The Mexico Tourist Board this week issued a statement responding to a recent Texas Department of Public Safety advisory urging all students not to take their spring break vacations in Mexico due to ongoing violence.
“We understand that many people have concerns about the recent travel advisory for the entire nation of Mexico issued by the state of Texas Department of Public Safety,” according to the statement. “Mexican tourist destinations are very safe. As the U.S. Department of State has noted, ‘millions of U.S. citizens travel safely to Mexico each year,’ including those who come every day for study, tourism or business and at least one million U.S. citizens who live in Mexico."
According to the statement, last year more than 22 million foreigners visited Mexico, including more than 2.5 million traveling by air from Texas alone.
“We are pleased to announce that in December 2010, the number of people flying out of Texas into Mexico was up by 12 percent on previous years, and that December 2010 saw our best month regarding the volume of people on flights over the last decade,” according to the Tourist Board.