Mexico sees increase in UK arrivals

Mexico sees increase in UK arrivals

UK arrivals to Mexico have grown 22.6% in the January to June period of this year, following the 2009 Swine Flu epidemic. The country suffered a substantial decrease in its tourism as a result of the disease but is now almost fully recovered, according to Mexico Tourism Board Regional Director for Europe Manuel Diaz Cebrian. “Our bookings are quite good for this winter and we’re positive about the future,” he explained. “Although the collapse of Mexico Airlines last month meant that an important route between London and Mexico City ceased trading, BA is set to launch new flights to Cancun- which is actually our primary tourists spot for Brits.” However, although the region currently attracts 73% of British visitors, Diaz Cebrian is keen to promote other areas including Mexico City and Oaxaca. “There’s so much cultural diversity in Mexico and it’s a huge colorful country. We want people to visit the centre of Mexico, the mountains, the colonial towns and the rainforests as well as the beaches of Cancun.” He added that while the country’s gang culture had been highly publicised in the past year, the situation is limited to certain areas and not a threat to tourists. “Drug trafficking has been a problem in Mexico but it hasn’t had any effect on tourism. I think if people avoid certain areas, such as the border between Mexico and the US there will be no problems whatsoever.”

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