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By: Tom Brussow

Owner, Sunsational Beach Vacations

YES! We do indeed love Mexico and there are a million reasons why...the beaches and turquoise ocean, the amazing all-inclusive resorts, the excursions, tours, the food, the Don Julio, golf, the Mexican culture and history and the warm hospitality of the Mexican people just to name a few. 

Then, there is the VERY long list of amazing people we have come to know in Mexico and consider cherished friends and colleagues.

Lately though, it is not easy to miss all of the media coverage related to travel to Mexico including the updated travel warning that has been issued.  Overall however, this is not really all that new as stories related to this have been in the news for many years now.  

It seems like the media just loves bad stories about our neighbors to the south as they seem to generate high levels of consumer interest, lots of web page clicks, and often serve to portray tourism to Mexico and the Mexican people in an unfairly negative light. I'm not saying these stories all fall under the category of "fake news" but they surely seem to be overly sensationalized, generalized and one-sided.

The recent U.S. State Department Travel warnings pertain specifically to isolated incidents of violence taking place in locations not frequented by international tourists. Incidents of this are extremely rare in popular tourist areas and even more so within the resort complexes. The Mexican government and Mexican tourism board have long-standing practices in place to prevent any disruption in tourist areas. They also support strict guidelines and a strong commitment to the highest standards of excellence within their hospitality industry.

So, should you be concerned about going on vacation to Mexico?

Read all the various reviews and stories and chances are you'll find something that reinforces your fears or concerns. There are certainly documented cases of crime as this occurs in every city. There are also anecdotal stories or accusations where all the facts aren't really known or where things are unproven.  

I consider all of the available information but the best advise I can give clients is to first draw upon their own and other "real life" personal experiences of friends, neighbors and a professional travel consultant vs. what they see in their news feeds. 

For example, here is a recap of my own personal experience: 

- Over 50 visits to Mexico in the last 15 years with two more trips planned for this fall

- More than 5,000 clients booked for travel to Mexico over the past 7 years

- More than 70 Destination Wedding and other groups traveled to Mexico over the past seven years

With all of this exposure, take a guess as to how many times I have personally felt unsafe in any way or received reports back from our clients expressing any concerns about their safety? The answer...ZERO!

And for me, I have been to destinations all over the country at resorts big and small, on many tours and excursions to remote areas, countless cab rides and bus rides, local bars and night clubs, and even late night street tacos in various Mexican neighborhoods.

So very much to the contrary, my experience and my firm belief is that the people of Mexico are without a doubt among the friendliest, most gracious, hard working, honest, and amazing people I have had the pleasure to meet. 

Above all, they are focused on providing the best possible service and experience for their guests fully realizing that tourism is the lifeblood of their economy. They frequently express their gratitude for American tourists who they feel are responsible for the highly valued job that allows them to provide for and help ensure their families can have a better life. My friend and highly accomplished Mexican business owner, Senor Jose Luis Martinez is so passionate about this that he has brought me to tears on more than one occasion listening to him speak about how the people of his country have been so positively impacted by American tourism. 

THESE are the kind of people you are bound to encounter in your trip to Mexico. Is it ever their aim or in their best interest to harm you in any way? Absolutely not!

Are there bad elements in Mexico? Of course there are! There are people with bad intentions in every city or town including the one you live in every day. Consider that according to recent crime and safety statistics, major tourist locations in Cancun, Riviera Maya, and others throughout Mexico rank far better than a significant number of major U.S cities. So the argument could be made that comparatively you are much safer in your gated and guarded all-inclusive resort complex sipping a Pina Colada on a chaise lounger than you are at home!

 Other Important Statistics to Consider: 

 Mexico hosts more than 35 million international visitors a year 

 In 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 

 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

With all that said, it is normal and understandable to ask questions and seek out more and better information as you consider your vacations plans. As professional travel agents, we field a variety of questions and we are here to help you to plan and purchase a safe, fun, and memorable vacation. In accomplishing that, we consider a number of factors in our recommendations...quality, value, price, experience, service, and yes safety. With all that in mind, we have no hesitation in recommending one of the many beautiful and amazing destinations that Mexico has to offer.

