Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | May 18, 2009


May 8, 2009 We would like to begin by thanking you for your ongoing and continued support, as we know it has been quite challenging. There has been an overwhelming amount of negative media coverage reported these past few weeks and we are sad to say that the majority of reporting is considered to be a lot of hype and misinformation. It is very important to understand and focus on the facts under these circumstances and our goal is to help you do just that. The Facts: • According to Mexico’s Health Minister, José Angel Córdova, of the 159 deaths reported during the flu outbreak in the country, only 16 were confirmed to be associated with the swine flu. o Only 10% of the number originally stated by the media o Population of Mexico City: 26.7 million people o Relative percentage of people infected in Mexico City: 5 ten millionths of one percent o The United States reports 38,000 deaths per year to the regular flu • According to Quintana Roo State Secretary of Tourism, no fatal cases of influenza have been reported in the main tourism destinations: Cancún, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Huatulco • The BBC has reported the influenza is in decline, according to Mexican Health Minister, Jose Cordova. • CNN reports, the health alert drop in Mexico City is a sign that Mexico City is successfully overcoming the influenza and the preventative actions taken are producing positive results, states Mexico City Mayor, Marcelo Ebrad. • The World Health Organization is NOT recommending travel restrictions. Scientific research indicates that restricting travel will be of limited or no benefit in stopping the spread of disease, according to the WHO. • CNN’s travel expert, Peter Greenberg states the H1N1 reporting has been blown out of proportion and has created an unnecessary ‘abundance of fear’. Watch the interview here. Listen to what guests currently in Mexico are saying: • “If you watch the national media, you are misinformed.” “If you’re thinking about coming to Mexico, the rates are down, the airfare is cheap, so get down here before the rest of the country finds out.” Even with the negative reports, Mexico tourism remains active and all restaurants, cafes, libraries, museums, churches and archaeological sites are open. While some airlines have reduced scheduled flights to Mexico, we would like to point out that tour operators such as Apple Vacations have maintained and will continue to maintain charter flights to Mexico. Their current $99 flight special in combination with our Spring Escape promotion – 55% savings, resort credits and kids stay free – is just something your clients can’t pass up. It’s actually the best time to travel. Plus, don’t forget to reward yourself amidst the Madness this May with bonus commission, free gas for a year and a personal Dell Inspiron™ laptop with our annual May Madness campaign. Learn how to take advantage at We strive to keep you and your clients completely informed and hope we have done just that. Again, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to working together in promotion of travel to Mexico. Viva Mexico!

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