This Mexico Travel Update focuses on the recent issues that may be influencing travelers´ decisions on visiting Mexico.
Issues include the current U.S. political climate towards Mexico. Besides that, safety and security concerns in tourist areas. Another focal point is the dismantling of the national tourism board in May. Finally, ongoing reports of massive amounts sargazo may leave some travelers with doubts on whether to visit the destination.
Whether tourists choose to travel to Mexico or not may depend on where they’re going and how they prepare. Whether you are a travel agent or you are considering traveling to Mexico, this article brings you the latest reaction from travel experts.
Mexico Travel Update
POTUS threatened 5% tariffs on all Mexican imports unless Mexico promised to crack down on the inflow of Central American migrants. Therefore in June, Mexico pledged to take “decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations.”
Tom Brussow, President of YesToMexico and Sunsational Beach Vacations says ongoing politics at the U.S.- Mexico border cannot be ignored. However he also says that the constant news flow, which often generalizes Mexico unfairly in a negative light, surely affects how Americans perceive Mexico. “The truth is Mexico’s most-popular tourist destinations are hundreds of miles away. Therefore they are uninvolved in the political issues driving these headlines.”
“YesToMexico looks to educate travel advisors, hotel industry professionals and consumers through a proactive response to sensational reports as well as prepared materials that help dispel and tackle myths,” he adds.
Dissolution of the national tourism board
In May, the Mexico Tourism Board, known as the Consejo, was hit with drastic cuts. Dario Flota Ocampo, Director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Board told USA TODAY that the dissolution of the Mexico Tourism Board is affecting Mexican tourism. The dissolution means that Quintana Roo no longer has a promotional umbrella campaign from the entire country. The majority of domestic regions have always promoted Quintana Roo´s destinations. However these cuts stymie our promotional efforts.” Quintana Roo includes the hot spots of Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.
Is Mexico safe?
The U.S. State Department currently has a “Level 2” travel advisory warning on a scale of 1 to 4. This means “exercise extra caution.” However, some of Mexico’s states have Level 4 advisories, including Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas. Common tourist regions like Baja California, Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Oaxaca currently have a low Level 2 advisory.
In response, several cities and states in Mexico are creating new security measures to maintain and increase tourism. “Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations like Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City and Cabo San Lucas remain safe,” says Brussow. “Perception doesn’t always match reality. Often, violent crimes that are reported in the U.S. take place outside of main tourism zones. However, if tourists use common sense and take reasonable safety precautions, they should have no hesitancy about visiting Mexico.”
Some Mexican beaches are overrun by algae
Another important issue to cover in this Mexico travel update is sargassum which is affecting Caribbean beaches in Mexico. Macro algae, or sargassum, is washing in from between the Atlantic Ocean and Brazil by ocean currents.
Lomas Travel therefore recommends that travelers work with reputable Mexico travel providers. Approved travel agents are constantly monitoring the situation. That way, they are more likely to recommend a property that has contingency plans and the means to manage their beaches.
Grupo Lomas hotels are all well on top of the situation and are keeping sargazo at bay. Meanwhile some of the other hotels in the region are shuttling their guests to and from clean beaches.
Besides the beaches however, there are dozens of other attractions for you to enjoy. Championship golf courses, spas, cenotes, Mayan ruins and Magic Towns mean that for Quintana Roo, it´s business as usual. That is all for this Mexico travel update for now. Please continue to follow this blog for regular updates.