Despite the violence caused by drug cartels in Mexico, the country´s tourism industry flourishes. From January to May 2011, tourism increased 2.1 percent compared to the first five months of 2010.
Some of the tourists come from the U.S., as the Department of Commerce reported that although fewer Americans travel abroad, more of them visit Mexico for holidays. Tourists from Russia, Bazil and China have also increased.
Mexican tourism authorties claim that 98 percent of tourists who come to Mexico want to come back and 99 percent recommend the country as a holiday destination.