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WTTC Global Summit: Why Mexico Is Ahead of the Tourism Recovery Curve

As the world slowly emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mexico’s tourism industry has clear advantages over many other destinations. “The recovery has been different in different places,” said Alex Zozaya, chairman of Apple Leisure Group (ALG), during a panel discussion at the 20th Global Summit of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which took place at Moon Palace Resort in Cancun last week. “I’d say that Mexico has been the fastest and most successful [destination] … because there were

Europe’s Great Potential for Luxury Travel Growth

Europe is poised to be an especially big seller as U.S. travelers take to the skies again after a year of being grounded — especially in the luxury travel segment, according to numerous reports. The Global Travel Collection found that Europe was the most popular international destination in its October 2020 survey of luxury travelers. In addition, 64 percent of respondents are dreaming of when they can travel again, while 18 percent have already booked a future trip and 16 percent are starting

New Pandemic Travel Requirements at Cancun Airport: 5 Things You Must Do

New Pandemic Travel Requirements at Cancun Airport: 5 Things You Must Do Travel is more complicated during the pandemic, and if you’re planning a Cancun, Mexico vacation, you should know about 5 important steps that you need to take before you leave. Regardless of whether you’re vaccinated or not, these are the latest procedures, and you’ll need to follow these 5 steps in order to leave Cancun and return to the United States. Most of the steps are related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but one of t

Why Now Is the Best Time to Book Post-COVID-19 Travel to Latin America

Travelers who are dreaming of bucket-list Latin American destinations such as Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands and Patagonia shouldn’t wait to plan a trip — even as the pandemic continues to keep many from venturing out, according to Sandra Borello, president of Borello Travel & Tours, which specializes in South American vacation packages. “People are already booking for 2022, but this is normal even without a pandemic,” she said. “Everyone who wants to go to Easter Island, Patagonia [or th

Cancun Shines Bright on the Global Stage

It’s unlikely that there could have been a more appropriate destination than Cancun to host the 20th Global Summit of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). After all, as the biggest tourism magnet in one of the few nations that never fully closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cancun was already hosting visitors. Welcoming the world’s first major, pandemic-era international tourism event was a logical next step. The Global Summit, which took place April 25-27 at the Moon Palace resort in C

VIDEO: Luxury Living in Puebla, Mexico for $800/month (or $70/night)

If you’ve been dreaming of living in Mexico or taking a Mexico vacation in the historic city of Puebla, you’re probably curious about how much it costs to live and stay in this historic and beautiful metropolis, which is the capital of the state of Puebla. You can get a lot of luxury for a reasonable price, which is good news for visitors and expats alike. In my latest travel video, I show what you can get for about $800 a mo

Luxury Travel Experiences in Mexico During COVID-19

Evolving traveler preferences, as well as pandemic realities, have pushed the definition of luxury travel in new directions. Perhaps one of the best places to explore what upscale globetrotters are looking for today is Mexico, one of the few destinations that’s stayed open to tourism from the U.S. “Besides your typical COVID-19 hygiene questions, clients are asking if certain activities are open, if spas are operating and whether restaurants are open,” said Jesse Cisneros, an advisor with Ovati

VIDEO: Cool Things to do in Puebla, Mexico

Located just 2 hours from Mexico City, the city of Puebla is the birthplace of many things uniquely Mexican — including mole poblano, talavera pottery and Cinco de Mayo festivities, to name a few. The city’s historic center, which dates to 1531, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s an awful lot to see and do in Puebla. So I’ve created a Puebla travel video (in my usual unfiltered style) to show you some of my favorite things about this fascinating city. I

A Travel Guide To Mexico City for First Timers

As the largest city in North America and one of the largest in the world, Mexico City may be a bit daunting to first-time visitors. There’s enough to see and do in Mexico’s capital to fill various visits, after all. So where to start? To keep from being overwhelmed by the options, it’s a good idea to break down the attractions and activities into categories. Note: Most attractions and businesses in Mexico City were operating at reduced capacity and limited hours as of press time, in accordance

How Travel Agencies Are Rethinking Fee Structures

When it comes to charging service fees, there has never been a one-size-fits-all approach that works for every travel agency. But now, the COVID-19 pandemic has made many advisors rethink their strategy — and more fees appear to be in the future for many of them. A recent survey of independent travel advisors affiliated with host agency Travel Experts, for example, showed that more agencies are adding new fees to their business model. "More advisors are changing their fee structure to an annua

2021 Travel Restrictions: What It’s Like Traveling Around Mexico Right Now

More people are vaccinated. More businesses are open and welcoming visitors. But what’s it really like to travel in Mexico today? During my most recent trip, I visited multiple cities in three Mexican states, took various types of transportation and inspected accommodations both high-end and budget-friendly. I came back with a comprehensive overview of what travelers can expect throughout Mexico at this phase of the pandemic.

