Jan 17, 2010, 3:03 PM
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What I think, arbon might be alluding to, is, tourist and business travel to Mexico, plus living full-time in Mexico. Verses.
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Assessing the pluses and minuses, (risk assessment) in reference to tourist/business travel, full-time living in other places.
For example: Here in Canada, international tourism is low compared to recent years. Even, our next-door American neighbours have stopped visiting in signficant numbers. Ditto for the Europeans, the Japanese etc. The industry took a nose-dive in 2009.
A new word, 'stay-cation' entered the tourism industry vocabulary last year.
City, provincial publicity campaign dollars became directed into attracting, people living within several hundred miles, to visit destinations, 'close to home'. Savings re: transportation dollars touted, the 'green appeal' plus special events/specials specifically hosted to attract, what was perceived as the best market for visitor dollars. Last year. In 2010, this trend is likely to continue.
Yes, swine-flu plus increased reports of narco-violence etc. has affected media reporting on Mexico and has likely impacted certain economic sectors like tourism, perhaps investment. However don't forget, that in 2009, there was a financial tsumani in the world, with significant aftershocks that continue for many. Mexico has been strongly affected along with most other nations.
Foreign tourists, international business people/investors, ex-pat retirees, are often perceived as people with extra disposable income, who have the privilege of being able to weigh their options. Nations being perceived as safe places to travel, do business, live full-time is critical to attracting these discretionary dollars.
The majority, whose economic/social/familial lives are being hard impacted by economic/social circumstances where they are living, are concentrating mainly on, 'making it'. And not slipping down, an economic rung or two, if they can help it. Their choices, if they have any discretionary dollars to spare, will cast their sights around the world, looking for the most bang for their buck. In safe, surroundings, so that they can return, a tad refreshed, to their work-a-day lives, in increasingly challenging circumstances.
If Mexicans, in Mexico, in the present, tell friends and family(like myself) that they feel increasingly insecure, or that local situations are deteriorating, how can I ignore that information? Even if others, to whom, nothing has happened, keep saying, that everything is Ok Dokey.
Will these other folks be there for me(mine) if anything critical was to happen? No. I didn't think so.
So who are you going to listen to? Those that care about others, or those that don't?
Now's not the time for a white-wash job, in my opinion. Give me, facts, the good, da bad and da ugly.
Let everyone do their own risk assessment and take responsibility for their decisions.
That's basically what happens, each and every day, everywhere, anyway.