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Los Cabos Magazine #43

S A F E T Y Numbers Don’t Lie Statistics dispel common misconceptions about México By Chris Sands The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, is one of many new businesses to recently open in Los Cabos. There is still a misconception among some—fed by what are often one-sided portrayals in the U.S. media—that México is wracked by drug-related violence and unsafe for travel. That simply isn’t the case, as anyone who has actually visited the country can attest. While it’s undeniable that México, like every country in the world, suffers from crime and has some undesirable areas, the vast majority of its cities and communities—cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo in particular—are extremely safe. And the statistics bear this out. Here’s a look as some of the most recent numbers, which not only put the lie to the assertion that México is proportionately more dangerous than other popular travel destinations but also to the idea that Americans are afraid to travel in México because of safety concerns. 1 – México is the No. 1 travel destination 6 Los Cabos Magazine | Spring 2016 for U.S. visitors. 25.4 – That’s the number of people from the United States—in millions— who visited México in 2014. As Travel Weekly reported, using data from the National Travel and Tourism Office of the U.S. Commerce Department, a record number of Americans—68.3 million, to be exact—traveled abroad in 2014, breaking the record previously set in 2007. México accounted for 34 percent of the year’s foreign travel, while other popular options like Canada (19 percent) and Europe (18 percent) trailed far behind. 3,900 – The number of new hotel rooms expected to come online in Los Cabos during the next two years, pushing the total to more than 18,000. That’s an increase of 28 percent over 2015 availability, and it reflects the strong uptick in international travel to Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. As Forbes Magazine noted in a recent profile: “Strong new hotel brands are headed to Los Cabos, such as the recently opened The Cape: A Thompson Hotel and the upcoming The Ritz-Carlton, Auberge’s VieVage, Starwood’s Solaz Montage, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, Mar Adentro by Encanto and the Hard Rock Hotel, which will all dramatically transform the coastline by end of 2017.” 12 – The number of times more likely U.S. visitors are to be murdered in Joseph A. Tyson


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