Ted Cruz gets slammed, but Americans are flocking to Cancun

The beaches in Cancun, Mexico, have been crowded despite the Covid-19 epidemic .

Barcroft Media | Barcroft Media | Getty Images

Even Sen. Ted Cruz admits his decision to vacation in sunny Cancun, Mexico, this week while his home state of Texas was suffering record cold and massive power outages was “obviously a mistake,” as he told reporters in Houston upon his hastily arranged return.

But it turns out his big error was when he went — not where.

While the Republican firebrand’s public relations instincts may have been off, his travel ones weren’t — at least according to Expedia Group. Cancun is, in fact, the No. 1 destination Americans are booking flights to in so far 2021, the online travel agency found in its 2021 Travel Trends Report. And the so-called Riviera Maya just south of Cancun, which includes seaside resorts Playa del Carmen and Tulum, is just behind, in second place. (The same study found that 56% of U.S. travelers want to take a beach vacation this year.)

More from Personal Finance:
Vacationing may rebound soon but business travel’s still off
Vaccines could spur travel but some changes are here to stay
Men more willing to take travel risks than women, study finds

That’s despite a U.S. State Department Level 3 travel advisory urging Americans to “reconsider travel to Mexico due to Covid-19,” and a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the country issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Jan. 12, the CDC announced an order requiring air passengers flying from abroad to get a Covid-19 test no more than three days before their flight to the States and to present a negative result or proof of recovery from Covid to their airline before boarding. It’s then recommended they get retested once home and quarantine for at least a week. Mexico, which has some of the world’s loosest border restrictions amid the pandemic, does not require any testing before visitors’ arrival.

Despite the hassle of testing and quarantines, tens of thousands of Americans have headed south of the border on holiday since the final weeks of 2020. The state of Quintana Roo, home to Cancun and the Riviera Maya, welcomed 961,000 visitors in that timeframe, according to the Associated Press, and nearly half were from the U.S. That’s just a 25% drop from the same pre-pandemic period a year before.

Expedia Group conducted research for the report among 2,200 Americans in December, in collaboration with data intelligence firm The Morning Consult.

Source link




For doctors who think Trump fumbled the pandemic, the tight election is seen as an insult

In the spring, U.S. medical workers were heralded as heroes. But by the fall, the rhetoric had started to shift, with the public...

This trike grows with your child

Autoblog may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. Transcript: A trike...

Earnings for apartment owners show the pain of urban flight

Pedestrians walk past commercial real estate in Manhattan.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesDecidedly weak quarterly earnings reports from major apartment real estate...

What people might not be allowed to do if they don’t get vaccinated

Demonstrator holding an anti-vaccine placard in east London on in central December 5, 2020.JUSTIN TALLIS | AFP | Getty ImagesLONDON — A perfect...

Best islands in the Philippines? What to see and do in Batanes

A cluster of islands in the northernmost region of the Philippines is so remote that they are actually closer to Taiwan than to...