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U.S. Expands Mexico Travel Warning to Include Cancun and Los Cabos

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2017, 7:00 PM

For the first time, the U.S. State Department has expanded its Mexico travel warning to include the states where some of the country's most popular beach resorts are located.  Updating a warning released in December, the government names Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo among the places where U.S. citizens have been the victims of violence caused by criminal organizations.  Baja California S...

Mexican Mansion of Drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar Turned Into Luxury Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/10/2017, 4:00 AM

A mansion that once belonged to '80s drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has been turned into a luxury hotel in Tulum, Mexico.  After sitting vacant for the last 14 years, the 35-room property has been renovated and transformed into the Casa Malca, an elegant inn set next to a beach on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The place is filled with contemporary art from the collection of its new owner, Lio La...

Interest in Travel to U.S. Down Overall—but Up in Asia

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/28/2017, 4:00 AM

The overall number of international travelers planning to visit the United States has declined slightly over the past year as a result of the political climate, according to an analysis conducted by Brand USA, a public-private organization created by Congress to promote U.S. tourism. Twenty-seven percent of travelers were planning a U.S. trip in March 2016, the group says. That number is a...

Mexico Resort Now Selling a $25,000 Taco

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/06/2017, 5:00 AM

For those of you who find the idea of paying $10 for a taco beyond the pale, prepare to be about 2,500 times more outraged. The Grand Velas Los Cabos resort in Mexico has created a taco going for the truly obscene price of $25,000.   The tortilla comes stuffed with Kobe beef, caviar, gold leaf, lobster, and brie infused with black truffles—an orgy of expensive ingredients that, frankly...

Overwater Bungalows Come to the Caribbean

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/25/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo: Instagram/@kelly_klassen_tpi) Overwater bungalows—which are almost de rigueur at luxurious South Pacific resorts—have finally made their way to the Caribbean.  El Dorado Maroma resort on Mexico's Riviera Maya has unveiled 30 new "palafitos" dubbed the "first and only over-ocean bungalows in Latin America."  Each 600-square-foot thatched-roof hut features an open-concep...

Its Currency Selling at Unprecedented Low Levels, Its Drug-Related Violence Subdued, Mexico is Positioned to Enjoy Heavy American Tourism this Coming Winter

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/30/2016, 10:15 PM

There no longer seems any doubt that the Zika scare has wrought havoc with tourism to Florida. In a study conducted by Allianz Travel Insurance, advance air bookings for the coming winter to the entire state of Florida are down by 15 percent.  And bookings for specific resort cities in Florida are down by a devastating 29 percent to Miami, 32 percent to Tampa, and 15 percent to Palm Beach.  ...

Though the Timid Tourist is Frightened by a Number of Adverse Travel Conditions, the Value of the U.S. Dollar is Not One of Them. The Dollar is Today Unusually Strong

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/30/2016, 10:00 PM

Perhaps the biggest travel news of the current season is that the U.S. currency remains unusually strong against virtually every other currency. When you travel abroad in the coming months, you will enjoy lower costs at your destination for everything you buy, thanks to a mighty dollar. While the dollar's strength may have adverse consequences for American companies that manufacture goods for ...

Most Limits on U.S.-Mexico Flights Have Flown Away

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

Yesterday was a good day for price-conscious travelers in North America. As of Sunday, nearly all of the restrictions on flights between the United States and Mexico have been lifted, allowing airlines on both sides of the border to fly whatever routes they want in the other country—and at whatever prices they want to offer. Up to now, rules had limited two or three airlines from each coun...

The Startling Plunge in the Value of the Mexican Peso Has Created a Vacation Destination Too Favorable to Ignore

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/16/2016, 5:15 PM

San Miguel de Allende      Too little attention has been paid to the enormous recent drop in the value of the Mexican peso--and to the favorable impact this has for American vacationers. While most travel commentators have focused on shifts in the value of European and Asian currencies, hardly anyone has written about the near-40% decline in the Mexican peso that has occurred within t...

Apple Vacations Expands Westward

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/13/2016, 4:45 PM

Apple Vacations, a giant vacation outfit beloved by deal-seekers but unknown to many, is making a big move into California by adding charter-flight vacations to three major airports in the Bay Area and Orange County: San Francisco (SFO), Mineta San José International Airport (SJC), and Orange County's John Wayne Airport (SNA). All the new gateways will sells vacations to Los Cabos, and SFO and...

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