Mexico may drop out of top 10 tourist destinations

There are 16 comments on the Mar 23, 2013, Philly.com story titled Mexico may drop out of top 10 tourist destinations. In it, Philly.com reports that:

In this Jan. 4, 2013 file photo, a woman walks along the beach in Tulum, Mexico.

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Concerned

Chihuahua, Mexico

#25 Apr 8, 2013
You have got to be a time share salesman.

“Facts”

Since: May 08

Mexico

#26 Apr 8, 2013
Concerned wrote:
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There are problems. You just do not hear about them or read about them because they are not reported. 91.8 percent of the crimes here in Mexico are not reported. My brother wanted to report a crime purpetrated against him in Mazatlan but the people and everyone agreed it would do no good. Even the guy they are sure stole money from at the hotel had a shit eaten grin on his face as he knew nothing would happen.
My friend was just here South of Chihuahua in the Sierras and he was stopped at a Narco roadblock with 15 people that had AK-47's. Fortunately there were just detained, threatened with their lives and told they could not use their satellite phones or they would be killed. The people they met at the Hotel had the Narco's come into their hotel and them not to use their satellite cells or they would be killed. They were lucky not to be robbed like I know of several people that have. I personally know people that have been robbed of everything they had on there drives to Puerto Vallarta. One happened in Sonora, one near Hermosillo, one near Mazatlan and and several others I can not think of right now. But it was in route to their final destination of Puerto Vallarta. I have been traveling to Mexico and doing research here all my life. I can tell you many stories. Maybe they did not happen in Puerto Vallarta, but they happened on the way. At least they were not killed. This stuff does happen all the time. My wives friends have had it happen driving to Mazatlan. You read about it happening on the roads all the time. Even buses are stopped and Mexican people pulled off and robbed and killed in other areas. Some were Mexican American citizens. It is not all roses because it has not happened to you yet. It has happened to me. But I go knowing it can happen. But I like to think it will not.
Wrong again..........

Google Americans shot in Vallarta
Canadians shot in Vallarta
Robbed on a bus.

If Americans or Canadians are robbed or shot it will be reported........
It will also hit Facebook

Bottom line there is no more crime driving from the border to here than in the USA.......

I routinely help out a friend that imports cars here.........My last trip I drove down in a 2003 hummer towing a trailer with three more cars on it....

I love the drive and do it as often as once a month...

“Facts”

Since: May 08

Mexico

#27 Apr 8, 2013
Concerned wrote:
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Guarantee you they have security just like they do in the USA also. Carlos Slim travels with a small army. He is not dumb.
Google lady ga ga surfs Vallarta.......

Plenty of pictures of her on the beach with no security.......

She even went into a few schools and played music in classrooms.

“Facts”

Since: May 08

Mexico

#28 Apr 8, 2013
Concerned wrote:
You have got to be a time share salesman.
retired many years ago.......
Concerned

Chihuahua, Mexico

#29 Apr 8, 2013
Concerned wrote:
You have got to be a time share salesman.
I live here and I would not advise a relative to make the drive. I would but I do not worry as much. I also speak Spanish which helps. I would tell them to fly. Puerto Vallarta is very safe. But it could turn into an Acapulco. You just never know. I am sure everyone thought Monterrey would never turn into a dangerous city.

The road from Nogales to Puarto Vallarta in a major drug route.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/driving-m...

Some highways you do not drive and many tourists do not which are the safe ones. They are also very dangerous as many are two lane and very narrow with no safety lanes to swerve to the right on if a car comes into your lane. In fact many cars roll because the sides of the roads are steeply graded away from the road. Happen to my brother-in-law just outside of Puerto Vallarta. A car came in his lane around a curve and he had to go right where these was no lane to move into. He rolled his car and crashed into a tree. They nearly both died there. I drive down the middle of the road because there are many loose cattle and horses that enter on to the roads, but only in areas that I can see into the distance. I see way more horrific accidents in Mexico. You need to be a bit aggressive and very alert. I do not recommend driving long distances in Mexico. Do not drive at night period. There is no good lighting in most areas of Mexico. Construction areas can sometimes be dangerous because they are not well marked for safety. Sometimes it is just a single guy waiving a flag and no comes or markers. Sometimes nothing warning you until you are right on it. Fly if you are going to go. Many parts of the highways have no signs to tell you where you are going and it is easy to get lost even with a map. The toll roads are great but can get a little expensive.

“Facts”

Since: May 08

Mexico

#30 Apr 8, 2013
Concerned wrote:
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I live here and I would not advise a relative to make the drive. I would but I do not worry as much. I also speak Spanish which helps. I would tell them to fly. Puerto Vallarta is very safe. But it could turn into an Acapulco. You just never know. I am sure everyone thought Monterrey would never turn into a dangerous city.
The road from Nogales to Puarto Vallarta in a major drug route.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/driving-m...
Some highways you do not drive and many tourists do not which are the safe ones. They are also very dangerous as many are two lane and very narrow with no safety lanes to swerve to the right on if a car comes into your lane. In fact many cars roll because the sides of the roads are steeply graded away from the road. Happen to my brother-in-law just outside of Puerto Vallarta. A car came in his lane around a curve and he had to go right where these was no lane to move into. He rolled his car and crashed into a tree. They nearly both died there. I drive down the middle of the road because there are many loose cattle and horses that enter on to the roads, but only in areas that I can see into the distance. I see way more horrific accidents in Mexico. You need to be a bit aggressive and very alert. I do not recommend driving long distances in Mexico. Do not drive at night period. There is no good lighting in most areas of Mexico. Construction areas can sometimes be dangerous because they are not well marked for safety. Sometimes it is just a single guy waiving a flag and no comes or markers. Sometimes nothing warning you until you are right on it. Fly if you are going to go. Many parts of the highways have no signs to tell you where you are going and it is easy to get lost even with a map. The toll roads are great but can get a little expensive.
over 200k people make the drive twice a year from just Vallarta and GD......

