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.
Travel Weekly – Travel agents say that some clients are concerned about going to Mexico due to tension between the U.S. and Mexican governments, but Apple Leisure Group — a top company in Mexico leisure travel — assures that Mexicans will continue to warmly welcome Americans.
Mexico News Daily – One might say that a new tourist attraction in Mexico City, Corruptour, is fitting for a country that has dropped 28 places on an international corruption index. The latest iteration is a modified 1998 school bus donated by an American school that will tour the country’s capital, taking its 27 passengers past 10 of the most emblematic buildings and sites of alleged corruption in recent Mexican history.
CTV News – Mexico is set to be the best place to retire in 2017, according to InternationalLiving.com’s new Annual Global Retirement Index. It is the fifth time that the Spanish-speaking nation has topped the index, which ranks the top 24 retirement destinations for U.S. residents in the world annually. The comparatively low cost of living and favorable currency rates have seen expats report living well for $1,200 a month, while friendly locals and an appealing balance of exotic and US culture were also cited as some of the main reasons it was singled out.
Daily Observer – The nine-member Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is collaborating with the government of Mexico to explore and develop a Sustainable Strategic Tourism Master Plans (SSTMP) for the sub-region.
Birmingham Mail – Almost 150 UK holidaymakers have been struck down with crippling food poisoning after going on holiday in Mexico. Figures show there have been 204 cases reported in the UK since June 1, with 148 involving holidaymakers who stayed in hotels and resorts on the Riviera Maya coast.
Town and Country -Tulum is known for its balmy blue water, perfect white sand beaches, and captivating Mayan ruins. But last Friday, the scene was far from pretty as 16 hotels, restaurants, shops, and private residences along the Mexican beach were seized in a government land dispute.
CBS – Mexico’s popularity as a vacation spot is largely driven by the affordability and convenience of its warm, sunny beaches. Still, there are hidden expenses that can mellow any budget traveler’s pre-vacation buzz.
CNSNews.com – Despite rising crime and an international reputation for widespread narcotics trafficking violence, Americans are choosing to vacation in Mexico more than ever before. Mexico is enjoying a tourism boom. More than 5.6 million foreigners chose to visit Mexico during the first quarter of this year, an increase of more than half a million compared to the same period a year ago.
12News – About an hour-and-a-half drive from Sonora’s capital of Hermosillo, there’s a hidden gem right by the ocean. It’s San Carlos, a pristine, beautiful bay and beach within the port city of Guaymas, and it’s one of Sonora’s best kept secrets.
SBS – Mexico welcomed 32.1 million foreign tourists in 2015, knocking Russia out of ninth place on the World Tourism Organisation list of top tourist destinations. Foreign exchange revenues from international visitors rose 7.7 per cent to $17.45 billion.
AP – Mexican environmental authorities say they will temporarily close a popular beach off the Pacific state of Nayarit because of damage from too many tourists. The unusual beach is a small crescent of sand at the bottom of a hole in an island that is accessible only by swimming in through a tunnel.
Forbes – Once you spend a bit of time in Todos Santos, you can see why all the saints might want to hang out there. It’s rugged and remote, not too far from the southern tip of Baja California Sur, and imbued with spirituality, creativity and adventure. It’s a 90-minute drive from Cabo but psychologically a world away. The place has soul.
NYT – For a capital with such a long and layered history, there is much that’s new in Mexico City. Skyscrapers grow like bamboo. A trendy restaurant, boutique hotel or high-end food store seems to open every week. Despite the often dark national mood — corruption in Mexico seems ever more brazen, and violence, much of it drug-related, persists in many areas — the city has kept its mojo.
Azteca – Fodor’s Travel determined that Mexico City is experiencing a “great moment” as a destination for spring 2016. On its website, Fodor’s Travel pointed to Mexico City as one of 10 sites worldwide that every visitor should know this spring thanks to its architecture, culture, gastronomy and traditions.
Globe and Mail – Tequila shots haven’t disappeared in Mexico City, but there’s an array of other shots and cocktails trending alongside the classic Mexican liquor these days. Several of the city’s chic neighbourhoods are feeding the demand for new cocktails. Here’s what we recommend you try first, and where to sip it.
Huff Post – Mexico is incredibly rich in culture, vast landscapes, archaeological treasures, dramatic nature, food and of course that (in)famous Latino passion. There’s a lot to see, however if you’re traveling with a time limit you might as well see the very best Mexico has to offer.
National Post – Just beyond a laidback beach is a peninsula that hosts a new and posh 62-property development, highlighting that Sayulita, once a tranquil fishing village, continues to grow into one of Mexico’s top tourism and retirement destinations.
Reuters – Mexico’s health ministry on Wednesday sought to play down any impact on its tourism industry from the mosquito-borne Zika virus, emphasizing the disease was under control and far from its main tourist centers.