Monthly Archives: July 2012

Gadling.com Writer on the True Victims of Mexico’s Drug Violence

12 July 2012

Travel writer Kyle Ellison recently wrote about his recent trip to Mexico on Gadling.com.  Citing travel concerns about Mexico as one of the current hottest topics in North American travel, Ellison felt compelled to rehash the subject after encountering what he calls “crowdsourced ignorance” in talking to others about travel to Mexico.  He writes,

“While I could rattle statistics off from a slew of different sources, the bottom line and the main point which needs to be made is that traveling to Mexico is no more dangerous than living in any major global city. Of the 60 countries I’ve wandered through and after 20+ visits to Mexico, you know where I’ve felt the most in danger (including when I thought I was kidnapped in Borneo)?  When I got lost on the south side of Chicago.”

Ellison’s incense about the common ignorance about safety in Mexico is propelled by what he calls the “real, true victims” of Mexico’s drug violence – the “peace-loving, everyday Mexican citizens who rely on tourism dollars to survive.”  He fondly recaps the highlights of his trip to Mexico, which includes cheap beers, perfect waves, and long conversations with friendly locals.

To read the full article, go here.

Travel Organizations Meet With Texas DPS About Travel Advisories

2 July 2012

Recently American and Mexican tourist and travel industry groups met with the Texas Secretary of State’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety to discuss the state’s current travel warning, which they contend is too broad and hurting business.  The groups asked that future DPS travel warnings should clarify which areas of Mexico pose the most threat to tourists, citing that less than 5% of Mexico is actually affected by drug and cartel violence.  Said Shannon Stowell, president of the Adventure Travel Trade Association,

“Out of roughly 2,500 municipalities, only 80 are currently recording problems with drug violence.  It’s a very acute problem versus a ubiquitous problem.”

The organizations point out that the most popular resort areas, including Cancun, Los Cabos and Cozumel are not dangerous for travelers.  They compare the Texas DPS travel warning to that of the federal travel warning, which is less editorialized and points out specific areas to avoid.

The Texas DPS travel warning issued this year and targeted at spring break travelers, tells Texans to avoid the country all together and “stay alive,” – which the organizations feel is irresponsible.

To read the full article, go here.