For many people, making a decision to visit Mexico involves weighing the value, convenience, and diversity of attractions with concerns for safety and security. A recent article in The New York Times chronicles the ongoing divide between travelers who are jumping to take advantage of the many travel deals being offered in Mexico right now, with those who are concerned about safety risks and Mexico’s ongoing drug war.
Though drug-war violence is mostly concentrated along the northern border, the U.S. State Department’s latest travel advisory remains cautious, and travelers remain wary. The article points out that “the negative publicity has also made Mexico among the best values out there as resorts lower rates or add free incentives to entice travelers.” According to travel agent network Travel Leaders, 70% of agents are recommending Mexico as the travel destination “to get the most for their dollar this year.”
From the article:
“A lot of clients will come here and say, ‘I’ll go anywhere except Mexico,’ ” said Kate Rosevear, owner of a Travel Leaders agency in Plymouth, Mich. “Quite often we’ll be able to talk them back around to it based on the value.”
As always, travelers should stay up to date with State Department travel advisories and exercise caution and common sense. However, tourist areas in Mexico remain far removed from drug-war violence, and an excellent value for both deal-seeking and luxury tourists alike. To read the full article from The New York Times, go here.