Journal articles on dating violence

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Journal articles on dating violence

He says violence in Mexico and better deals elsewhere are driving down visitors this year.American Express's tour operator Travel Impressions says it sent 100,000 passengers to Mexico last year but has seen about a 15% decline in bookings this year for independent travelers, meaning those who aren't part of a group.

Tourism is a billion-a-year industry for Mexico.MEXICO CITY—For several years, Mexico's tourism industry has weathered the storm of violence in the country, persuading vacationers to visit its beaches and ancient ruins on promises that drug-related crime wouldn't affect their travels. Many American travelers are turning their backs on Mexico, put off by some gruesome headlines.Owners of leading tour operators, including American Express recently told analysts the drug wars had "decimated leisure travel" at its Mexican resorts.Three top cruise lines say they've canceled service to Mazatlán, a resort hub that's also become the site of a drug cartel turf war."It's very hard for me to think that I'm going to convince someone who lives in Des Moines to take their first international trip to Mexico now," says Trip Barrett, Starwood's vice president of brand management in Latin America.Orbitz cites safety fears and last year's bankruptcy of Mexican airline Cia.

Mexicana de Aviación, which led to higher airfares among remaining players.Mexico's tourism officials acknowledge the challenge but say business remains vibrant and most of the violence is not in tourist districts.Some 22.4 million tourists visited in 2010, up about 4.4% from the year before.But 2009 was affected more by the economic crisis and the "swine flu" outbreak than the drug violence, even though the violence has claimed nearly 40,000 lives since 2006.Data compiled by Smith Travel Research, a firm that monitors hotel occupancies among large chains, show occupancy in Mexico so far this year either flat or declining across many mid-range hotel chains, though there were some modest gains on the higher end.A spokesman from Internet booking company Orbitz Worldwidewouldn't provide specific figures, but said travel to Mexico is lagging significantly behind previous years.