We reported back in January about a revised travel advisory system unveiled by the U. S. State Department with 4 levels of designation as to the security and risks to travel to various countries. Some countries had different designations within that country. Mexico was one of those countries.
They had a level 2 which advises travelers to “exercise increased caution and be aware of heightened risks to safety and security”. Interestingly, that's the same rating to other popular destinations that Americans frequent like France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Some areas in Mexico have that same level 2 rating such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Mayan Riviera, Tulum, Los Cabos and Mexico City.
An area along the Pacific coast, the state of Jalisco, which includes Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and the area north of Puerto Vallarta like Riviera Nayarit and Nuevo Vallarta are listed as Level 3. That status advises to “reconsider avoiding travel due to serious risks and security”. That's plugged in at that level because of some violent crime and gang activity that has been manifesting in recent days.
There are some level 4 areas of Mexico too, but that is along the northern borders of Mexico near California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Level 4 category is the same level as Iraq, North Korea, Libya and Yemen. In my 42 years, I've never sent anyone on vacation to any of those places, even along the Mexican border.
One of the states that was lumped in the level 4 category was the state of Guerrero. Located in that state is Acapulco, Ixtapa, and Zihuatenejo. The states secretary of tourism, Ernesto Rodriguez Escalona had an understandable response to the State Department's ratings for his area. He said, “we have always been respectful of the need for the State Department to advise its citizens on precautions when traveling abroad, but we consider this advisory to be inexact and alarmist, and not a characterization of the real situation at Guerrero's tourist destinations”. He said that tourism to the state grew by 40% in 2017 over the year before. The port of Acapulco saw a 78% increase in cruise arrivals in 2017 and that a couple of cruise lines are designating Acapulco as their “home port”.
You can be sure that attention to security in those tourist destinations is getting plenty of scrutiny. The money brought in by not only the U. S. market but also other international visitors makes the Mexican treasury a lot of money, and the slightest bit of negative publicity creates serious impact.
The travel agents at The Travel Factory confidently sell the destinations around Cancun, Cozumel, and the Mayan Riviera. Many clients have returned with very positive comments regarding security and service. We have also been there many times without problems and consider this a great destination because of the proximity to DFW.....just a quick 2 hours and 15 minutes and you're there!!
Neither have we had clients who have gone to Puerto Vallara return with negative stories. Of course, most of our recommendations are for the area north of Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit. There are some very nice 5-star properties there and the golf courses in the area are fantastic.....and expensive!!
We sell Mexico, but not all of Mexico. We know where not to go and certainly would not want there to be any security concern for our clients who we live with, so give us a call today and secure a wonderful all-inclusive vacation for you and your family. We can be reached at 698-1421 or our office is at 4150 Southwest Drive. Let us help you manufacture the vacation of your dreams at The Travel Factory.