The U.S. State Department has acknowledged that millions of American citizens safely visit Mexico each year, including 150,000 who cross the border daily. It’s important to understand that the murder rate in Mexico (2.1 per 100,000) is far less than that of the Bahamas (36), Belize (42), Jamaica (52) and Orlando, Florida (7.5) – according to FBI statistics.
“According to the latest analysis by the Trans-Border Institute, drug-related homicides were down by some 19% compared with the same time last year,” states a June 14th, 2012 article in the BBC. Furthermore, the BBC goes on to say, “If this pattern continues, 2012 will see fewer drug killings than in the two previous years.”
Mexico is still the #1 travel destinations for Americans, with more than 20 million visits per year. An estimated 1 million US citizens permanently reside in Mexico in safe expatriate enclaves. The safest destinations in Mexico are the ones that appeal to most tourists – Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Cozumel, Guanajuato, Playa del Carmen and Oaxaca, for example. Of the 2,500 municipalities of Mexico, less than 5 percent have been affected by the drug war that is repeatedly mentioned by the media. The reality is that Yucatan, the safest state in Mexico, has only 0.1 murders for every 100,000 people – and no U.S. destination comes even remotely close to that.
Rodolfo Lopez Negrete, Chief Operating Officer of the Mexico Tourism Board, says that “Mexico’s indigenous roots and UNESCO-honored cuisine have always been a big part of its culture.” The country is growing economically, with a reduction in poverty and a small, but expanding middle class. “Mexico is a very large country, the size of Western Europe,” says Lopez Negrete, “so it’s unfair to paint Mexico with such a massively broad stroke.”
The June 2012 G-20 Summit of world leaders was held at the Los Cabos Convention Center, attracting 12,000 visitors from the most powerful nations. This is as good a sign as any that Mexico is, in fact, a safe place to travel and conduct business.
Original article written by Jenn Fusion, republished with permission by Resort Family News