Headlines about violent crime, drug wars, and a border wall in Mexico have flashed across TV sets and online sites in recent months. While Mexico’s tourism industry claims it’s been business as usual, it’s clear that some marketing resources in popular destinations have been diverted to addressing safety rather than highlighting sexier elements like beaches and cuisine.
Much of the violence hasn’t impacted or targeted tourists, and travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State don’t include tourist areas such as Cancun, Riveria Maya, and Playa del Carmen.
Some 10.6 million international arrivals visited Mexico in the first quarter of 2018, up 12.6 percent compared to the same period last year. Mexico also became the sixth most visited country by international arrivals last year, up from the eighth most visited in 2016.
In a multi-year initiative, Singapore Airlines will phase out its wholly-owned regional brand SilkAir and merge it with the mainline operation.
The move won’t occur until after Singapore invests more than $100 million to upgrade cabins on the SilkAir fleet with new lie-flat seats in business class and seat-back entertainment systems throughout the aircraft.
Puerto Rico’s storied Dorado Beach, Ritz-Carlton Reserve is set to reopen its doors in October, marking a significant recovery milestone for the hurricane-battered island.
The property, a rare estate set apart from the rest of the destination, will be the first ultra-luxury resort to welcome guests back to the island after the devastation caused in 2017 by a string of hurricanes.
Cruise ships have canceled stops on Hawaii’s Big Island. Hotel rooms will sit vacant this summer despite price cuts.
And guest house owners and tour guides that depend on the 2 million visitors each year to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are wondering how long their families will go without any income.
Tourism authorities say summer bookings for hotels on Hawaii’s Big Island have fallen almost 50 percent since the Kilauea volcano began spewing lava and toxic gases on May 3.