There’s a new self-imposed, fear-inspired travel ban happening among American travelers.
U.S.-based travelers are increasingly canceling trips to Mexico, reports Travel Weekly. According to a recent survey of 166 travel agents conducted by the MAST Travel Network, eight percent said they have clients who have canceled or re-booked trips to other destinations.
MAST also said 52 percent of the agents reported they have clients who specifically indicated that they did not want to travel to Mexico, while 49 percent said their clients do not want to travel internationally.
“The intensifying issues of immigration, the border wall, and trade are, in my view, going to cause some customers to think twice about a vacation in Mexico if they feel they are not welcome,” John Werner, president and COO of MAST, told Travel Weekly.
Mexico remains MAST’s most popular destination for leisure travelers.
Ford Mexico CEO Gabriel Lopez said at a company event in Mexico City Thursday that it’s going ahead with plans to expand two of its plants — an engine plant in Chihuahua and a transmission plant in Irapuato.
Guardian – If Donald Trump deports millions of people, Mexico’s call centers will have one word for him – and it won’t be gracias; it’ll be thanks. The booming industry needs English speakers to service US customers, and the US president seems set to oblige with a deportation force that could banish record numbers of Americanized Mexicans south of the border.
The Verge – Google News is launching its fact-checking feature in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to counteract fake news. In a blog post published on Wednesday, Richard Gingras, VP of Google News, said that users in the three countries will now see links from fact-checking websites in Google News search results.
PV Tech – Mexico will add 5GW of new clean energy to existing capacity, representing 170% growth in generation for wind and solar over the last 18 years, secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquín Coldwell has said.
Washington Post Soccer leaders in the United States, Mexico and Canada already were talking about a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup, so they likely were well prepared for FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s announcement Thursday that FIFA will encourage bidders for soccer’s biggest tournament to partner up.
USAToday – One of the sure signs of spring — monarch butterflies — might be harder to find this year. After a significant rise last year, the number of monarch butterflies at winter breeding grounds in Mexico is down once again, according to butterfly tracker Craig Wilson, a senior research associate at Texas A&M University.
Billboard – A Juan Gabriel hologram will make its debut at the Eternamente Juan Gabriel tribute concert taking place Feb. 18 in Mexico, a spectacle that promises to take the audience on an emotional journey to celebrate the legacy of the late Mexican icon.
Metro – A drought has revealed a 400-year-old Dominican church that has remained intact despite spending decades underwater in a reservoir in Mexico. The church was submerged in the 1960s when the nearby Benito Juarez Dam was built. A severe drought in Mexico has caused the water level to drop so much the temple is now almost completely visible.
A top Japanese company said Thursday it had dropped Mexico as a possible location for a new auto parts factory after Donald Trump rapped Toyota over a plant in the country — and economists warned more firms could follow suit.
The decision by Nisshinbo Holdings marked the first time a Japanese company has publicly abandoned a Mexican facility in response to the new US president’s protectionist outbursts, the Nikkei business daily said Thursday.
The announcement comes as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to Washington today (Thursday) for meetings with Trump aimed at cementing ties and underscoring Japan’s commitment to investing in the US.
Mexico was among the locations being considered for Nisshinbo’s vehicle brake parts plant, reportedly worth up to 10 billion yen ($89 million).
The firm is a leading maker of friction-reducing brake parts with about a 15 percent share of the global market.
Politico – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel soon to Mexico City, an announcement that came following a meeting between Tillerson and his Mexican counterpart on Wednesday, the State Department announced.
Bloomberg – Shares of Jose Cuervo, the world’s biggest tequila maker, sold for 34 pesos each, the high end of the projected range, said people, who asked not to be identified. Cuervo’s $791 million offering makes it the country’s largest IPO in dollar terms since Grupo Lala raised an initial $938 million in October of 2013.
Reuters – The foreign ministers of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala will meet in Mexico next week to discuss immigration policy responses to Donald Trump’s U.S. presidency, the Honduran ambassador to Mexico said.
Fortune – An advisor on Donald Trump’s business council is voicing concerns with the President’s approach to Mexico. Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, met with Trump last week as part of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum. Fink, who presides over BlackRock’s more than $5 trillion in assets under management, appears to have left the meeting with serious misgivings about the direction President Trump is headed.
Independent – Pope Francis has issued a thinly veiled rebuke of Donald Trump’s cornerstone policy to build a wall along the border with Mexico. The pontiff did not refer to the US President by name or directly mention his plan to build a fence along the border but instead emphasised the need to forge bridges rather than walls.
President Donald Trump boosted the hopes of employees at Rexnord Corp.’s factory in Indianapolis in December when he castigated the company for “viciously firing” workers and planning to move their jobs to Mexico.
Two months later, Rexnord is still planning to close the industrial-bearings factory, which employs about 350 people, despite Trump’s shaming and his earlier intervention to stop a nearby Carrier Corp. furnace factory from closing.
Rexnord says moving the plant to Mexico is part of a plan to save $30 million annually.
Executives at Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar are moving ahead with a restructuring that includes shifting jobs from a Joliet, Ill., factory to Monterrey, Mexico.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor is moving forward with Japan’s JFE Steel to build a new plant in Mexico to make steel for car makers.
The continuing investments abroad underscore the scale of the economic forces that confront President Trump’s plans to persuade U.S. firms to stop moving operations — and jobs — to Mexico.
Crux Now – A growing number of migrants escaping the dangerous gangs in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala choose to seek refugee status in Mexico rather than try and cross the border to the United States, according to Catholic run migrant shelters.
NPR – Sam Polinsky, a 27-year-old wrestler from Pittsburgh, came to Mexico’s lucha libra and branded himself as Sam Adonis, “El Rudo de las Chicas” or the “Ladies’ Bad Guy.” Then he decided to sport a 4-ft. flag with the face of Donald Trump on it.