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February 6, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Despite past assurances that tourists are safe in their country, Mexican tourism officials are again faced with trying to explain away another report of crime against foreign visitors. The latest incident took place in the resort town of Acapulco, where six Spanish tourists on vacation were raped Sunday by masked gunmen. Unlike many crimes involving drug violence in the country's interior states, the rapes took place near the beach, where the tourists were renting bungalows near four-star hotels.
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June 18, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Things are looking up for tourism in Mazatlan, Mexico . The Pacific Coast resort , with 20-plus miles of beaches and dozens of high-end resorts, has long been a favorite with American tourists. Mexico's ongoing drug war, however, caused concern on both sides of the border. But recent infrastructure changes, coupled with an overhaul of Mazatlan's police force, have quieted fears. Now the Mexican Riviera city has just had its best spring season ever and is poised to have a record-breaking summer season, according to tourism bureau statistics.
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October 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Mexico predicts record tourist visits this year. But it's not because of a surge in U.S. visitors. Don't get Mexico wrong. U.S. tourists still represent the lion's share of foreign visitors, and Mexico welcomes them and their green dollar bills. But Mexico is reaching out to visitors from countries such as Russia, Brazil, Peru and Colombia after fears of drug violence and the recession reduced U.S. visitor numbers. The effort seems to be paying off. Based on rising tourism numbers in the first half of the year, Mexican tourism officials predict the country will host 24.7 million foreign visitors in 2012, surpassing last year's record of 23.4 million.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Mexico ranked 10th among the world's most popular tourist destinations, according to the latest estimate by a United Nations agency. But the country's head of tourism said she fears Mexico might drop a couple of spots, falling out of the top 10 list. "We have indications that we may drop one or two places, but we're not sure because the figures aren't ours, they are from the World Tourism Organization," Mexico's Tourism Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu told the Associated Press Monday.
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December 19, 2001 | Associated Press
Only weeks ago, Leila Voight was trying to persuade hesitant tourists to visit her secluded cabanas south of Cancun. Now, they are begging her for rooms. Her e-mail is clogged with as many as 30 messages a day from New Yorkers who live near ground zero and others who want to trade nightly news reports on war and terrorism for pina coladas and strolls on the beach. Hotel owners and government officials across Mexico say tourism has largely returned to normal after dropping 12% after the Sept.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Mexico ranked 10th among the world's most popular tourist destinations, according to the latest estimate by a United Nations agency. But the country's head of tourism said she fears Mexico might drop a couple of spots, falling out of the top 10 list. "We have indications that we may drop one or two places, but we're not sure because the figures aren't ours, they are from the World Tourism Organization," Mexico's Tourism Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu told the Associated Press Monday.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Although the number of U.S. citizens killed in Mexico this year is on the decline, the U.S. State Department has again issued a detailed travel warning for visitors to the country. The state-by-state assessment urges travelers to "defer non-essential travel" to four of Mexico's 31 states, mostly in the country's northern regions. The agency also warns tourists to be cautious in several other cities and states. In the state of Coahuila, for example, the travel warning noted that more than 100 prisoners escaped near the Texas border in September and have been involved in "a series of violent incidents since the escape.
TRAVEL
September 9, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO MEXICO'S YUCATÁN From LAX, nonstop and connecting service (change of plane) to Merida is offered on Aeromexico. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $388, including all taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code) and 52 (the country code for Mexico). WHERE TO STAY Hotel Casa Lucia, 474A Calle 60, Mérida; 999-928-0740, http://www.casalucia.com.mx . Opened in 2003 with 15 rooms, a pool and cafe.
