Recent Survey Results Support that Mexico is a Safe Tourist Destination

MILWAUKEE, March 18 /PRNewswire/ — The recently updated Mexico Travel Alert has been broadly misinterpreted by media and consumers. The alert does not discourage U.S. citizens from traveling to Mexico, but instead encourages travelers to take common sense precautions to ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable. To get a pulse on how vacationers who recently returned from Mexico felt about their safety and experience, The Mark Travel Corporation (parent company to Funjet Vacations) initiated and aggregated a consumer survey.

From March 6 – 15, 2009, more than 900 responses were received from travelers who took a vacation to Mexico between October 2008 and March 2009. The results were overwhelmingly positive with 97% of those surveyed indicating they would return to Mexico for another vacation and 90% of all respondents agreeing to the statement “I felt safe and secure.” Of the respondents who agreed to feeling safe and secure, 92% traveled in 2009 and 88% traveled in 2008, indicating that a growing number of travelers felt safe and secure in Mexico in 2009.

There were some travelers, only 9%, who indicated they felt unsafe at some time during their vacation in Mexico and less than 1% of respondents felt unsafe while on the resort property. The vast majority of reasons for feeling unsafe reflected isolated concerns that were not related to personal or physical safety.

The majority of respondents vacationed in Cancun/Riviera Maya, the most popular leisure destination in Mexico, which is more than 1,300 miles from the nearest U.S./Mexico border town referred to in the updated Mexico Travel Alert. Other respondents also vacationed in major tourist destinations including Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Ixtapa, Acapulco and Mazatlan. These destinations are a minimum of 375 miles (the distance from Mazatlan to Chihuahua) from any U.S./Mexico border town. To view a map of Mexico that includes tourist destinations, border towns and mileage, visit Mexico-Update.com, a Web site recently launched by the Mexico Tourism Board to address travelers’ questions about travel and safety in Mexico.

“The survey respondents confirmed Funjet’s position that Mexico continues to be an amazing, safe and fun vacation destination. The results should give other travelers confidence to plan a Mexico vacation,” stated Mike Going, President of Funjet Vacations. “We encourage consumers to get the facts about the Mexico Travel Alert from their travel agent or Funjet.com/pressroom. The concentration of drug cartel violence that caused the U.S. Department of State to update the alert is hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of miles away from Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and other main tourist areas.”

There was no incentive or giveaway associated with the survey and travel agents were encouraged to send it to any of their clients who recently returned from Mexico and traveled with Funjet Vacations or another tour operator.

For more information on the Mexico Travel Alert consumers should contact a local travel agent, visit Funjet.com/pressroom or call 1-888-558-6654. To book a Funjet vacation to Mexico, travelers should contact their local travel agent or Funjet.com.

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  1. I spent 5 weeks in Puerto Vallarta in the state of Jalisco. My visit was February 1 through March 9. During the time I spent there, I noticed a frequent presence of the federal police, state police, and some special local police. Most of the times the forces were seen they were in new vehicles, often pickup trucks, and almost all of them wore identity hiding ski-type masks and bulletproof vests. All were heavily armed with automatic/assault weapons. There was no evidence of violence and I suspect the presence of the police forces was to instill a sense of security and elevate the perception of safety. My sense of safety wasn’t enhanced by this display of force, but it did keep the presence of the violence taking place elsewhere at the forefront of thought. I’ve always felt safe in Mexico once I get away from the border areas. I’ve been visiting Mexico for over 18 years and have seen some things happen and heard of instances where there were some violence. In all these years none of it involved me with the exception of a debit card theft that turned out quite good for me and very bad for the thief.

    Your safety is directly determined by your own actions and good common sense. You’ll be more likely to fall into a hole or walk into an unmarked hazard than the chance of finding yourself the target of violence. As with any location where you have large populations, you can always be caught in the crossfire of violence unrelated to you.

    In the city of your vacation, always travel the better lit streets and where there are other people present. Never carry more money than you would want to lose and don’t wear excessive jewelry or make obvious displays of wealth. Credit & debit cards are always an excellent choice. Traveler’s checks can be cashed but can expose you to risk once you do get one cashed.

    I haven’t really had any notable problems while in Mexico.

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