OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE MEXICAN TOURISM BOARD

We are aware of the updated U.S. Department of State travel warnings and advisories pertaining to Mexico (August 2017). These travel warnings and advisories are issued regularly for more than 100 countries around the world and contain specific information to aid travelers abroad.   While the U.S. State Department Travel Warnings note that there are incidents of violence in Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo, both popular regions for international tourism, we wish to provide additional context related to this warning as there is no cause for increased concern. 

As the Travel Warning explains, there have been situations among individuals involved in criminal activities. We can add that the overwhelming majority of those incidents have taken place in locations not frequented by international tourists (such as inner-city areas or private properties).

 The Mexican government and entire tourism industry have a long-standing program in place to ensure proactive measures are taken to avoid violent incidents in areas frequented by international tourists. These measures include establishing protocols and coordinating efforts among different government entities across key destinations, such as tourism safety trainings and dedicated resources for public safety. These measures have helped to maintain the continued safety and satisfaction of visitors coming to Mexico each year.  In 2016, Mexico hosted 35 million international tourists, 80% of which came from the United States. That year, the country increased its ranking by the United Nations World Tourism Organization to 8th most visited country in the world.    

So far in 2017 (January – July), Mexico’s visitors from the U.S. have increased by 9.6% (6.2 million visitors), in comparison to the same period in 2016. Overall, international visitors to Mexico have increased by more than 9% in 2017. During 2016, 94% of U.S. visitors reported an experience that exceeded their expectations and 86% said they would like to come back again in the next six months.    

We look forward to hosting millions of tourists in the coming months and holiday season


Q & A

1. I heard there is a new travel warning. What does that mean?  
 
 The U.S. Department of State updated its travel warnings and advisories pertaining to Mexico on August 22, 2017.   These travel warnings and advisories are issued regularly for more than 100 countries around the world and contain specific information to aid travelers abroad. 
 
2. I heard that the warning now includes Los Cabos and Cancun, is that the case? 
 
 While the U.S. State Department Travel Warnings note that there are incidents of violence in Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo, home to Los Cabos and Cancun respectively, there is no cause for increased concern.   The overwhelming majority of those incidents have taken place in locations not frequented by international tourists (such as inner-city areas or private properties) and incidents such as these are rare in the popular tourist areas. 
 
3. Are you saying I shouldn’t travel to Cancun and Los Cabos?  
 
 No. Incidents such as these are extremely rare among the 35 million international tourists who visit Mexico, the 8th most visited country in the world, each year.  The Mexican government and entire tourism industry have a long-standing program in place to ensure proactive measures are taken to avoid violent incidents in areas frequented by international tourists.   Cancun and Los Cabos are two incredible beach destinations with incomparable megabiodiversity, unique accommodations, and endless activities.   International visitors to Mexico have increased by more than 9% in 2017, when comparing the same period between January and July of the previous year. So far in 2017, Mexico’s visitors from the U.S. have increased by 9.6% (6.2 million visitors).  We look forward to hosting millions of tourists, including you, in the coming months and holiday season. 
 
4. Is Mexico still safe? I’ve always traveled there.  
 
 Yes. Mexico welcomes more than 35 million international tourists each year, and the entire Mexican government and tourism industry work tirelessly to ensure the safety of all our visitors so they have great experiences.   In 2016, Mexico was ranked by the United Nations World Tourism Organization as the 8th most visited country in the world.   Overall, international visitors to Mexico have increased by more than 9% in 2017, when comparing the same period between January and July of the previous year, and we look forward to hosting millions of tourists, including you, in the coming months and holiday season. 
 
 
5. I would still like to cancel my trip to Mexico. 
 
 We would invite you to reconsider. Mexico is currently the 8th most visited country in the world and the destination you are visiting is one of the most beautiful in the country and has so much to offer.  We know you’ll have a fantastic vacation with memories that will last a lifetime. 
 
6. How will I know we’ll be okay if something unexpected does happen?  
 
 The Mexican government and entire tourism industry have a long-standing program in place to ensure proactive measures are taken to avoid violent incidents in areas frequented by international tourists.   The tourism industry is committed to providing all travelers with a positive and safe experience during their visit.  
 
7. Do you foresee this affecting businesses? Are hotels empty now?  
 
 Overall, international visitors to Mexico have increased by more than 9% in 2017, between January and July when comparing with the previous year, and we look forward to hosting millions of tourists in the coming months and holiday season. 

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