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Friday, March 13, 2009

Travel Industry Executives: Getting the Facts Straight About the Mexico Travel Alert

"The U.S. Department of State's Mexico Travel Alert has been broadly misinterpreted. The misinterpretation of the alert, not the actual violence in U.S./Mexico border towns, is what is affecting tourism to Mexico," said Mike Going President of Funjet Vacations during yesterday's discussion. "The intent of the alert is to advise travelers to use common sense precautions when in Mexico; it does not discourage people from vacationing in the destination." The U.S. State Department reassured on Friday, March 6, 2009, that despite previous warnings of Mexico's ongoing drug violence, much of the country remains unscathed by running battles between security forces and rival drug cartels. Spokesman Gordon Duguid said violent activities are relatively confined. "We notice that many of the violent activities are localized in several different places. They are not general across the north of Mexico, let alone through... the entire country," he said.

The panelists agreed that the concentration of violence in Mexico is hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of miles from main tourist destinations and that Mexico continues to be a fun, safe and amazing place to go on vacation.