Mexico Tourism May Be Making a Comeback

Categories: Mexico
Mexico_Tourism.jpg
Andreas Lehner via Flickr


Arizonans appear to be helping Mexican tourism make a comeback.

After tourism plunged in 2009, American traveler rates to Mexico have been steadily climbing each year. But local travel agencies are noticing a significant increase recently in the number of people traveling south of the border.

See also:
-2011: Fear Is Killing Tourism in Rocky Point, Mexico

"We have a lot more requests from people interested in going to Mexico," Paul Seifert, owner of Terra Travel in Mesa and Phoenix, says. "Is [the Mexican tourism industry] better than it was? No, but there's less resistance than there was two years ago."

George Loftin of Carefree Travel Agency in Scottsdale has also seen more interest in Mexican tourism.

"It's absolutely going up," Loftin says. "I think people have decided that Mexico seemed to have calmed down a bit, that there's not as much trouble."

Millions of people travel to Mexico every year, and most are able to sip margaritas on the beach without so much as batting an eye. But the U.S. Department of State continues to issue warnings, most recently in January, about the dangers of traveling in crime-ridden areas. Although no advisory warning are issued for many popular tourist spots like Cancun and Playa del Carmen, the Department continues to issue warnings throughout Sonora, including Puerto Peñasco (also known as Rocky Point).

The report cites a December 2013 gun fight in Puerto Peñasco between Mexican authorities and a crime organization, and advises travelers to stay on the main roads and refrain from driving at night.

"U.S. citizens visiting Puerto Peñasco should remain vigilant, and exercise caution," the report says.

But as fewer crime stories appear on the news, Arizonans may be feeling more and more comfortable traveling to Mexico.

"Two years ago, somebody would walk in and ask us where we recommended they go. And if we said Mexico, they'd say, 'Oh, not Mexico.' We don't see that as much anymore," Seifert said.

Follow Valley Fever on Twitter at @ValleyFeverPHX.


My Voice Nation Help
20 comments
robert_graham
robert_graham

Only if you are well armed and not afraid to return fire. LOL!

Pete Diaz
Pete Diaz

Got to check out Lexus in Rocky point!!

Dustin Agahi
Dustin Agahi

Mexicans and Mexico kind of ruined their reputation..Sooo..

DNichols
DNichols

There are only four directions to leave Arizona the (Desert Racist Wasteland,) and Mexico has beautiful freindly beaches.

AzNtv1
AzNtv1

The gunfight in December 2013 involved the Mexican Military and Police pursuing and confronting a Cartel Boss and his thugs. Isn't that exactly what the authorities should be doing?? Violence? Does anyone pay attention to what happens daily here in Maricopa County? Not one single American has been killed in Rocky Point in recent history... on the contrary, thousand of Americans come back thru the Lukeville US Customs Port of Entry with only great memories. Do what you want, but I don't let fear run my life.

Abel Baker
Abel Baker

The gunfight in December 2013 involved the Mexican Military and Police pursuing and confronting a Cartel Boss and his thugs. Isn't that exactly what the authorities should be doing?? Violence? Does anyone pay attention to what happens daily here in Maricopa County? Not one single American has been killed in Rocky Point in recent history... on the contrary, thousand of Americans come back thru the Lukeville US Customs Port of Entry with only great memories. Do what you want, but I don't let fear run my life.

Bruce Hernandez
Bruce Hernandez

Thank u, Phx is way more dangerous than Rocky Point. Pls, such hypocrisy. Just admit your too chicken to go to Mexico and instead want to pretend Havasu is Cancun lol

D.j. OG
D.j. OG

That's funny ! I value my life hahah, what about here in the u.s movie theaters, schools and malls car accidents etc etc

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

It is probably more dangerous now than it has ever been.  It doesn't seem so because people have been desensitized to it for such a long time.  If you are a single woman or an elderly couple and walk around at all, chances are fairly good you will be accosted at any of the  tourist destinations.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't go.  Just be aware of your surroundings and take necessary precautions.   

azweasel
azweasel

Pull your head out of your ass whistle dick. I have been going to rocky point fot many years and never had a problem. You have a greater chance of getting killed right here in the great hate state of arizona.

DNichols
DNichols

@fishingblues

Nice Child Porn for your avatar, and Mexico is safer than a trip to a Phoenix Walmart lately.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@azweasel  Damn, not too bright are you?  I believe the by-line was Mexico tourism not Rocky Point tourism.  I've been to many places in Mexico, but my recent experiences are from my yearly trips to Mazatlan (for bass fishing) and Zihuatanejo.    

But thanks for your moronic comment.  It was very enlightening.  However, not on the subject matter but on your very narrow perspective and limited ability to express it.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DNichols  Another twisted fuck that sees porn every time he/she/it sees a child.  We need to exterminate you sick fucks.   

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DNichols  If your sensibilities are that tender, I would suggest you find another location to troll for baby porn, you sick piece  of shit.   

DNichols
DNichols

@Fishingforchildporn

Nice language?

Seek help?

Now Trending

Phoenix Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...