Mexico Tourism Secretary Reassures U.S. Travelers About Safety in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is being released today by Marca Pais – Imagen deMexico:

In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Secretary of Tourism Gloria Guevara Manzo vouched for the safety of tourist destinations in Mexico, and encouraged visitors from the United States to enjoy the best of what Mexico has to offer.

Regarding the reports of violence, Guevara pointed out that when there are increased reports of violence in the U.S., the cities are specifically reported, discouraging beliefs that violence as a whole has increased in the entire country.  Secretary Guevara said, “For us in Mexico, when we talk about the U.S., we don’t say the U.S., we say Orlando, L.A., Washington. If something happened last week, if there was a shooting in East L.A., does that mean you can’t go to Washington? Of course not.”

According to Guevara, out of more than 2,500 counties in Mexico only 80 are prone to violence, dismissing media claims that the entire state has seen an increase in drug-related violent activity.  Guevara also notes that 90 percent of Americans go to six destinations in Mexico, none of which are included in the 80 troubled counties.

As with any tourist in any new destination, Guevara recommends visitors carry a map to avoid being lost in unfamiliar territory.  She also recommends that visitors explore outside of the typical destinations, suggesting Huatulco and Oaxaca for a more traditional Mexican cultural experience, or Campeche for those interested in the Mayan culture.

SOURCE: Marca Pais – Imagen de Mexico

Susie Albin-Najera
Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at

2 comments for “Mexico Tourism Secretary Reassures U.S. Travelers About Safety in Mexico

  1. Lori
    2011-09-22 at 12:04 pm

    So happy to see positive media on travel in Mexico, as I go twice a year. Foreigners have to remember that we are guests in Mexico and respect that fact. Learn about the country, the people, the language, currency and culture before you go and make smart decisions while you’re there. Mexico is an absolutely breathtaking country and the people are equally as beautiful, in body and soul. Don’t stay away, as it’s just as easy to find crime in areas of Toronto as it is anywhere in Mexico.

    • Susie Albin-Najera
      2011-09-22 at 12:11 pm

      Lori, thank you so much – we completely agree! Glad you found us and thank you for sharing your comments. Cheers, Susie

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