As a travel agent who specializes in Mexico I follow the news and trends of this niche closely. While Mexico continues to be the vacation destination of many, the reports of violence have had travelers questioning the safety of their vacation choices. I was disheartened to see that the State of Texas has issued a travel advisory for Spring Break travelers. The reality is that traveling to the tourist resort and historic destinations in Mexico are safer than many other countries. The violence and gang battles are occurring in border towns along the Mexico and US border. The vacation destinations such as Cancun, Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit are safer than many of the large US cities.
While news media may tell you to beware, in the first 10 months of 2010, Mexican officials say, the country received 8.2 million international visitors. That figure jumped 17.8 percent from 2009. The number of Americans totaled 4.9 million. 2011 looks to be an even larger year for Mexican tourism. There are many new hotels and resorts slated to open in this year and the deals are available year round.
I will advise my clients to stay away from the border towns like Tijuana and Metamoros and to stay away from lower economic areas of the cities and back alleyways in resort towns. You wouldn’t want to take chances there any more than you would in decrepit areas of our large cities. Bottom line is that Mexico is still safe for travelers and offers more than meets the eye for the well informed.
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