Mexico's violence doesn't scare off tourists | Seattle Times Newspaper

In a surprising turnabout, international tourism to Mexico showed a sharp increase this summer — a sign that tourists may be putting aside worries about the economy and fears of drug-related violence, analysts say.

Foreign visitors arriving by air to Mexico jumped to 7.1 million in the first eight months of the year — up nearly 20 percent from the same period in 2009 — with most visitors coming from the U.S. and Canada, according to Mexican tourism officials.

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  1. Esteban says:

    What should be scaring off tourists to go anywhere is the vast billions of their hard earned tax dollars that have been flushed down the toilet in the name of the DEA. It’s been more than a forty year old failed response to control the drug world. Not only have they failed at what they set out to do, they’ve also increased the violence with their stupid tactics.

    We all know that the violence is nothing more than a war between the various drug factions including our own agencies, Mexican “authorities” and all the rest of those who choose to make money off of a drug hungry American culture. I wouldn’t be surprised if Air America was still running cocaine out of Panama.

    Of course, as usual, the further away from the border you are the more likely it will be that you won’t understand the problem. It’s the old sound bite bullshit that you see throughout the American media. It’s good to see not everyone falls for the propaganda.

  2. Joanna says:

    How refreshing to read something written by a cooler head. I promote “Mexico Defense” on my blog and I hope it has helped somewhat. Yes tourism is coming back a bit but the damage to the industry is going to take a long time to repair. Nonetheless… Mexico has been down and out for the count on countless other occasions. The true milagro mexicano is that the people manage to stay motivated and at the first opportunity, they pull themselves up again.

  3. jeffrey O'Brien says:

    I was in Monterrey for two weeks this Dec. Before that I was there for ten days last July, ten days the Dec before that and two weeks the July before that. We traveled day and night, all over the city, including the basilica where the guidebooks say not to go – ever. Took in small towns all around, by car and by bus, from Mty to Real de Catorce and several in between. Met only wonderful people and had great experiences.

  4. Jeffrey O'Brien says:

    Mexico’s violence should concern you, not scare you. Do your research and stay safe and consider these numbers

  5. "Cabo Bob" says:

    Excuse me… you have a dozen deaths in 6 years and that makes a country dangerous? How many foreigners die in Canada every year?

    Look at these “concern” casualties a little closer, man. Auto hit and run. Fell off a balcony! Those fiendish narcos!

    Get some perspective.

    Here’s a time-proven rule of thumb. In Mexico your possessions are less safe than in the US and require more vigilance. Your physical person is much safer. The odds of you being mugged or raped or killed there are lower than in the USA by an order or magnitude.