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CNN reports: “Mexico Tourism Remains Strong”

Last update 28 July, 2011
CNN reports:  “Mexico Tourism Remains Strong”
Mexico is the number one destination for US travelers voyaging abroad. “The data doesn't lie. Tourists keep choosing Mexico.”

The US Department of Commerce has reported that, while fewer American travelers are leaving the country, the majority of those who do are choosing to visit Mexico. The Department reports that 31.7% of all U.S. international tourists go to Mexico.


According to an article Tuesday by CNN, industry officials say Mexico's tourism industry has not suffered from the violence taking place along its borders. In fact, international tourism has increased by more than 2% during the first five months of this year, compared to the same period of 2010, and Mexico is the number one destination for US travelers voyaging abroad.

In addition, the US Department of Commerce has reported that, while fewer American travelers are leaving the country, the majority of those who do are choosing to visit Mexico. The Department reports that 31.7% of all U.S. international tourists go to Mexico, and it’s been rising 5% since 2002.  In comparison, U.S. tourists to Canada have dropped 27% in the same time period. Ricardo Anaya, Mexico's deputy secretary of tourism, stated, “The data doesn't lie. Tourists keep choosing Mexico.”

While many reports have focused on the bloody battles between Mexico's drug cartels and local police, the reality is that the areas struck by violence are located far away from the country's popular tourist destinations. In fact, most of the violence is found along the northern border, which is more than 1,200 miles from the vacation hotspot of Cancun and the Riviera Maya. To put it in even greater perspective, avoiding Cancun due to drug violence in Mexico would be like avoiding travel to Houston because of issues in New York City.

Mexican tourism authorities have also polled visitors to gauge their overall satisfaction with the experience of vacationing here, and report that 98% would come back and 99% would recommend it to other travelers. To help fuel the continued growth, Mexico has allowed US visa holders to enter Mexico, which encourages foreign visitors in the US to also head south of the border. The US Commerce Department also reported that in 2009 nearly 32% of international travelers opted to head to Mexico for vacation, adding that travel from the US to Canada has declined by more than 27%, while it increased by more than 5% to Mexico.

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