Monthly Archives: May 2012

Despite What You Hear, Mexico is Still Safe for Travelers

25 May 2012

Cozumel Lighthouse in Cozumel, Quintana Roo (by wiredtourist.com)

Mexican governor Roberto Borge of Quintana Roo – one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations – visited Austin, Texas recently to encourage Texans to head south of the border.  Borge confronted media headlines of drug cartel violence head on, stating that while cartel violence is indeed a problem, it is concentrated in very small areas of Mexico and that this violence does not affect tourists.  Borge said:

“Mexico has 112 million citizens,” he said. “Are there more good Mexicans than bad? Yes. There are more than 2,500 municipalities in Mexico, and the majority of violence is in 12 of them. Has one tourist been involved in that violence? Not one.”

Borge also pointed out that while the U.S. Travel Advisory should not stop issuing warnings, they are too general – and that this hurts both the Mexican and Texas tourist economies.  Author of the article, Melissa Gaskill reiterates the safety of Mexico’s tourist destinations.  After returning from a family trip in early May on the East Cap of Baja California, she says she felt just as safe as she would in her central Austin neighborhood.  Quote Gaskill:

“The food is great, the culture rich, the landscape absolutely beautiful. Simply crossing it off our travel list is a loss for everyone.”

To read the full article, go here.

Despite Traveler Perceptions, Mexico Tourism Remains on the Rise

11 May 2012

As Away.com reports, despite traveler perceptions of safety in Mexico, tourism numbers are on the rise.  Recent polls find that 25 percent of U.S. travelers have concerns about traveling to Mexico due to reports of drug violence, however Mexico continues to be the number-one international destination for Americans.  The latest figures show an increase of 6.7 percent in foreign visitors to Mexico compared to the same period in 2010, and in November 2011, U.S. arrivals were up 3.4 percent.  Away.com says:

Experts on travel to Mexico maintain that savvy travelers will find a safe, welcoming destination. Zachary Rabinor, director general and CEO of Journey Mexico, voted one of the world’s best adventure-travel companies by National Geographic, believes it is safe for tourists to travel to Mexico’s beach resort areas and beyond. “Of course, it’s necessary to take normal precautions as one would whenever traveling abroad,” he says.

The article also touches on recent statistics which show crime zones in Mexico are designated in just 14 of its 31 states, many of which are concentrated along the U.S.-Mexico border; these zones do not include Mexico’s popular beach resorts and other key tourist destinations.  Mexico also maintains a lower homicide rate than almost any country in Central America – and lower than other countries such as Brazil, Russia and South Africa.

Read the full article here.

FBI Crime Statistics Show Americans are Safer in Mexico than Many Parts of the U.S.

3 May 2012

Lonely Planet’s New York-based U.S. Travel Editor Robert Reid, who has been traveling to Mexico since he was a child, adds to the chorus of travel writers and reporters who consider the warnings against travel to Mexico to be out of context.  While citing that the drug violence in Mexico should be taken seriously, he also asks travelers to be sensible and consider the facts.

He writes:

“What you don’t get from most reports in the US is statistical evidence that Americans are less likely to face violence on average in Mexico than at home, particularly when you zero in on Mexico’s most popular travel destinations. For example, the gateway to Disney World, Orlando, saw 7.5 murders per 100,000 residents in 2010 per the FBI; this is higher than Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, with rates of 1.83 and 5.9 respectively…Yet in March, the Texas Department of Public Safety advised against ‘spring break’ travel anywhere in Mexico, a country the size of the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy combined. Never mind that popular destinations like the Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica have far higher homicide rates …why the singular focus?”

His article goes on to put things in context, stating that Mexico is less dangerous for Americans overall, than…well, America.  According to Reid and FBI crime statistics, Mexico is twice as safe for Texans, than Texas (and three times safer than Houston).  He also points out that most parts of Mexico are not included on the U.S. Travel Advisory for Mexico.

To read the full article, go here.