Monthly Archives: April 2012

At Tianguis Turistico, Mexico Tourism Bounces Back

17 April 2012

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Mexico’s tourism industry is bouncing back in a big way.  Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism announced in February, that 2011 was a record-breaking year in which the country saw 22.67 million international travelers, and Mexico remains the most popular tourist destination for U.S. travelers.

At the Tianguis Turistico, an annual gathering of travel industry representatives and journalists, and Latin America’s biggest trade show, Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Gloria Guevara announced that Mexico now has, “a 98 percent repeat visitor rate and 99 out of every 100 visitors recommends our destinations.”  Also reported at Tianguis was that the country received 22,000 business appointments, beating last year’s numbers by nearly 40%.

To read the full article, go here.

Top 10 Tourism Destinations in Mexico

10 April 2012

As Never Stop Traveling reports, Mexico continues to be one of the most popular destinations for American tourists, boasting sandy resorts and culturally rich travel experiences.

The article encourages travelers to exercise common sense safety precautions, as they would in any other foreign country, while enjoying all that Mexico has to offer via the Mexico Tourism Board’s top 10 tourism destinations in Mexico.  These destinations include:

-The sun, sand and waters of Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres

-The lively art, culture and shopping that Mexico City has to offer

-The upscale restaurants and panoramic views of Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit

-The spas, eco-tourism, and year-round, impeccable weather of Baja California Sur: Los Cabos and La Paz

-The music and agave fields of Guadalajara and Tequila in Jalisco

-The charm and world-class golf courses of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

-The art, history, museums and culture of Central Mexico: Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato City

-The archaeological sites and Mayan culture of the Yucatan: Merida, Uxmal and Chichen Itza

-The natural beauty and breathtaking scenery of Copper Canyon

-The open-air markets and handmade crafts of Chiapas: San Cristobal de las Casas

To read the full article and destination descriptions, go here.

A Family Road Trip to Mexico Dispels Myths About Danger

6 April 2012

Rachel Denning shares her recent experiences on a family road trip through Mexico, for the popular BootsnAll Indie Travel Guide.

Denning and her family of 7, including her kids (whose ages range from 4 to 2 months), crossed the border from Arizona into Chihuahua, and passed through Durango, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and most of the Yucatan Peninsula before crossing into Belize.

What they experienced was a Mexico far from the “lawless,” “violent,” and “dangerous” Mexico they had been sufficiently warned about.  What they discovered instead was a Mexico “so far from the rumors, news reports, warnings and ‘common knowledge’ that it was almost comical, if it wasn’t so sadly incorrect.”

Says Denning,

“Yes, there are people being killed in Mexico. Yes, there is a drug war going on. Yes, regular precautions should be taken, just as you would if you were taking a trip to the United States for the first time. You probably wouldn’t pick a known gang neighborhood in L.A. as the place you would spend your time.  The same logic applies for visiting Mexico. For the most part, the urban legends  just aren’t true, and if you avoid the “bad parts of town,” the result will be a rich, rewarding experience.”

In her article, she dispels 4 common myths about Mexico.  Those myths include:

-“Because of the drug war, all of Mexico is unsafe”

-“Tourists are being targeted and killed, even in the “safe” areas, and anyone could get caught in the crossfire”

-“If you do go, stick to the touristy areas – they’re the safest for you and your kids”

-“Mexico is just a poor, third world country.  There’s not much to see and do anyway, especially for kids”

She also shares her six favorite destinations in Mexico, which include: Lake Chapala, Morelia, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Laguna Bacalar.

To read Denning’s explanation behind the 4 common myths about Mexico, as well as her travel and destination recommendations, view the full article here.

Readers Talk About Their Own Experiences in Mexico

5 April 2012

Seattle Times columnist Carol Pucci decided to address tourist concerns about safety in Mexico by asking readers who had been to or live in Mexico to share their experiences.  Nearly 100 people responded online and through written correspondence.

The general consensus among readers was that there is a noticeable police presence, even in tourist destinations.  While some may view this as a comforting safety measure, others may find it unsettling.  However, most of those who responded agreed that “not going to Mexico because of violence in some areas is like saying you won’t go to Ephrata because there was a shooting in Tacoma.”

Said Bob, from Camano Island:

“”Fearful of visiting Mexico, not us. We visited Loreto (in June). Walked the entire town without any fears. The people were very gracious … Bottom line, we have no concerns about traveling to Mexico. On the other hand, there are two things I wouldn’t do … (go to) border towns, and (take) long driving trips to the interior.”

Pat from Edmonton Alberta had this to say:

“My husband and I have been going to Mexico for three months in the winter for the past 14 years. We stay in San Miguel de Allende and often travel around Mexico. We actually feel safer there than we do here in our hometown.”

Doug from Seattle put things in perspective as well:

“We own a house in Puerto Vallarta, and travel throughout Mexico on the national bus lines. In all the years we have been going, I can count on less than one hand the number of violent crimes of which I am personally aware. No one makes light of the drug violence there, but when was the last time the U.S. government issued travel warnings to various American cities including the nation’s capital?”

To read the rest of reader comments, go here.