Many Mexicans are canceling their trips to Mexico

Fewer Americans are booking vacations in Mexico.
Fewer Americans are booking vacations in Mexico.

By Christopher Tkaczyk / Travel+Leisure

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.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-agents/americans-mexico-travel

Calls center expect talent pool with deportations

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/17/mexico-call-centers-trump-deportations

Google expands fact-checking to Mexico

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.

http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/16/14634668/google-fact-check-fake-news-brazil-mexico-argentina

FIFA wants 2026 shared World Cup

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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/02/16/fifa-wants-shared-2026-world-cup-the-u-s-mexico-and-canada-already-were-planning-on-it/?utm_term=.79e5e8b4de01

There will be few monarch butterflies this year

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.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2017/02/15/monarch-butterfly-mexico-storms/97945470/

Ancient temple revealed when drought drains reservoir

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.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/16/ancient-temple-revealed-after-drought-drains-reservoir-in-mexico-6451947/

Japanese firm drops plan for Mexico plant over Trump warnings

Donald Trump (AFP Photo/Rhona Wise )
Donald Trump (AFP Photo/Rhona Wise )

Raw Story

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.

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/japan-firm-drops-mexico-plant-plan-over-trump-warnings/

Jose Cuervo raises most in IPO since 2013

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.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-09/jose-cuervo-said-to-raise-790m-in-biggest-mexico-ipo-since-2013

BlackRock CEO is concerned about Trump

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.

http://fortune.com/2017/02/08/trump-advisor-blackrock-larry-fink-mexico/