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Americans Increasingly Hesitant to Travel to Mexico, Says Survey

Americans Increasingly Hesitant to Travel to Mexico, Says Survey
Ryan Boyd

A recent survey by the MAST Travel Network has revealed that among 166 travel agents, eight percent of those surveyed reported clients who have either re-booked trips from Mexico to other destinations or canceled their travel plans entirely. MAST went on to report that 52 percent of agents reported specifically not wanting to visit Mexico, and another 49 percent claimed that their clients are reluctant to travel at all internationally.

“The intensifying issues of immigration, the border wall, and trade are, in my view, going to cause some customers to think twice about a vacation in Mexico if they feel they are not welcome,” said John Werner, President and COO of MAST.

“I don’t believe anyone should feel that way, but based on our member survey, agents are hearing concerns from their clients.”

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  1. HomerJ

    February 17, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Was just in Mexico in early January, and anti-American sentiment was very evident. Which is a shame as the peso is trading very low making it a good value right now.

  2. TMOliver

    February 17, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Since I was a teenager, more than 60 years ago, I’ve traveled throughout Mexico on numerous occasions, using air, cruise ship, rail, car and even once, long ago, by bus, Laredo to Cordoba, VC. Our last extended trip, 10 years ago, was to a niece’s wedding in Patzcuaro, via Morelia. I learned over the years to “live with” and accept the daily examples of “Low Level” corruption, but on our last trip the grotesque, pervasive corruption at high levels matched with the glaring evidence of the big time drug trade, entirely dependent on a US market and US dollars, wrote a sad finish to travel to a country where we were comfortable, I spoke the language, and enjoyed interaction with folks in all walks of life. That both the US and Mexico (both national governments and major commercial interests) are unwilling to attempt to control the flow of dollars South (because that’s far easier than controlling the drugs flowing North) seems inexplicable and destructive to travel and tourism.

  3. dilbertsdaddy

    February 17, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I have been avoiding Mexico for years before anyone ever heard the words President Trump.

    Dangerous, get sick from drinking the water, bad airports, etc. There are just too many nice and safe places in the world to even consider Mexico, which is a shame because it is a beautiful place.

    Blame the Mexican government for this one, not the Donald.

  4. Bretteee

    February 17, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Pretend to be Canadian.

  5. UKOK

    February 19, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Mexico is firmly off my list. It no longer feel safe, even in the resort areas.

  6. Citizendelmundo

    February 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    So much ignorance and with the exception of one poster no real travel experience so they don’t have a clue what they are talking about. I have been taveling to Mexico alone since 2005.. I am female and never gotten sick,never been treated with anything but kindness. There are places in Mexico I would not go like, the dangeous states near the border because of US desire for drugs and Cqncun because there are too many Americans like some of these posters. In fact I am at this moment in a small vilage in the state of Oaxaca enjoying the incredible food and the lovely and welcoming people.
    Have experienced NO anti American sentiment whatsoever. Fear of what el presidente pendajo is going to do to Mexico, but I am treated as kindly as ever.

  7. tom_MN

    February 21, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Was in Yucatan and Quintana Roo at the end of December, absolutely no anti-American sentiment. It was just wonderful, great value and nice people, lots of history. Going to dangerous France next. Love the combination of Americans staying home or on cruise ships, and the strong dollar!

  8. 415cali

    June 10, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    As an American living in Mexico, I am quite happy to hear people in the USA are going elsewhere. My contacts with other Americans down here reveal they are always drunk and/or looking for drugs, never satisfied, arrogant, ignorant, don’t attempt to learn the language, and refuse to adapt to the local customs of the community, but instead expect everyone to cater to their needs in English.

    It is super rare to cross paths with a cerebral person from the USA or an American who is willing to try to speak Spanish. It won’t be long before the entire global community pulls the welcome mat from under the feet of Americans.

    By the way, data shows international tourists are not traveling to the USA, but instead going elsewhere. Feeling welcome goes both ways.

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