From October to March, 2018, AMERICAN and international travelers have more than 600,000 seats to the Mexican tourist meccas like Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Cancun (see photo).
This fall is the hurricane season wreaked havoc on the Caribbean, which resulted in billions of dollars in damage and leaving from the tourist hotspots of Puerto Rico, the virgin islands effort to build.
But what about the devastation to the Caribbean would be a boon to Mexico, as a new airline data shows that many AMERICAN travelers have chosen for rebooking of their Caribbean vacations and head south of the border.
From October to March, 2018, AMERICAN and international travelers have more than 1.2 million seats places in the Caribbean, while in the same period they have more than 600,000 seats to the Mexican tourist meccas like Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Cancun, according to the airline data have been analysed by the aviation consultant ICF.
The hump in the seats to Mexico is something of a turnaround in Mexico’s tourism industry, which has suffered from a rash of bad PR of violence related to the country’s ongoing war against drugs is seeped in resort areas.
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Murder rates in both Los Cabos and Cancun have increased tremendously in the past year, with a gunman killing five people at a music festival in January in Playa del Carmen and a gun battle erupting in August on a trendy beach in Los Cabos that left three people dead.
The U.S. State Department, which updated its travel warning in late August, the Americans warned about the risks of going to “certain parts of Mexico as a result of the activities of criminal organisations in those areas.”
The warning stated: “the AMERICAN citizens have become the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and theft in various Mexican states.”
The Mexico Tourism board aim to reach 50 million international visitors by 2021.
Mexico’s drug war, which began in earnest in 2006 when then President Felipe Calderón declared a military attack on the country narcrotraffickers, left at least 200,000 dead.
While the current President Enrique Peña Nieto came to office in 2012 in a time in which violence was on the decline, the bloodshed resumed, and in June, the country saw a record number of murders — the 2,566 murders, victims reported this month that made it the bloodiest since the Mexican government started releasing the data in 2014.
Guzman, 60, was transferred to the United States in January 2017, and pleaded not guilty to charges that he oversaw the drug cartel Sinaloa.
The greatly increased demand for heroin in the United States as a result of the opioid-crisis – cartels are supposed to get better from $19 to $29 billion euros per year from the drug of the V. S. market, and the fragmentation of the large drug trafficking organizations after the arrests or death of their leaders is seen as the main factors for the spike in violence in places such as Cancun and Los Cabos.
The arrest and extradition of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, the United States has an intense power struggle within the Sinaloa Cartel, after the country’s largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization, and is considered to be the main cause of violence along Mexico’s Pacific coast.
Separate factions of the Sinaloa Cartel, along with rising Cartel Jalisco Nuevo Generación, are also known to be active in the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo.
(Fox News Alex Vros)
Despite the spike in violence, both U.S. officials and experts in Mexico’s drug war note that cartel members rarely target tourists directly and deliberately, in addition to a number of surrounding incidents, violent crime tends to be located not in or in the vicinity of the ski resorts.
“Mexico has huge problems with violence for years, but the tourism in the country is quite resilient,” Christopher Wilson, the deputy director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told Fox News.
The hotel association for Cancun and Puerto Morelos is an investment of more than $520,000 for a marketing campaign aimed at increasing the number of American tourists in the region.
Mexico also saw a record 35 million international travelers visited the country last year — a 9 percent jump in comparison with 2015. The Mexico Tourism board aim to reach 50 million international visitors by 2021.
“Despite the warnings by the State Department and the reports of violence,” Wilson said, “the appeal of the destination is strong enough and the threat of violence is small enough that there are still people going to Mexico.”