Facts About Mexico

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U.S./Mexico Relations

Mexico is the number ONE vacation destination for U.S. citizens with approximately 20 million visitors annually. Reasons for travel to Mexico include the warm, friendly people of Mexico, the beauty, culture and history, not to mention the strength of the U.S. dollar. In fact, it is more economical to vacation in Mexico than many domestic options, making it the only feasible vacation option for many Americans during a bad U.S. economy.

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General Information

The word "Mexico" is derived from Mexica (pronounced "Me-shee-ka"), the name for the indigenous group that settled in central Mexico in the early fourteenth century and is best known as the Aztecs.

The original people of México had advanced knowledge of science, mathematics, astronomy and medicine. That past still permeates the land and can be found in the traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.

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Culture/History

The culture and history of Mexico lures many of the U.S. tourists. Dating back to the fourteenth century Aztecs, Mexico is rich with remnants from its past. See “Facts About Mexico” and “Mexico’s Most Popular Destinations” for more information.

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Truth - Travel Warning

First... Mexico is safe for tourists! Yes, there is violence in Mexico if you travel to the wrong areas, JUST AS THERE IS VIOLENCE IN THE U.S. if you travel to the wrong areas. Are you afraid to go to New Orleans or Washington DC? Did you know that these cities are more dangerous then Mexico? Do not travel to Mexico, or anywhere else, having left your common sense at home.

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FONATUR

FONATUR (Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo /National Trust for the Promotion of Tourism) is Mexico’s National Institution responsible for developing and planning the main tourist destinations in Mexico.

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AMDETUR

AMDETUR is the Mexican Resort Development Association (Asociación Mexicana de Desarrolladores Turísticos) it represents 90% of the Resort Development Industry in Mexico including Vacation Real State, Condominium Rentals and other services related to the industry.

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