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.
AZ Capitol Times – Despite a renewed U.S. State Department travel warning for Mexico, regions like neighboring Sonora are moving forward with ambitious plans to attract U.S. visitors just in time for spring break, according to a senior Mexican tourism official.
Smithsonian – Most tourists are drawn to Mexico’s big-name destinations, like the pre-Hispanic ruins of Chichén Itzá or the crowded plazas of Mexico City. But the country is dotted with lesser-known ruins and other cultural sites, too—places that go far beyond the obvious tourist must-sees. In an effort to highlight those other locales, Mexican tourist officials have been quietly funneling their focus—and money—toward the selection of Pueblos Magicos, or “magic towns,” all over the country.
Yahoo Travel – Fun and busy Cabo, adventurous Riviera Maya, and thrilling Cancun. These are everyone’s go-to destinations when vacationing in Mexico. Yet a large part of Mexico that deserves to be seen remains undiscovered by most tourists.
Travel Weekly – As Mexico tourism heads confidently into 2016, bolstered by some strong numbers in the second half of 2015, three of its cities were singled out as vacation spots of note for the coming year. Tulum was named the world’s No. 1 destination on the rise for 2016 by TripAdvisor, Mexico City topped the New York Times’ list of 52 places to visit in the new year, and Guadalajara was No. 2 in Travel + Leisure’s list of the Best Places to Travel in 2016.
Business Insider – Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the perennial spring breakers’ favorite, Cancun, the Mexican town of Tulum has become a popular travel destination with celebrities and the fashion elite. It was recently named the top global destination on the rise by TripAdvisor travelers.
The Daily Mail – Mexico is often billed as a summer destination, but it’s just as — if not more — exciting in the wintertime. Check out these three reasons you should pack up and head south of the border this winter.
Notimex – The main destinations of Quintana Roo have sold out during the celebrations of Christmas and New Year, according to reservations projections and the hotel sector.
El Dario – The National Human Rights Commission reported that the National Migration Institute has violated the human rights of tourists entering the country through the Mexico City International Airport.
Business Insider – Baja California sank one of Mexico’s Navy boats off of Rosarito Beach in order to turn it into an underwater park for divers. In addition to becoming an artificial reef, the boat will be joined by three more sunken boats, as well as statues, sculptures, and pyramids.
Travel Weekly – Travelers to Mexico are digging into something different. While Mexico will always and forever be a favorite getaway for soaking up the rays, there has been a significant spike in travel to Mexico for food travel.
EFE – Mexico received 21.2 million tourists in the first eight months of the year, further consolidating its position as one of the world’s top 10 global tourist destinations.