Mexico is one of the world's most incredibly diverse travel destinations. Whatever your vacation wishes, Mexico will make them come true. Come for a week or a month and you'll never run out of things to do; even if all you want to do is relax!
Are you the outdoors type? You will find championship golf courses, snorkeling and scuba diving on some of the world's greatest coral reefs, hiking, rainforests, jungles and much more. In a matter of days, you can go from exploring a desert to standing on a snow-capped mountain. The sun worshippers will find the beaches of Mexico the best in the world. Miles upon miles of unspoiled sand awaits you! How about taking a walk among some of the most vast and fascinating ancient ruins in the world? If you're a history buff, Mexico will captivate you and keep you spellbound. The Aztecs and Mayans left their marks with temples, cities and towns both world-famous and barely explored.
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Reality Check: How Dangerous is Mexico for Canadian Tourists?
High-profile attacks on Canadians in Mexico have put the popular tourist destination in the hot seat.
But it may not be as dangerous a place for travellers as you think.
On average, three Canadians for every 100,000 visiting Mexico are killed or assaulted per year, according to more than a decade's worth of data from the Department of Foreign Affairs.
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Image problem notwithstanding, Mexico has long been the top foreign country visited by Americans and is expecting a record-setting year for tourism.
Tourist Destinations in Mexico are “Perfectly Safe”
The MEXICO Report
MEXICO CITY — The following was released by Marca Pais - Imagen de Mexico:
In a recent interview with CNN, the Consejo de Promocion Turistica de Mexico‘s (CPTM) chief operating officer Rodolfo Lopez Negrete reassured visitors about the safety of tourist destinations in Mexico. The recent escalation of the violence in Mexico between rival drug cartels and the security forces in Mexico has affected the flow of American and international tourists into the country. According to Mr. Lopez Negrete, major tourist destinations in Mexico are “perfectly safe” and the CPTM is confident that the number of tourists will increase this year.
2010 was a good year for Mexico, where more than 22 million visitors are estimated to have entered the country. In his interview, Mr. Lopez Negrete said that the CPTM is aware of the negative impact the violence in Mexico has had on tourism and has put a plan together until 2018 with the goal of increasing business from 22.4 million to 26 million tourists.
The CPTM wants to tell the “untold story” said Mr. Lopez Negrete. The violence occurs in specific areas thousands of miles away from the major destinations such as Cancun and Cabo which remain extremely safe for visitors.
Mr. Lopez Negrete said that “seventy five percent of the total number” of tourists that visited Mexico last year were from the U.S. and Canada and that the U.S. alone “generates 6.5 million tourists” that fly in to the country out of the total 10 million visitors that arrive by air.
Given Mexico’s diversity which combines the “fantastic sun-and-beach resorts with the wonderful cultural wealth” the country is considered to be a very attractive destination for summer travel.
SOURCE Marca Pais - Imagen de Mexico
6 Reasons Why Mexico Is Safer Than You Think
Topics: Mexico Safety
Written by: Visit Mexico
Published: Monday, May 2, 2011
News headlines reporting drug-related violence in Mexico have caused people to question safety and security in Mexico by default. To provide some perspective, listed here are six reasons which demonstrate that Mexico’s drug-related issues, although real and in need of addressing by governments, do not make Mexico wholly unsafe, nor do they foretell a collapse of the Mexican State.
Visitor numbers are rising: The Bank of Mexico is responsible for collating and publishing foreign visitor statistics. Earlier this year, the figures showed that over 22 million foreign visitors arrived in Mexico in 2010—a rise on 2009′s figures and one of the highest recorded numbers since these records began. Despite the swine-flu of 2009, the global economic crisis, and the drug-violence, people keep coming to Mexico. Statistics from foreign consulate records show that the overwhelming majority of visits to Mexico are trouble-free.
Mexico’s economy grew at 5.5% in 2010. Industrialized nations turn green with envy just thinking of Mexico’s economic growth rate. Years of sound economic governance, shrewd investment, and relatively low debt (public and private) have created an attractive environment for investors and foreign companies. Furthermore, Mexico is now one of the world’s few ‘trillion dollar’ economies, and mature nations are today falling over themselves to work with Mexico—if you don’t believe this, look up how many foreign trade missions have been taking place here in the last couple of years, led by top politicians and ministers of the respective countries vying for a piece of Mexican pie.
No expat exodus. In decades past, when Mexico’s economy was less certain and less stable, foreign expats would often flee home in the event of a peso crisis. Today, even with the drug-related violence playing out, no such exodus is taking place and, furthermore, interest in relocations to Mexico is rising. Mexico’s government is fully expecting its expat communities to grow over the coming decade and beyond, and has been working to facilitate this process, as the financial and cultural benefits it brings are significant. If Mexico is a wholly dangerous place to be, why are existing expats staying put and inquiries for relocations to Mexico increasing?
Most people remain unaffected by the drug-related violence. Recent figures published by the Mexican government showed that most of the homicides in the country over the last few years have comprised of gang members killing other gang members. Tourists, business visitors, and foreign expats are not being affected by the drug-gangs, and statistics show that the overwhelming majority of visits to Mexico pass by trouble-free.
Mexico matters: the neighbor to the south of the U.S. is one of the world’s most important nations—poised to play a major role in world affairs during the 21st century. Its shared land border with the States is a primary reason why drug lords want control of the overland trade routes into seemingly insatiable U.S. narcotic markets, where the illegal substances they peddle are readily available to those who seek them. For these reasons and others, the matter will not be resolved by Mexico alone, but by Mexico and the U.S. working in partnership.
Mexico’s underlying story is strong and getting stronger. Notwithstanding the current drug-related violence, the country’s macro economics are in good shape; Mexico has substantial oil and gas reserves as well as considerable mineral and precious metal wealth; foreign visitors keep coming back to visit despite the unsavory news headlines; foreign governments are actively courting trade and commerce with Mexico; expats living here are going about their lives normally; statistics continue to show that Mexico’s levels of general crime and violence continue to be lower than those of most large U.S. cities; foreign expats we talk with say that they feel safer here in Mexico than they do in their home country.