FACT: With more than 21.5 million international tourists visiting Mexico in 2011, the country expects to receive 22.6 million visitors this year, already receiving a total of 15.2 million tourists from abroad from January to April of this year. This represents a growth of 6.8 percent from last year.
A common misconception about Mexico is that because violence is happening in one location, then it’s happening all across the country. With a country nearly three times the size of Texas, this is clearly false. The trouble is some visitors don’t realize the incredible size of Mexico and the sheer distances between its tourist destinations and other cities.
Area of Incident: Ciudad Juarez, destination Cabo San Lucas ~ 650 Miles apart, like going to Miami from to Atlanta
Area of Incident: Tijuana, destination Puerto Vallarta ~ 1000 miles apart, like going to New York from to Orlando
Area of Incident: Tijuana, destination Cancun ~ 1750 miles apart, like going to Los Angeles from Chicago
The diversity of its areas goes without saying, and supposed widespread violence is really nothing more than a catch phrase.
a) almost all of that violence is narco-related and
b) you can count the number of tourists affected on one hand.
Meanwhile, according to the FBI, “An estimated 15,241 persons were murdered nationwide in 2009″ in the United States of America.
Officially, 111 U.S. citizens were killed in Mexico last year, a third in just two cities. Almost all of them were involved in illicit vocations, usually the trafficking of guns, drugs, or people across the border. This is 111 out of close to 8 million visitors, with nearly 1 million of those being part- or full-time residents choosing Mexico over the U.S. or Canada.
You know who else had 111 murders in one year recently? Boston. And Las Vegas. And Orlando. Are any tourists scared of going to those places?
How’s your city doing in comparison to Mexico when it comes to the annual numbers?
Baltimore – 238 city, 298 MSA
Boston – 50 city, 111 MSA
Dallas/Ft. Worth – 210 city, 310 MSA
Detroit – 365 city, 447 MSA
Houston – 287 city, 462 MSA
Indianapolis – 100 city, 111 MSA
Jacksonville, FL – 99 city, 120 MSA
Kansas City – 100 city, 163 MSA
Las Vegas – 111 city, 133 MSA
Los Angeles – 312 city, 768 MSA
Miami – 59 city, 377 Miami to Boca Raton corridor
New Orleans – 174 city, 252 MSA
New York City – 471 city, 778 MSA
Orlando – 28 city, 111 MSA
Philadelphia – 302 city, 436 MSA
Phoenix – 122 city, 302 MSA
San Francisco – 45 city, 292 MSA
St. Louis – 143 city, 210 MSA
Washington, DC – 143 city, 325 MSA