On Jan. 19, the U.S. State Department updated its Mexico travel warning, but the
update once again avoids most of the country’s tourism destinations. It
noted additional restrictions on
intercity travel by U.S. government personnel and continued to warn against
travel to border regions or areas along major drug-trafficking routes. But as
with the last State Department update in May, popular resort areas and cities
were mostly spared. For example, no advisory is in effect for Mexico City or
the states of Guanajuato, Quintana Roo and Yucatan. As a result, travel agents
and tour operators say they have not felt any impact on of their businesses.
been nothing,” says Mitch Toren, owner of the Holland, Pa.-based agency Trip
Guy. “People were more talking about [the Zika virus] than anything going on in Mexico.”
have not experienced any cancellations or hesitation from clients traveling to
Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Mita or the Costa Alegre/Careyes,” says
Zachary Rabinor, director general of Journey Mexico.
“Normal precautions should be taken when traveling anywhere in Mexico, as one
would when traveling internationally anywhere in the world.”
Vacations has not seen any recent increase in concern from our customers about
security in Mexico,” says John Caldwell, president of Delta Vacations. “The majority of our business is in Puerto Vallarta
and Riviera Nayarit, which were not mentioned in the recent State Department
advisory. Nevertheless, we will continue to monitor the situation.”
years past, Mexico was a hot button issue for tourists as Americans
contemplated the safety of travel south of the border. But the initial
hesitance seemed to pass in recent years as tourists became more aware that the
areas in which they would be traveling were, for the most part, entirely safe.
Last year, Mexico ranked No. 9 among the world’s 10 most visited countries.
More than 32 million tourists visited Mexico, which is an increase of nearly 10%