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Mexico Maintains Its Luster Despite Storms and Travel Warnings

Here is an excerpt from an interesting article from Travel Agent Central. An interesting read:

“The cold weather has already started in some places in the U.S. and Canada, which is where we get ninety percent of our business. We’re at ninety percent occupancy for both properties in November and December,” said Berdegué.
He adds, “There has been a lot of news about hurricanes in the Caribbean and earthquakes in Mexico. But, customers are really getting savvy. They know what’s important. They know that Mexico offers a place to disconnect, and that’s really what they want right now. There are so many things to see here, from the Mayan ruins to the beautiful reefs in the sea. They know the value of what Mexico has to offer,” said Berdegué.
Indeed. Mexico’s value — in the monetary sense — is in the news these days.
The Mexican peso is at its lowest point against the U.S. dollar in eight months. Jitters about trade talks and the future of NAFTA are blamed for the decline. But, it’s a win-win situation for the tourism industry.
At the 30th annual Cancun Travel Mart earlier this month, Mexico’s secretary of tourism Enrique de la Madrid shared the latest visitor numbers. To date, Mexico’s foreign visits exceed 26 million. That’s a 12 percent increase over the same period in 2016. Tourism-related goods and services are accounting for increasingly more of Mexico’s GDP, noted de la Madrid.
With a stronger dollar, destinations known for shopping, dining and cultural attractions such as Guadalajara and Mexico City are particularly attractive. Both take on added vibrancy as the holiday season approaches.
Before the September 19 earthquake in Mexico City, tourism officials were promoting the idea of a “long weekend getaway” to the mega-capital. They cited the exchange rate as well as expanded airlift that makes travel to Mexico City easier than ever.
This fall, JetBlue added new flights to Mexico City from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. And, Delta’s joint cooperation agreement with Aeromexico will increase seat capacity to the capital by ten percent by the end of the year.
If clients are still wary of residual earthquake damage, they shouldn’t be.
“Things are very much back to normal,” Antonio del Rosal, co-founder of adventure operator The Muddy Boot, tells Travel Agent. "The reconstruction is underway and now people visit the affected areas more as a way of paying respect and as a badge of honor. Earthquakes left a deep scar, but people have emerged with a new level of empathy for their neighbors and fellow citizens."
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I am glad DF is getting more tourists, as well as other places (like the RM). I find it to be so much more interesting than, say, NYC. I love CDMX as long as I can keep my fear of earthquakes to a minimum. Headed there again, in a month or so for work.
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I am glad DF is getting more tourists, as well as other places (like the RM). I find it to be so much more interesting than, say, NYC. I love CDMX as long as I can keep my fear of earthquakes to a minimum. Headed there again, in a month or so for work.
I have been to Mexico City 5 times in the last year and a half. So much to see and do. Great food choices. I recently read that the Plaza de Armas/Zocolo/Main Plaza, is the second most visited tourist attraction in the world with about 80 million visitors a year. But I can't remember what Numero Uno in the world was .
I even have a CDMX and a Solidaridad drivers licenses now. But I hate to drive in CDMX.....traffic is unbelievable and the drivers are worse than unbelievable!
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I have been to Mexico City 5 times in the last year and a half. So much to see and do. Great food choices. I recently read that the Plaza de Armas/Zocolo/Main Plaza, is the second most visited tourist attraction in the world with about 80 million visitors a year. But I can't remember what Numero Uno in the world was .
I even have a CDMX and a Solidaridad drivers licenses now. But I hate to drive in CDMX.....traffic is unbelievable and the drivers are worse than unbelievable!
WERE going on a road trip this winter, you can drive...
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WERE going on a road trip this winter, you can drive...
Headed back to Guadalajara in February.........by plane
Guess that can't be considered a "road trip".
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The biggest impact on Playa tourism for this season is the fact that due to the Hurricanes, there are so few places to go in the Caribbean. This is a great index of the damage to the islands:

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The biggest impact on Playa tourism for this season is the fact that due to the Hurricanes, there are so few places to go in the Caribbean. This is a great index of the damage to the islands:

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were still feeling the effects of the tropics here in nova scotia still, today we have strong south winds and plus 20c,,we had an amazing fall here, out west the ground is froze and we still have all our windows open

but your right, few places have not been hit this year
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Headed back to Guadalajara in February.........by plane
Guess that can't be considered a "road trip".
maybe me and buffalo will tag along
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