When travelling to Mexico, you should take the normal precautions as you would travelling anywhere else in the world. Be wary of the people and conditions around you. Travel together with others especially late at night or in unpopulated areas. Also, there is a safe in every room for your valuables...use it!

A vital part of staying safe is keeping your wits about you, so be cautious about over indulging in alcohol, and avoid recreational drugs, which, despite what you may have heard, are illegal in Mexico. Take into account the intensity of the sun, the heat, and your physical need for the proper sleep and nutrition. 

In addition, we always recommend the purchase of trip insurance.

With this and all the measures taken by the resorts, the local community and the great people of Mexico, you should expect to have a wonderful vacation as we planned!


Want some additional information? Here are some helpful links:

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/travel/mexico-cancun-safety.html

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/mexico/planning-a-trip/staying-safe


Finally, in the aftermath of the Mexico City earthquake, right now the people of Mexico need our help. Learn more about what you can do:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/mexico-earthquake-how-help-victims-recovery-efforts-n803436

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What Do Our Clients Have to Say? Here's Some Feedback We Recently Received:

Destination: Riviera Maya, MX
Resort: Secrets Silversands

We had such a great time at the Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun. I also was very happy that I got to work with you to coordinate the group travel event for us and all of our guests. You were super nice, always helpful, and willing to listen to all of my questions! I always felt like you were available to talk and discuss things and followed up with responses to my questions very rapidly. I had positive feedback from my guests that you were very nice and easy to work with. I would certainly work with you again on travel arrangements!

Destination: Punta Cana
Resort: Breathless

We all had an AMAZING time at Breathless! The hotel was great, food was actually a lot better than I expected, drinks and staff were awesome as well. I think how lively the resort was worked out perfect for all ten of us who wanted to party and celebrate the boys’ 30th birthday. We were very satisfied with your recommendation and will certainly be using you in the future for our next vacation.

Thanks again for all of your help!—I wish we were still on the beach!

Destination: Riviera Maya, MX
Resort: El Dorado Casitas Royale, By Karisma

Tom,
What an amazing trip you planned for us. It was everything we wanted and more!!! The hotel was amazing, the food was spectacular, and the service was impeccable. We truly lived like royalty. Makes coming back to the real world quite a bummer. We've already begun telling people about the property and referring them to contact you.
We would love to look into a trip around the same time next year.
Again, thank you for making this trip so fantastic and easy to put together.

Nothing but smiles here and we are 1000% (that's not a typo ) satisfied with you and everything involved with the trip.

Thanks again!!

Chris and Angela
Dallas, TX

Destination: Punta Cana, DR
Resort: Hard Rock Resort & Casino

"My husband and I decided to get married in Mexico at Iberostar Grand over Labor Day weekend. It was a large destination wedding as we had 130 guests traveling. Tom and his group did a phenomenal job of coordinating everyone's accommodations, travel plans and transportation. As far as I know, there was not one guest that had any difficulty with their trip. Everyone arrived safely and on time! Tom made himself available for discussion at all hours throughout the planning process and was never difficult to reach. He was extremely knowledgable about the area we were traveling to and worked with the people at Iberostar to provide all of our guests with the getaway they deserved. We will use Tom over and over again for our future group travels and recommend him to anyone getting married :)"

Kristin & Rob
Iberostar Grand
Riviera Maya, Mexico
September 2014


"Tom helped us book our engagement trip. We then needed to discuss wedding stuff. After much debate and family discussions, Deanna and I decided to do a destination wedding in Mexico, and decided that we had such success with Tom helping just us two, that we would love to use him again. He was extremely helpful in getting everything organized for us. From helping friends and relatives book flights, nights stays, discount programs, transfers to and from the airport and working in close connection with Apple to make sure everybody arrived safe and sound. To say that we were beyond happy and pleased would be an understatement. EVERYTHING was perfect, flawless and extremely stress free. Deanna and I want to thank Tom for everything to make our trips so wonderful!!! He has been a part of our engagement, wedding/honeymoon and hopefully trips here in the near future. I highly recommend using his services."

Deanna & Joe
Secrets Silversands
Riviera Maya
March 2014


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