On August 27, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning, advising Americans to delay unnecessary travel to Mexico’s Michoacán, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Durango, and Coahuila. Despite the State Department’s warning, American and international vacationers are still scheduling trips to Mexico. In fact, according to the Mexico Tourism Board, this June, there was a 35 percent increase in travel (by plane) to Mexican tourist locations.
‘Two of the reasons Mexico remains popular are value and convenience,’ said Genevieve Shaw Brown of Travelocity. ‘There are direct flights to Mexico’s major tourist destinations from nearly every major city in the U.S. That competition among airlines helps to keep pricing down. Average international airfare from the U.S. this fall is $769 round trip as compared to airfare from the U.S. to Mexico at $443 round trip.”
So despite incidences like last week’s grenade explosion in Puerto Vallarta, in which 16 people were injured, Mexico’s tourism seems to be steady if not booming.