Monthly Archives: December 2012

Latest Mexico Travel Warning Greenlights Most Tourist Destinations

11 December 2012

As reported in The San Francisco Chronicle, The U.S. State Department’s recent update to its travel warning on Mexico on November 20, 2012 was notable due to the lack of fanfare that has characterized previous warnings.  Also notable is that:

“The State Department has gotten more specific about where travel is dangerous in Mexico – and where it is not. The vagueness of earlier alerts led wary travelers to conclude that all of Mexico was going up in flames. The state-by-state evaluations produced this year, clearly outlining areas to stay away from and places that call for caution, are finally informative enough to encourage travelers to make intelligent decisions.”

Excluding Acapulco, all of the major Mexican tourist destinations are given the green light, including: Mexico City, Cancun and the Riviera Maya, the Costa Maya, Chichen Itza, Merida, Campeche, Baja California Sur, Los Cabos, La Paz, Todos Santos, San Ignacio, San Miguel de Allende, Leon, Oaxaca, Pueblo, and more.

The article goes on to review the areas of Northern Mexico which remain on alert, including Baja California (not to be confused with Baja California Sur), Tijuana, Nuevo Leon and Ciudad Juarez.

To read the full article, go here.

How to Have a Safe Vacation to Mexico

6 December 2012

The Seattle Times discussed recently how to have a safe and enjoyable vacation to Mexico.  The article states that almost all of Mexico’s major tourist destinations are in states that have no travel warnings, including Mexico City, San Miguel del Allende, Oaxaca, Huatulco, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Merida, Chichen Itza and Los Cabos.

From the article:

“The truth is that anywhere you travel, anything can happen. But being educated about where the risks lie in your travels should quell any apprehension about visiting Mexico and experiencing the country’s world-class cuisine, rich culture and majestic nature.

Of Mexico’s 31 states and one federal district, 14 have no travel warnings, according to the U.S. State Department, and seven have travel warnings for specific areas. The department recommends deferring “nonessential travel” to the remaining 11 due to drug-gang violence.

With most violence occurring in areas near the U.S. border and in the southwestern states of Guerrero and Michoacan, there is still plenty of safe territory to explore.”

The article also points out that despite the sensationalized media coverage of Mexico, the country remains a popular tourist destination for Americans.   The 2012 Travel Trends Survey among Travel Leaders reveals that 4 of the top 20 most popular American tourist destinations outside of the country are in Mexico, including: Cancun (#2), Playa del Carmen (#3), Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos (#11) and Puerto Vallarta (#15).

The article also offers some excellent tips taken from both Mexicans and American expats on having a safe and worry-free trip to Mexico.

Read the entire article and its full list of safety tips here.

Perceptions of Mexico and Its Increasing Economic Relevance

4 December 2012

As USA Today reports, the Mexico that Americans perceive and the Mexico that has developed over the last 20 years are two different places.  A recent report by the advertising firm GSD&M and Vianovo found that the three words that Americans most commonly use to describe Mexico include “drugs,” “poor,” and “unsafe.”  As USA Today points out:

“These perceptions reflect the Mexican reality that dominates headlines: soaring crime rates and gruesome murders in a war against drug traffickers. But this window into Mexico overlooks an economic transformation and deepening ties with the United States that reflect a dramatically different country.”

The same poll found that over half of Americans still see Mexico as a developing country, when in fact it is now a middle class nation.  In the past 15 years, Mexico has seen an increase in middle class wealth that includes roughly half their population.  Furthermore, the Mexican economy has become one of the most open and competitive economies, dominated by manufactured goods, and has expanded North American supply chains, supporting jobs for both Mexican and U.S. workers.

To read the full article on Mexico’s increasing economic relevance, go here.