Mexico Tourism Drop Varies by Region: Villa del Palmar Loreto

28 Feb


This month, El Universal reported that foreign tourism may fall as much as 88 percent in Acapulco this year as spring breakers cancel trips because of reports of violence.

Hotels in Acapulco, Mazatlan and Puerto Penasco are seeing a smaller-than-normal influx of college-age revelers after the U.S. advised citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to 18 Mexican states, the Mexico City-based newspaper reported, citing Guerrero State’s tourism ministry and travel agency StudentCity.

Yet despite the travel warning, according to Miguel Torruco Marques, president of the Confederación Nacional Turística (CNT), safety is a problem “only in some parts of Mexico” and it “has not affected the major tourist areas of the country.”

Villa del Palmar Loreto, on Baja California Sur’s eastern coast, could well become one of Mexico’s next luxury destinations with the debut of the first phase of the 1,800-acre Danzante Ba development.

Universal Vacation Club describes Loreto,

You may have seen the color aqua before. But never like this. This water is untouched. This earth is unspoiled. And this aqua is uncommonly brilliant. Bay of Loreto is one of the few remaining places on earth worthy of its most common description, pristine. The bay is blessed with enormous amounts of natural beauty, yet it is largely undeveloped. It seems the world is just now discovering how magical this setting really is. In the distance, the five islands that float on the horizon of the Sea of Cortez have formed an ecological barrier creating an underwater concentration of every spectacular sea animal one can imagine. And with the mountains reaching into the brilliant, sun-soaked skies, it is not only hard to believe it is real, it is nearly impossible to endure the moments before you arrive.

Villa Group Resorts, a privately owned hotel company with 12 properties in eight locations in Mexico, recently opened its $60 million Villa del Palmar Loreto. The 150-suite property features three restaurants, a 20,000-square-foot turtle-shaped pool and a spa.

The nearby Loreto Bay National Marine Park in the Sea of Cortes offers numerous snorkeling and dive trips; kayaking; and canoeing excursions. The area is home to more than 800 species of marine life.

Mexico is experiencing its bloodiest year of drug violence yet, but that’s not stopping domestic and international vacationers alike from flocking to Villa del Palmar Loreto.


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