Meagan Drillinger
Meagan Drillinger

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.

“It’s 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.”

“We 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.”

“Delta 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.”

In 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% from 2014. 


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