The 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck central Mexico on Tuesday
forced the closure of at least three Mexico City hotels and one theme park,
though the country's tourism board says that Mexico City remains open for travel.
The earthquake, centered about 76 miles southeast of Mexico
City, has killed at least 245 people.
Marriott International's 160-room Le Meridien Mexico City
sustained extensive damage, and the hotel is closed until further notice. IHG's
233-room Holiday Inn Mexico Coyoacan and 64-room Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Mexico Medica Sur each closed for repairs.
The Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oaxtepec, located about 60
miles south of Mexico City, is assessing the damage to structures. Following an evaluation of all rides and structures, Mexico City's
Six Flags Mexico said it did not sustain any damages.
The Puebla and Mexico City airports shut down for a few
hours on Tuesday afternoon before resuming operations.
Still, tourist attractions in Mexico City, Puebla and
Morelos remain open and functioning, according to the Mexico Tourism Board
(MTB), which is working to develop a link with additional earthquake-related
information on its Visit Mexico website.
Marriott International's 20 other hotels in the area remain
open, as do IHG's 29 other hotels in the region, Hilton's seven Mexico City
hotels and Hyatt's two.
"There is no reason for visitors to cancel travel plans
to Mexico," the MTB said.
Delta Vacations vice president of product development Elizabeth Moriarty said that
Mexico City customers were safe and added that there has been minimal impact to
the packager's Mexico City inventory.
"In spite of the devastation and the tragedy following
the earthquake, we haven't seen any effects on travel to and from Mexico,"
Classic Vacations customers in the Puebla area were also
safe, said president David Hu, adding that most of the company's business is
also in the sun-and-sand destinations. Classic is relaying the latest
information relating to the earthquake to customers and agents on its website.
Pleasant Holidays is sharing any updates it gets from the
Mexico Tourism Board with its sales team and top agency partners.
"Pleasant Holidays' Mexico portfolio is focused
primarily on popular beach resort destinations and our Mexico City portfolio is
relatively small by comparison," said CEO Jack Richards. "We received
word that our Fiesta Americana resorts in Mexico City are fully operational and
welcoming guests, as is the JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City."
Correction: Six Flags Mexico in Mexico City did not sustain any damages; an earlier version of this article stated that the park had suffered "minimal" damages.