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