to the multi-generational travel market with properties for every type of traveler at every age. Two of the company’s brands – Live Aqua and The Explorean – are perfect for young couples and friend getaways, with Live Aqua featuring a sophisticated atmosphere and day-long list of activities, while The Explorean provides immersive, adventure-minded travel experiences.
Fantastic Food & Nighttime Fun
Food is a key ingredient to a successful vacation, but satisfying a group’s palate can be challenging. Realistically, the only thing family and friends might agree upon is that they’re hungry. Fortunately, dining in Mexico is a seamless pleasure for multi-generational groups with multi-generational tastes.
There’s no shortage of authentic food – tacos, enchiladas, carne asada, tamales, mole – along with international cuisine, from Italian to Japanese. And, this culinary diversity can be enjoyed in countless ways. Sophisticated, multi-course meals in elegant settings. Festive theme night buffets. Casual open-air grills. Candlelit beachside dinners. Dining in air-conditioned spaces or al fresco, to the hum of the waves. Many hotels offer 24-hour room service for added convenience and comfort, especially after a busy, active day in the Mexican sun.
When the sun sets, nights in Mexico come alive with fun evening entertainment for all ages – live music, dancing, cultural performances, bars and lounges, teen clubs, karaoke, after-dark pirate shows, movie nights on the beach, and more. Grand Fiesta Americana and Fiesta Americana, two other La Colección Resorts brands, are well-suited for multiple markets, especially families and extended families, because of their numerous on-property restaurants and entertainment options.
Ease of destination access ranks high in importance when friends and family are likely coming from different gateways. There is extensive daily airlift to Mexico from around the U.S. across multiple carriers, affording great proximity for people traveling from either the east or west coast.
Here’s an added bonus to the easy access – Mexico has a delightful summer climate year-round, so the destination is perfect for multi-generational trips all year long. Add this to the wide range of lodging options, tons of activities, a richly satisfying culinary profile, and lots of after-dark fun, and agents will quickly learn that selling Mexico as a multi-generational hot spot is becoming easier than ever.