And it is rare to hear of a problem.......

I have lived here off and on starting in the 80s and have traveled every state in Mexico.

How many Americans or Canadians can you find bloging about having troubles????
Sandy

Miami, FL

#31 Apr 12, 2013
pinchejuan wrote:
Well, at least you haters continue to prove your ignorance. And the huge advantage to your xenophobic stupidity is that those who know the truth about Mexico don't have to put up with your ugliness while we are there.
You can not deny that the corruption in Mexixo from politicos, officials, police is just staggering.

A friend of mine here does business there and you can grease anyone's palm to bypass any law.
Sandy

Miami, FL

#32 Apr 12, 2013
Concerned wrote:
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Guarantee you they have security just like they do in the USA also. Carlos Slim travels with a small army. He is not dumb.
Even American businessmen who go there have serious security and make sure the local police dept is taken care of.

Iraq will have an ethical gvmt before Mexico which means Mexico will always be run by corruption.
Sandy

Miami, FL

#33 Apr 12, 2013
Concerned wrote:
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Guarantee you they have security just like they do in the USA also. Carlos Slim travels with a small army. He is not dumb.
The enemy of the law abiding Mexican people are their politicos and officials.
The Advocate

Mexico, Mexico

#36 Apr 28, 2013
I wonder about this thread... there may be violence here, but since tourism is a major source of revenue it's also one of the most heavily guarded businesses in the country...I wonder why many didn't think of that before.
Mexico is great

Anonymous Proxy

#38 Nov 18, 2013
For every murder or robbery here in Mexico i can find the same in the USA so stop with the hate and read a book. Maybe if you go looking for trouble you can find it any place on earth. I live in Cancun and have never had a problem plus i don't go to places looking for things that get you put in jail. There is not one country that can say they are better than the next or talk bad about another. People are the problem remember there are no borders just fake lines to keep the cattle in there place and talking bad about things and not talking about fixing them.
NO COUNTRY IS A GOD SEND ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU READ A HISTORY BOOK THAT IS UNBIASED.
Sirius

Querétaro, Mexico

#40 Nov 22, 2013
In this thing of international tourism Mexico should be compared with countries of its league, namely the American countries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Tourism_ra...

Look at the list for the Americas. Mexico is second, and the third place is somehow far... and the others, very far.
Sirius

Querétaro, Mexico

#41 Nov 22, 2013
Although with this I say I violate what I put in the former post, Mexico still receives almost 3 times more visitors than Japan and 4 more than India.

Not bad for a "failed state", isn't it?
Julia

Adelaide, Australia

#42 May 13, 2014
Why would anyone want to go to Mexico? Because it is an amazing place full of culture, laughter and beautiful people despite the poverty, crime and violence - I have been to Mexico and will go to live there by the end of this year. I am not Mexican - I am Australian.
Go Le Doggie Baron Go

Amsterdam, Netherlands

#43 May 13, 2014
Julia wrote:
Why would anyone want to go to Mexico? Because it is an amazing place full of culture, laughter and beautiful people despite the poverty, crime and violence - I have been to Mexico and will go to live there by the end of this year. I am not Mexican - I am Australian.
Is that you, Ade?
Sirius

Querétaro, Mexico

#44 May 13, 2014
Why would anyone want to go to Mexico? Because it is an amazing place full of culture, laughter and beautiful people despite the poverty, crime and violence - I have been to Mexico and will go to live there by the end of this year. I am not Mexican - I am Australian.
Thanks for your nice words, I hope you will find here many good things and experiencies.
Now, regarding the theme of crime and violence... I have to say that if I were an unexperienced and unaware person of Europe, Africa or Asia (or even South America), seen the avalanche of hate that is poured on this fórum, I would simply believe that Mexico is worst than, say, Sierra Leone or some other deep troubled country.

Even in South America, many people think (because they want) that we are far worst in MOST aspects than, say, Cuba, Haití, or Nicaragua. It is a simple as that , those who want, will buy any disinformation and propaganda regarding other unknown countries.

You wouldn't believe then, than for example in Mexico almost 1 million US citizens have come to live in the last decades. I think that there are more US citizens living here as expatriates, as in the whole Western Europe... even with the negative propaganda against us that their media give them avery day.

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My point of view continues to be, that Mexico should be compared not with Austria or Russia, but with other American countries.

- Mexico is the second most visited contry in the American continent.
- It receives as much tourism as the rest of Latin America combined.
- And even so, we do not depend from tourism to live, or the export of raw materials.... 80% of Mexican income comes from expore of manufacturing...
-(Even when people in this forum will swear that Mexico lives from drug trafficking).

What else is left to say?

That Mexico will be again among the 10 tourist destinations again. We are working for that.

Thanks.

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