Travel Agent’s Top Mexico News Stories of 2011

With the New Year ushering in just two days, Travel Agent thought it would be fitting to recap some of the most notable Mexico stories of 2011.

Here are Travel Agent’s 2011 top five most read Mexico news stories.

5. COO of Mexico Tourist Board: Cruise Cancellations Were Business Decisions

On September 12, Travel Agent chatted with Rodolfo Lopez Negrete, chief operating officer of the Mexico Tourism Board, and learned that several cruise lines that canceled calls to some popular Mexico destinations later told Mexico representatives the decision was purely business and had nothing to do with whether the areas in question were safe or not.

4. Mazatlan Port Calls

In February, Travel Agent’s Susan Young explored the hard times facing Mexico’s ports due to a string of violence in some of the country’s tourism hot spots.

3. Three Cruise Lines Cancel Mazatlan Calls

In January, we saw yet another chapter to Mexico’s 2011 cruise woes as Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Disney Cruise Line adjusted some Mexican Riviera itineraries to remove Mazatlan as a port call. The actions were taken in response to several criminal incidents that occurred involving passengers and crew of Azamara Journey and Holland America's Oosterdam.

2. Study: Puerto Vallarta is One of the Safest Tourist Destinations

Sure, violence attracts readers, but ironically, it was a story about how safe Mexico is that was our second most-read Mexico news item of the year. In June, we reported a study conducted by Thomas Dale & Associates (TDA). It concluded that Puerto Vallarta was one of the safest tourist destinations for international and national tourists.

1. Exclusive: What's New in Mexico City?

In August, Travel Agent’s Jena Tesse Fox sat down with representatives from Mexico City and discussed how the destination could repair its image.


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