Rebounding from last year’s negative press surrounding health scares and unrest along its border, Mexico emerges as this year’s spring break success story, luring people with travel deals and reclaiming its rank as a top vacation spot.
The Mexican tourist trade has continued its gradual recovery, following an outbreak of swine flu. While visitor numbers remain depressed, figures suggest a recovery is underway.
A US pharmaceutical company has come up with a novel way to get people to participate in trials for a remedy for “holiday tummy”. Intercell is offering up to 900 volunteers free holidays to Mexico or Guatemala - and all they need to do is eat, drink and see if they get sick.
The tourism secretary for the Mexican state of Culiacan has been murdered by gunmen. Antonio Ibarra Salgado and his driver died in an ambush while travelling in the secretary’s official vehicle on the streets of the state capital.
Tourists and residents are returning to Mexico’s Baja California after Hurricane Jimena has passed with less-than-anticipated damage. The storm’s centre missed the peninsula’s tourism heartland on the southern tip, but still brought heavy rain and winds of 100km/h (65mph) as well as widespread flooding.
Mexico City has begun offering tourists free insurance for tourists in a bid to lure back visitors scared by swine flu, which broke out in Mexico in April.
Mexico’shotel industry occupancy dropped more than 50 percent at the end of April and beginning of May, after the outbreak of influenza A (H1N1), or the swine flu, was announced, according to data from STR.
Mexico is set to begin a five-day nationwide shutdown of non-essential businesses in an effort to stem the spread of a new flu strain, as further cases of the disease were confirmed in the US and Europe.
Breaking Travel News interviews Jorge Luis Gonzalez Curi, Minister of Tourism, Campeche, Mexico at World Travel Market 2007 on promoting their unique tourism product.