Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Should I Go to Cancun? -Swine Flu Mexico

The answer should simply be "YES", but I'll give you a little more than that today. While things are looking very grim for the tourism industry in Cancun and Quintana Roo, that could mean good tidings for tourists. The forums devoted to Cancun and the Riviera Maya are starting to buzz with great deals to be found, most notably on Orbitz though I am sure there are others out there with big discounts. Great package deals are popping up, if you don't have a trip planned, now would be a great time. With so few people in the area at the moment, you won't have to fight for a lounge chair, wait in line at the buffets or feel crowded on the beach, it's almost like a private vacation. The service staff will go out of their way to ensure that the few guests they currently have are well attended to and wanting for nothing. People are being upgraded to more luxurious resorts or rooms and being made to feel like kings. Now is a great time to come.

Several resorts in Mexico have started a "Flu Free Guarantee", a campaign that promises three years of free vacations if you contract H1N1 while in their hotels. I think that expresses a great deal of confidence that it is indeed safe to travel to Mexico. The tourism boards and travel service companies are working diligently to ensure that visitors start to return to Mexico, to a safe and healthy environment for all to enjoy.

My favourite Spanish language Cancun blog posted a video this morning that I would like to share with you. The video was shot on Friday May 1st so some of the information is old (restaurants are open and there were 11 cases reported here), but these tourists aren't fearful at all. Have a look, if you are still afraid of the flu in Cancun, this should ease your mind.

Every day I hear another student or friend tell me that they lost their job or had their wages cut or are living on absolutely nothing.
Most people are hopeful and can see a brighter future ahead, but it doesn't make it any easier to survive right now. If you love Mexico, do what you can to support the tourism sector, if you can't make it down, spread the love to your friends and family!

(old news now folks, here's the link for the latest updates on H1N1)


Unknown said...

Im still coming to cancun!! Im so excited for my trip! Do you know if prices of activities to do around the area are cheaper? Like swimming with dolphins or para sailing ?
Please let me know!!

(College student)

Unknown said...

i was just in cancun for the first time with my fiancée from 7.5 to 11.5 and is was great!! we stayed at the GR Solaris and it was like a private hotel about 100 people at MOST! you could go down to pool at about 11am and get as many chairs as you want! only bad thing was getting sun burnt! :-)

Unknown said...

Great blog!!! We almost changed but decided not to buy into the hype! We will be there on Monday the 18th. Only thing that makes me sad now is I am hearing it's suppose to rain all next week :-(


Team Bahamas said...

You should check out the Bahamas! It's totally H1N1 free, and it's one of the top travel destinations in the world! I love it there, you've got everything you could possibly want to do right at your fingertips.

Thanks for your time!
Ryan Wilkins

PingPong_Kid said...

This is the Ping Pong Kid checking in. We got to Cancun on Saturday May 9th and so far the trip has been absolutely awesome. If you have plans to visit, don't change them. Make the trip. Our hotel Golden Parnassus is excellent. EVERYTHING is open and we are having a blast. There us no mention of flu at all.

The hotel is pretty much empty and we keep seeing the same couples over and over, but...We pretty much have the place to ourselves. Water volleyball, ping pong, pool, etc. Still plenty of people to join in. Its weird--the place is fully operational, but very few people to enjoy it. In the main breakfast/ lunch restaurant, we have never seen more than 3 tables eating at once. Its a little eerie. The resort staff has been treating us great as usual.

Gotta run--more later. Stay tuned.

Miss Kitty said...

The Bahamas are beautiful but can also be a bit pricey. We stayed at a Sandals last November. Nice but cost us about 2K more than our stays have in the Riviera area (Playa del Carmen). This is our third trip (due to arrive May 16) and totally enjoy it. Let's hope the forecast for rain is just light rain at night!
CC ~ keep up the great work!!!

Anonymous said...

We sincerely hope that the worst of the flu panic/cancellations are behind Mexico. It is sad to read of how hard hit the people of the area have been the last few weeks.

We travelled in mid/late April when the news was just unfolding about the flu (boy were we pariahs when we got home!). I wouldn't have changed our plans then and would happily leave today for Cancun so please people, use solid information to base your decisions, not raw emotions.

We had a great couple weeks--saw my first shark snorkeling and we headed into the rainforest in Campeche, just north of Guatemala to see birds and howler monkeys. And of course we lounged beach-side in Playa del Carmen. And we came home completely well.

Do yourself a favor and go to Cancun. It is a wonderful area with wonderful people. It is sad that the area is being economically battered by this flu bug.

Dan and Jen said...

Thank you so much for your informative blog. I found it randomly when this swine flu madness began in search of whether the flu was in cancun. I appreciate all your advice and your blog is the only reason I didnt cancel our upcoming trip to Cancun in July. I am more comforted each day and we are definitely still going to Cancun and can not wait to celebrate our wedding annvisaray in the beauty of Cancun. It will be our first time there. Thank you again!

Anonymous said...

Yes you should definitely go! Now is a good time too as there are less crowds due to the scare. I have also seen news saying that places like Cabo resorts, mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta are all swine flu free. I think the flu thing has been blown way out of proportion!

Unknown said...

I have a question about something. I have not been to in a very long time. I have traveled all over the Bahama Islands, Turks and Caicos and more. My concern is the water (not the ocean water) you drink. I have had friends in the past that visited more urban areas like Mexico City, Tijuana and other areas that have come down with the dreaded Montezuma's Revenge. I will be staying at the Cancun Caribe Park Royal Grand in the next few weeks. Its the water, ice, margarita's and other beverages that contain water safe to drink?

Miss Kitty said...

Not sure about Cancun but the last 2 years we've stayed at Aventura Spa Palace (down towards Playa del Carmen) and have had no issues. They do have bottled water inthe rooms. Never had a problem with the drinks! They were all great and the staff was always nice and had a smile for you!
This is our first time to Cancun ~ we get there Saturday and are really looking forward to it.
Hope this helps.

Grace said...

My girlfriends and I went for an extended weekend and had a blast. We were the only single girls at Excellence Playa Mujeres and got a great deal and had an awesome time. The weather was perfect and we felt that we had the hotel mostly to ourselves. I would do it again in a heart beat. Don't let the swine flu scare you, it really hasn't hit Quintana Roo very much at all and it is not worth canceling your trip.

CancunCanuck said...

Elizbeth- I think some tour companies are offering discounts, all you can do is ask, there are sales reps in all hotels. I hope you have a fantastic trip!

Mark- Thanks so much for your comment, I'm glad you had a great trip! Sorry about the sunburn. :)

Jason- Stop reading the weather reports. :) Seriously, they always say rain and they're seldom right. I'm not making promises, just saying relax, it rarely rains in May and if it does, it will be a quick shower. Have fun!

Team Bahamas- Bahamas sounds great, but maybe you could sell your product somewhere else? This is a blog about Cancun and a post trying to encourage tourism in Cancun.

Ping Pong Kid- Hey, thanks for stopping in! Glad you are having fun, I love the idea of a mostly empty hotel, talk about service! :)

Miss Kitty- Mexican Caribbean offers huge value, great place and cheaper than the islands. Don't worry about the forecast, a little rain in this heat will feel nice for a few minutes. Have a great time!

Deborah- Thanks so much for your comment, sounds like you had a wonderful trip. I'm jealous you got to Campeche, I am dying to go! Keep spreading the good word. :)

Dan and Jen- Happy anniversary! Thanks for the kind words. I hope you have the trip of your dreams, enjoy!

Alex- Hola, thanks for the comment! I think the media whipped itself into a frenzy then realized it wasn't that big and just left it hanging. People aren't bombarded anymore but are left with an image of chaos and illness. Would love to see some media stories on how things are now.

Chris- Drinks and ice are made with purified water, hotels don't want anyone getting sick. The resort water is purified as well, safe for teeth brushing etc, though I would still stick to bottled water for drinking. Drink margaritas and pina coladas to your heart's content. (Well, not to the point of being ill on all the sugar, that's what gets ya, not the ice). :)

Grace- Thanks for your comment, glad you had a great time! That hotel is supposed to be gorgeous, it's really new and on a great stretch of property. Spread the word!

Malupi said...

I know going to Cancun is safe, my friend just returned from her Cancun Vacation at the Park Royal Cancun in which she and her family stayed during the school shutdown in Mexico City and they say the Royal Holiday accommodations were sanitized and all the safety measures taken, they stayed for a week nobody got ill.

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