Mexico Sees Big Bump in International Travelers

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  10.12.10 | 11:40 AM ET

Turns out the drug-related violence along the border isn’t stopping travelers from visiting Mexico, particularly its beaches. The number of foreign visitors to Mexico has risen almost 20 percent over last year. From the Los Angeles Times:

The number of visitors to Cancun, the easternmost coastal city, jumped nearly 31% in August compared with a year earlier; tourism to Los Cabos, on the southern tip of Baja California, increased 30%, according to Mexico tourism officials.

Southern California travel agents say U.S. tourists don’t seem too concerned about drug violence because they know to stay far from the border. “As long as you stay in the resort areas, you’ll have no problem,” [Carol] McConnell, [founder of Around the Globe Travel,] said.

Several other reasons are suggested for the boost, including affordability and Mexico’s latest marketing campaign.

3 Comments for Mexico Sees Big Bump in International Travelers

Grizzly Bear Mom 10.13.10 | 1:22 PM ET

Yes but if you go to a resort you aren’t really seeing Mexico.  This is like visting Disneyland and thinking its the same as the U.S.

Claudia Kay 10.13.10 | 7:44 PM ET

I agree with Grizzly Bear Mom and not only because I’ve lived in colonial San Miguel de Allende for 22 years but because this is the real Mexico with towns that have been there for 400 years or more.  The beach resorts are beautiful but you could be anywhere in the world where there’s a beach…...

Rane 10.14.10 | 8:49 AM ET

Well, nothing would stop me from visiting Mexico and it’s beaches. I actually just remind myself that there are still more good people than bad.

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