Insecurity drives tourists away from Mexico

The problems of insecurity that persist in Manzanillo and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and Cancun, which has also been affected by the issue of sargassum, have caused these three destinations to lead declines in hotel occupancy.

Of the 24 tourist centers that report to the Sectur, 14 of these registered contractions in their average occupations in the first quarter. Image: Flickr
Of the 24 tourist centers that report to the Sectur, 14 of these registered contractions in their average occupations in the first quarter. Image: Flickr

Manzanillo reported in the first quarter the fall of 8.1 percentage points in its average occupation, which stood at 43.6 percent, according to data from the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur). In the west, the tourist binomial, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, reported a decrease from 6.7 to 61.4 percent in the first third of the year. The largest tourist destination in the country, Cancun, reduced the full of hotels 5.3 percent.

Specialists justify the decrease due to a lower capacity to travel by national tourists, due to insecurity and in the case of Cancun, due to the arrival of sargassum on the beaches.

"In that sense, we are concerned about the results we see in some tourist destinations. There are others where tourism is growing, but in general, the results are bad," said Jorge Hernandez, president of the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV).

Of the 24 tourist centers that report to the Sectur, 14 of these registered contractions in their average occupations in the first four months and 10 reported advances, but between 0.2 and 3.1 percentage points, except for the case of the Corredor de los Cabos Zone, which had an increase of 9.3 percent.

HOTEL CAPACITY

The expansion of hotel infrastructure in beach resorts is not an optimistic indicator either. The sun and sea destinations reported a 0.5 percent increase in rooms, only 933 more rooms, from December 2018 to the last day of last April. When on the same date last year the offer of rooms had grown 6.7 percent, 11 thousand 636 more keys.

For David Rebolledo, founder of G&R Hub, the agency in consultancy and marketing specializing in the travel industry, it will be a challenge for hoteliers to invest in the country, because if existing establishments stop filling, "the new ones will have their return from investment".

By Mexicanist Source: Ministry of Tourism

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Germany warns travelers of risk of insecurity in Mexico

05/05/2019

The assaults, kidnappings and armed confrontations on public roads were the main warnings that the Government of Germany made to its inhabitants who wish to travel to Mexico.

The German Foreign Ministry yesterday listed 16 of 32 entities in the country for their problems of insecurity, including Sinaloa excluding Mazatlan, the Golden Zone, and historic center, as well as Los Mochis.

In the text "Mexico: information on travel and security", the German Foreign Ministry yesterday listed 16 of 32 entities in the country for their problems of insecurity.

"The security situation in many parts of Mexico is constantly getting worse," argued in section two. Increasing and widespread violent crimes are common, but there are also more and more robberies, kidnappings, homicides, and acts of revenge related to organized crime in central locations and during the day, but especially at night."

Among the places that were exhorted not to travel, and in case of doing so the minimum time, are the states of Tamaulipas, Sinaloa (excluding Mazatlan, Zona Dorada, and historic center, as well as Los Mochis), Colima (except Manzanillo) and Guerrero (except Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo).

Also, travelers were advised to take special care when traveling by land in Guanajuato, Puebla, Veracruz, and places such as the commercial area of ​​Tepito, Colonia Doctores, Venustiano Carranza City Hall, Gustavo A. Madero and Iztapalapa, all in the Mexico City.

Regarding the State of Mexico, it was emphasized that in spite of bordering the capital of the country it also has a high level of delinquency in its sectors.

"Police forces or uniformed security personnel or criminals posing as such may, at first, be involved in criminal offenses."

In the same section, it was described that in their journey they could witness clashes between security forces and organized crime in cities such as Tijuana (Baja California), Acapulco (Guerrero), Ciudad Victoria (Tamaulipas), Cd. Juárez (Chihuahua), Irapuato ( Guanajuato) and Cancún (Quintana Roo).

Also in Culiacán (Sinaloa), Uruapan (Michoacán), Obregon (Sonora), Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz), Celaya (Guanajuato), Ensenada (Baja California), Tepic (Nayarit) and Reynosa (Tamaulipas).

Travel alert

Main crimes of which Germany warns its citizens when traveling to Mexico are:

Homicide

Assaults

Robbery

Kidnappings

Armed confrontations

Source https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/aussenpolitik/laender/mexiko-node/mexikosicherheit/213648