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How Mexican Drug Violence Affects World Tourism Statistics: Tripadvisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards

Vacationers continue to fear the Mexican drug wars, cartels and violence, despite the fact that we don’t read as much in the media these days about drug-related deaths as we said three years ago (except, of course, the recent Guerrero massacres).

Each year, Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel and tourism website, publishes a Travelers ’Choice award scale for global, state and regional tourism preferences in a number of categories. The 2014 award numbers make it clear that holidaymakers are still happy to visit Mexico, but still comfort themselves with the comfort, safety and security of all-inclusive Mexican resorts, and prefer them more than others around the world.

Mexico did not place in the world categories at all for the best small hotels, the best bed and breakfasts, the best rising destinations, favorite restaurants or in the general category of the best destinations. It received one rating in the World’s Best Beach category, as ten out of 25 for Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres. Similarly, it achieved the rating of the Best Hotels in the World, but only for the Saint Regis Punta Mita resort in Punta de Mita. And I guess because of the dollar / peso exchange rate, it ranked 21st and 25th for affordable hotels in the world, with the Bungalows (Cabo San Lucas) and Luz en Yucatán (Mérida) hotels.

However, in the category of Best Comprehensive Resorts in the World, Mexico really shines, suggesting when viewed in the context of lack of accommodation in other categories, that the public still fears for their safety due to Mexican drug violence, cartels and wars, but that vacationers feel safe and secure when staying at an all-inclusive resort, isolated from everyday Mexican life.

In the category of Top 25 comprehensive resorts in the world, Mexico ranked 11th, including five out of eight places. Here are the impressive results:

1) Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso (Playa Paraiso)

3) Hotel Voljeni (Playa Mujeres)

5) Playa Mujeres excellence (Playa Mujeres)

6) Le Blanc Spa (Cancún)

8) Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancún (Playa Maroma)

16) Excellence Cancún Riviera (Puerto Morelos)

17) Aqua Cancún All Inclusive (Cancún)

19) Club Med Ixtapa Pacific (Ixtapa)

21) Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancún (Puerto Morelos)

22) Cozumel Palace (Cozumel)

25) Sunny Palace (Cancún)

Mexico is generally a safe country for vacation. Just stick to any place other than the place where widespread drug-related violence and drug gang wars have been reported. Of course those who have never agreed here did not agree. Take for example safe havens such as Chiapas, Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende and similar enclaves, the Yucatán, Pacific resorts … and that all-inclusive. Don’t be any less or more prudent than you would be resting in any other developing country and you should be in good balance; and even better enjoy traveling to Mexico just as if not more than other vacation spots.