Mexico City, Mexico — The Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels (AMHM) raised its initial forecast in the arrival of international travelers to the country from 4 percent to between 8 and 9 percent for this year, after the US travel update.
“The update was positive, the tourist destinations stopped being designated as dangerous. In that way, our growth perspective (of international travelers) will be raised,” said Rafael García, president of the AMHM.
In August of 2017, the Donald Trump administration identified Los Cabos and Cancún as dangerous travel destinations for their citizens, however, in their update of alerts published on Wednesday these locations along with Vallarta and Mexico City, which concentrate the 80 percent of travelers from abroad, ceased to be designated by the United States as risky.
At Level 1, destinations are considered the safest in which travelers are recommended to exercise normal precautions. At Level 2, travel recommendations are set to increased precautions, while at Level 3, travelers are suggested to reconsider travel to an area.
It is at Level 4 when travelers are recommended not to travel to a said destination due to the high risk caused by terrorism, conflict or criminality.
The last travel alert issued by the US government was August 22, 2017 but was replaced by the update on January 10, 2018.
In September 2017, Enrique de la Madrid, head of the Ministry of Tourism, acknowledged that US travel alerts reduced reservations to travel to Mexico by US citizens by up to 20 percent.