The 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico in September made big headlines, with troubling visuals of suffering and destruction. But the nation is open for business and ready to handle meetings and incentive groups, according to tourism officials.
The Mexico Tourism Board reports that nearly all tourist attractions are open and operating in Mexico, despite some damages reported in affected parts of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Mexico City and Morelos. Museums in Mexico City have been operating on normal schedules since Sept. 25, and all but six of Mexico City’s 310 designated “tourist hotels” were up and running as of press time. In Morelos, some 90 percent of hotels and 90 percent of spas are fully open.
In the city of Puebla, the airport, bus stations, hotels, restaurants and most tourist sites are operating as normal, according to government reports. But at least two attractions—Palafoxiana Library and Casa de Alfenique —were still closed as of press time, as were some streets.
Hotel companies have been quick to keep travelers informed. All Marriott International and Hyatt properties are open throughout Mexico, according to company officials. And RIU Hotels & Resorts, which has 18 hotels in Mexico, has donated $400,000 to UNICEF to help relief efforts in Mexico, including the construction of temporary classrooms and purchase of furniture and equipment for students and teachers.