My family used to holiday in Mexico: Puerta Vallarta, Cozumel, Mexico City, Cancun, etc. The weather was great, the people were friendly, the price was right. Not anymore. Actually, I lie. The weather, folks and prices are still great. It’s a small matter of gun battles, torture, decapitation and a general sense that large swathes of the country are a war zone. Which they are, thanks to America’s insatiable appetite for illegal drugs. The danger zone isn’t just “off the beaten path” drug mule routes. Fun in Acapulco doesn’t mean what it used to mean. Or it does right until it doesn’t. And yet, laht.com reports that Mexico’s tourism industry is going great guns . . .
Mexico’s tourism activity grew 3.9 percent in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period in 2011 . . . A total of 38.2 million foreign tourists visited the country during the first six months of the year. Tourism accounts for about 8 percent of Mexico’s gross domestic product (GDP) and is the third-largest generator of foreign exchange, trailing only oil and remittances.
Really? Yankee narcodollars are pumping an estimated $1B per week into the Mexican economy. Anyway, the majority of Mexican tourism now arrives in the country via cruise ship.
A total of 38.2 million foreign tourists visited the country during the first six months of the year, with border tourists and cruise ship passengers accounting for 26.6 million of these visitors and international tourists accounting for 11.6 million, the Bank of Mexico said.
So, all it will take is an attack on cruise ship day trippers and the Mexican tourist industry will collapse. Sherman set the way-back machine for khou.com, February 2012.
So make that a deadly attack. Meanwhile, are you planning on holidaying in Mexico?