Swine Flu Fears Turn Some Mexican Resorts Into Virtual Ghost Towns

May 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The popular Mexican coastal resorts that lure millions of travelers from around the world to their tropical shores, are usually filled this time of year with couples and families booking all inclusive resorts or embarking from hundreds of cruise ships, but no more.

In the wake of the swine flu epidemic, which originated in Mexico and so far has infected 2,800 people and taken 66 lives, the town of Cancun and regions along the famed Mexican Riviera, such as Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta stand eerily empty as virtual ghost towns.

Many cruise ships have ceased operations in Mexico all together, which has severely curtailed tourism in the popular ports of call of Mazatlán, and Ixtapa. Empty restaurants have been forced to close and jet ski, snorkeling, para-sailing and other water sports enterprises have idle equipment baking in the sun.

Many tourism workers have lost their jobs and the empty hotels mostly field cancellation calls these days. Swine flu fears have devastated this coastal region where 90 percent of its economy depends on tourism.

The lovely resort region of Cancun, located on the eastern coast of Mexico has been particularly hard hit. Nearly 17 Cancun hotels have completely shut down and more closures are expected. The situation is so dire; one hotel is even offering a “flu-free guarantee.” The Royal is promising visitors free, future vacations if guests contract the swine flu within 14 days of checking out.

Although the swine flu continues to spread around the globe, the rate of infection seems to be slowing down in Mexico. And Cancun is one of the least affected regions, with only 11 confirmed cases so far.

For travelers searching for great deals, and don’t mind a little flu with their getaways, Cancun offers discounts galore. The hotels are slashing prices and even airfare to Mexico is dirt-cheap right now.

The only drawback, well besides swine flu, is that once you arrive at the beautiful Mexican tourist spots, you face the prospect of dining in empty restaurants and dancing the night away in deserted nightclubs.

However, the quiet and solitude may be an asset to a honeymooning couple. The glass bottomed boat rides will just be a few fellow revelers short. But hey, that means more margaritas for you.

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  6. Mexico vacations on May 18th, 2009 1:15 pm

    The US State Dept just released a Mexico- H1N1 Influenza Travel Alert No Longer in Effect statement today, so maybe things will start to swing back to normal. I guess we’ll just have to see. But no crowds and cheaper rates sound pretty good to me!

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