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June 18, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Things are looking up for tourism in Mazatlan, Mexico . The Pacific Coast resort , with 20-plus miles of beaches and dozens of high-end resorts, has long been a favorite with American tourists. Mexico's ongoing drug war, however, caused concern on both sides of the border. But recent infrastructure changes, coupled with an overhaul of Mazatlan's police force, have quieted fears. Now the Mexican Riviera city has just had its best spring season ever and is poised to have a record-breaking summer season, according to tourism bureau statistics.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Despite past assurances that tourists are safe in their country, Mexican tourism officials are again faced with trying to explain away another report of crime against foreign visitors. The latest incident took place in the resort town of Acapulco, where six Spanish tourists on vacation were raped Sunday by masked gunmen. Unlike many crimes involving drug violence in the country's interior states, the rapes took place near the beach, where the tourists were renting bungalows near four-star hotels.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Although the number of U.S. citizens killed in Mexico this year is on the decline, the U.S. State Department has again issued a detailed travel warning for visitors to the country. The state-by-state assessment urges travelers to "defer non-essential travel" to four of Mexico's 31 states, mostly in the country's northern regions. The agency also warns tourists to be cautious in several other cities and states. In the state of Coahuila, for example, the travel warning noted that more than 100 prisoners escaped near the Texas border in September and have been involved in "a series of violent incidents since the escape.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Mexico predicts record tourist visits this year. But it's not because of a surge in U.S. visitors. Don't get Mexico wrong. U.S. tourists still represent the lion's share of foreign visitors, and Mexico welcomes them and their green dollar bills. But Mexico is reaching out to visitors from countries such as Russia, Brazil, Peru and Colombia after fears of drug violence and the recession reduced U.S. visitor numbers. The effort seems to be paying off. Based on rising tourism numbers in the first half of the year, Mexican tourism officials predict the country will host 24.7 million foreign visitors in 2012, surpassing last year's record of 23.4 million.
TRAVEL
September 9, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO MEXICO'S YUCATÁN From LAX, nonstop and connecting service (change of plane) to Merida is offered on Aeromexico. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $388, including all taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code) and 52 (the country code for Mexico). WHERE TO STAY Hotel Casa Lucia, 474A Calle 60, Mérida; 999-928-0740, http://www.casalucia.com.mx . Opened in 2003 with 15 rooms, a pool and cafe.
NEWS
December 19, 2001 | Associated Press
Only weeks ago, Leila Voight was trying to persuade hesitant tourists to visit her secluded cabanas south of Cancun. Now, they are begging her for rooms. Her e-mail is clogged with as many as 30 messages a day from New Yorkers who live near ground zero and others who want to trade nightly news reports on war and terrorism for pina coladas and strolls on the beach. Hotel owners and government officials across Mexico say tourism has largely returned to normal after dropping 12% after the Sept.
TRAVEL
June 4, 2000 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRES
The Mexican government last week abruptly closed all 13 of its foreign tourism offices. It is expected to replace them with a privately funded operation. In the interim, some offices will continue to answer individuals' questions but are suspending regular operations, such as working on trade shows and sending out brochures. A spokeswoman at the Mexican Government Tourism Office in Los Angeles, which employed five people, said the closures were a cost-cutting effort.
TRAVEL
June 4, 2000 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRES
The Mexican government last week abruptly closed all 13 of its foreign tourism offices. It is expected to replace them with a privately funded operation. In the interim, some offices will continue to answer individuals' questions but are suspending regular operations, such as working on trade shows and sending out brochures. A spokeswoman at the Mexican Government Tourism Office in Los Angeles, which employed five people, said the closures were a cost-cutting effort.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1995 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eduardo Cruz, manager of the new Hyatt Regency Hotel in Merida on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, figured last year's peso devaluation would create at least one benefit: A flood of free-spending Americans throwing dollars around his hostelry. But Cruz and others expecting a tourism windfall from the weakened peso have been sadly disappointed.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1995 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eduardo Cruz, manager of the new Hyatt Regency Hotel in Merida on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, figured last year's peso devaluation would create at least one benefit: A flood of free-spending Americans throwing dollars around his hostelry. But Cruz and others expecting a tourism windfall from the weakened peso have been sadly disappointed.
TRAVEL
August 28, 1994 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER; Reynolds travels anonymously at the newspaper's expense, accepting no special discounts or subsidized trips
In favored locations along the most fetching beaches of Mexico stand roughly 200 hotels. Altogether, their approximately 28,000 rooms accommodated about 2.8 million foreign tourists last year, most of them Americans. This seems fairly logical, since there are so many Americans who love the beach and so many attractive beaches along Mexico's 6,000 miles of Atlantic and Pacific coastline. But few American visitors realize that there's much more than simple supply and demand behind these resorts.
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