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.
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