Spring Break Bookings to Mexico Strong in Spite of Violence
Updated: Monday, 21 Feb 2011, 7:24 PM MST, Published : Monday, 21 Feb 2011, 7:24 PM MST
Phoenix- Spring break is just around the corner, and with all the violence in Mexico lately, are kids still willing to go south of the border for their parties? Turns out, yes.
In just the past three days, drug violence claimed more than 50 lives in the town across from El Paso, Texas. In the resort town of Acapulco, gunmen killed nine taxi drivers and three passengers.
Despite the ongoing violence, Mexico remains a top destination for spring break. Travel agents say they’ve actually seen an increase in people booking trips to Mexico.
But some students we talked to are still a little leery.
“I might just end up staying in Phoenix because Mexico isn’t the best place to be right now,” says student Victoria Ivankic.
While some popular Mexican resorts may see a drop in business this year, local travel agents say reservations to Rocky Point are up 22 percent.
“We have lots of ASU students calling,” says Steve Schwab from Seaside Reservations. He says Mexico is a huge country and just because one city is plagued by violence doesn’t mean all cities in Mexico are dangerous.
“We’re not seeing those things happen in Rocky Point. It’s a safe place to go to,” he says. “We’ve had two and half million people go to Rocky Point in the 10 years we’ve operated and we’ve never had an issue with violence.”
Last month, the government issued a travel advisory warning Americans to be on alert when traveling to central Mexico. Rocky Point is far from central Mexico, but some students say it’s just not worth the risk.
“It’s pretty dangerous from everything I’ve heard,” says student Lauren Clepper. “I’ve only heard of a couple people going to Mexico for spring break. [Everyone’s going to] Lake Havasu and Florida.”
So far, Arizona universities have not issued any travel advisories to students warning them against going to Mexico.