Cancun and the Riviera Maya are packed with tourists over spring break,as
travelers see through the recent bad press about Mexico.
Over a million
travelers came through Cancun airport in February alone,ignoring exaggerated
media reports and enjoying the benefits of a strong dollar while on a safe
Locals point out that the 'drug war' is on the northern border,
more than 1,200 miles (1,900 km) away and the Los Angeles Times said last week that the
"drug war does not mean all areas are unsafe for tourists”.
States and Canadian governments updated their travel advice for citizens
traveling to Mexico recently and make clear that the riskiest areas are along
the northern Mexican border with the US.
Nonetheless,Funjet Vacations said,today,that the new
advice,"has been broadly misinterpreted by media and consumers."
Funjet survey of over 900 recent
visitors to Mexico,97% of those surveyed indicated they would return to Mexico
for another vacation and 90% of all respondents agreed to the statement "I felt
safe and secure." Of the respondents who agreed to feeling safe and secure,92%
traveled in 2009 and 88% traveled in 2008,indicating that a growing number of
travelers felt safe and secure in Mexico in 2009.
However,some US media
outlets still imply all of Mexico is
unsafe,particularly in recent reports about spring break tourism.
Fox News anchor,Kimberley Guilfoyle,
hysterically told parents in the US last week,"Don't let your children go (to
Mexico). You will be sorry if you do."
On its website,the Los Angeles Times criticised CNN for its coverage the drug war. The paper
said CNN anchor,Don Lemon,had,"implied that all of Mexico is embroiled in
such violence,and it's simply not true."
The paper went on to say that,
"as with the United States,some places in Mexico are safer than others,and
they deserve a fair shake."
Don't let the bad press put you off,visiting
and buying Mexican real estate is safer than ever,especially with strong value
of the dollar versus the Mexican peso at the moment.
As Oscar Fitch,CEO
of the Mexico Tourism Board,said last week to USAToday,"Feel safe to come here,and we will
take care of you. Mi casa es su casa."