These warnings are simply fear-mongering. Yes, there are dangerous areas, but they're nowhere near the tourist areas. New Orleans and several other US cities have far higher murder rates than most of Mexico. The murders in New Orleans, etc, don't target tourists, but neither do the vast majority of problems in Mexico. Obviously I have no issues with going to Mexico.
Here's the first few paragraphs of an article in a magazine for travel agents, posted this morning:
"Bad press. Travel warnings. And even the Texas Department of Public Safety has urged Spring Breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico as a result of continued violence throughout the country.
But with all its ongoing image problems that never seem to stop, Mexico has historically been the top foreign country visited by Americans for more than two decades.
And despite all, thatâs expected to continue this year.
Not much more than a decade ago Mexico welcomed 16 million Americans. In 2010, that number reached 20 million, according to the US Department of Commerce.
The Mexico Tourism Board estimates that 52 million domestic and international tourists will visit the southeastern part of the country in 2012.
There are at least two major reasons why tourism continues to grow there.
One is that Mexico has promoted visitors from emerging markets. And aggressive public relations campaigns have also helped counter the perception that Mexico is unsafe."
The problem with public perception of the "dangers of Mexico" is that the media constantly harps on the horrors and evils, while standing in front of pictures/video of Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, etc. The visuals that people immediately associate with vacations in Mexico are being associated with crimes that don't happen in resort areas...Mazatlan issues not included.
I agree completely. The main thing is to USE YOUR HEAD! I know people like to explore, but don't go into areas that could be dangerous. Stay in the tourist areas, Even in Cozumel, you see armed guards walking around.
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