All the Latest Los Cabos Travel Updates

As the number of international visitors to Mexico continues to grow, the Los Cabos Tourism Board has created A Safer Way to Get Away, an initiative that uses the hashtag #LosCabosWithCare to highlight its health-minded efforts. Following recommendations from Intertek Cristal’s Protek Destination Assurance program, the tourism board has created guidelines and certifications for partners in the region. In fact, Los Cabos has become the first destination to achieve “Verified” status from Sharecare

Airbnb Review: What $29 a Night Gets You in Xalapa, Veracruz

Airbnb Review: What $29 a Night Gets You in Xalapa, Veracruz You get a lot more for your money when you visit smaller interior cities in Mexico. This is an example. During my recent visit to the state of Veracruz, we stayed at an Airbnb home in Xalapa, the state capital. It’s a lesser-known destination for most international travelers and isn’t on the Mexico vacation wish list for most, either, but it’s well worth a visit for several reasons. In this Airbnb review, we give a video tour of what

The Psychological Effects of Traveling While Vaccinated

After months of feeling powerless against the COVID-19 pandemic, the promise of vaccination seemed like a shining beacon of hope. If we could all get that shot, life would be back to normal, and those of us who work in the travel industry — as well as those who simply miss traveling — would be back to the good old days of carefree globetrotting. Over the past couple of months, I’ve had visions of dancing down the airport concourse, jetting to previously off-limits overseas destinations and, most

Here Are Mexico's Hottest New Hotels for 2021 and Beyond

Even the COVID-19 pandemic can’t hold back new hotel development in Mexico. According to hotel industry website Hospitality Net, Mexico is currently the top country for hotel construction in Latin America, with Mexico City, Cancun and Guadalajara among the cities with the most rooms in the pipeline — though travelers will find new accommodation options in all the major tourism destinations. Here are some of the top developments for 2021 and beyond.

How to Get a COVID-19 Test in Mexico City — New Requirements for Flying to the USA

How to Get a COVID-19 Test in Mexico City — New Requirements for Flying to the USA If you’re flying into the United States from anywhere else in the world today, you must present negative results from a COVID-19 test before you board the inbound flight. But how and where do you get tested, how much does it cost and how long does it take? I found the answers to these questions during my most recent trip to Mexico. There are, in fact, many ways to get a COVID-19 test in Mexico City. I found two

Is It Safe to Travel by Bus in Mexico During the Pandemic?

Is It Safe to Travel by Bus in Mexico During the Pandemic? Travel is complicated during the pandemic. So it is safe to travel by long-distance bus in Mexico? To find out, I took a multi-destination trip through central Mexico, from Mexico City to Xalapa to Puebla and back to Mexico City. In my unfiltered, unscripted travel video, I show you what to expect while traveling in Mexico by bus, from COVID-19 travel hygiene protocols to on-board amenities. And I share my honest opinion about whether

3 Travel Tips for Staying Safe with Airbnb During the Pandemic

3 Travel Tips for Staying Safe with Airbnb During the Pandemic The pandemic is a tricky time to travel. But there are certain things you can do to stay safe — and save money, too. An important note: I’ve been vaccinated. And an increasing number of people around the world have been, too. But no vaccine is 100 percent effective. So hygiene protocols are still important — as is protecting yourself from losing money in the event of trip cancellations (airlines and other travel companies still mig

Emotional Support Animals Are Banned on U.S. Airlines. What Does That Mean for Travelers Reliant on Service Animals?

No more peacocks. No more pigs. In the past few months, all major U.S. airlines have banned emotional support animals (ESAs) on flights. While that may be welcome news for some passengers and airline personnel, it leaves some travelers searching for alternative means of travel. “The sudden banning of emotional support animals to fly for free may result in some passengers feeling unfairly disadvantaged,” said Shelley Tasker, head of operations at Alternative Airlines, a flight search and booking
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