Mexican tourism officials are urging travellers to keep their travel plans a go, saying there is no need to cancel vacation plans to Mexico’s top hot spots as the Mexico Tourism Board continues to improve on efforts to reduce the risk of Zika virus.
Through ongoing proactive communications and meetings with tourism destinations and travel partners, the goal is to keep the flow of information sharing open through open dialogue. Preventive measures and educational materials have been developed and disseminated, including posters and key facts; and infection reducing procedures are being reinforced.
“Our Mexico tourism partners continue to demonstrate their strength in addressing travellers’ concerns,” says Jack E. Richards, president and CEO of Pleasant Holidays. “It’s very clear they are committed to being very proactive to reduce the risk of Zika, especially in the primary beach destinations of Huatulco, Mazatlan, Vallarta-Nayarit, Ixtapa, Cancun, Riviera Maya and Los Cabos. The Mexico Tourism Board sets a high standard for others to follow in similar situations.”
The latest reports from Mexico are a total of 65 cases in eight states. Of the prior 34 reported cases, patients are on the road to recovery and new cases are being treated immediately. Officials note that the cases in Mexico represent a nominal percentage (less than .003%) of all the cases globally.
“The reality is Zika virus does not pose a massive risk to health in Mexico,” says Pablo Kuri Morales, Mexican Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion.