Mexico Today

21 Jun

Anyone who reads my blog knows just how much I love Mexico. It’s a beautiful country filled with incredible people and amazing natural resources. Regular readers have seen me get very frustrated whenever Mexico or Cancun come under attack from the media. For the last week or so, my Mexican and foreign friends here in Cancun have been talking a lot about a recent article by MSNBC Travel called “Time to Say Adios to Mexico Travel?” The article refers to Cancun as an “increasingly violent hotspot” (ha!) and even includes a poll asking readers if they’d travel to Mexico. 72% said no. That makes me so incredibly sad.

How on earth are we going to convince 72% of the population that Mexico is, in fact, a safe country? How can I get them to see what I see when CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC, etc, are out on a smear campaign to post sensationalist stories to draw in readers? Over the past few years, Mexican and expat bloggers alike have been fighting back by commenting on articles and voicing thoughts on their own blogs, but our voice has been relatively small compared to the powerful media we’re up against. The frustration of defending something you love so much only to have few people believe you is very disheartening.

A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail from Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide stating the folling:

“I’m writing today on behalf of the Mexico Tourism Board’s Marca Pais – Imagen de Mexico initiative, to invite you to join the Mexico Today program.  The program will empower writers like you to share Mexico’s true stories with the people who need to hear them the most … Marca Pais – Imagen de Mexico, is a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and an unrivaled tourist destination. This program is designed to shine a light on the Mexico that its people experience every day.”

How could I say no?

I’m proud to annouce that I will be working with Ogilvy and the Mexico Tourism Board in their Mexico Today program, along with many other Mexico bloggers! I’m so excited that we finally have the voice and the resources we need to accomplish what we’ve been trying to do for a long time now.

While this is a paid position, everything that I write will be my own opinion. I’ll be meeting up with most of the people involved in the Mexico Today project this weekend on al all-expenses-paid trip to Oaxaca, and I can’t wait to get started! I’ll give you all the details on my trip as soon as I get back next week. Click here (or on the badge on my right sidebar) to visit Mexico Today’s Facebook page.

If you love Mexico as much as I do, I hope you follow along with the Mexico Today team as we try to reclaim Mexico’s reputation for what this country truly is: a fascinating place with incredible beauty and a warm, unique culture.

Once the dust of Mexico has settled on your heart, you have no rest in any other land.” -Anita Brenner, Mexican author

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30 Responses to “Mexico Today”

  1. Ang June 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    so super awesome! That’s such a perfect fit for you – I can’t wait to hear more about what you’ll be doing. I’m so happy that you’ll be taking part in something that you believe in so much! Congrats!

  2. Nikki June 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    What a great opportunity. Can’t wait to hear more about the beautiful country. It seems like if tourism drops off, things will only get worse. I hope it doesn’t become unsafe, it’s one of my favorite places!

  3. April June 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    What a great opportunity! And I love that quote!

  4. Ashlie June 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Congratulations Laura! Enjoy your trip! From someone who has been living in Mexico for 17 years I too find it extremely frustrating and sad about the world’s misconception about Mexico in general.And I too try to share my positive vision and experiences of Mexico through my blog. My hometown of Vancouver has recently been underfire because of a riot that broke out after a hockey game, which was started by a few anarchists, and which now has people reconsidering travel there. This greatly angers me and saddens me as well.

    • gringation June 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

      Thanks, Ashlie! I heard about the riots. Sad situation, but I’ve heard so many great things about Vancouver that one incident wouldn’t come close to keeping me away!

    • Rebounding Master July 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

      I’m glad to see someone fighting for what they believe in whether I agree with them or not. Yes the media is a problem now a days but I have just recently returned from Mexico myself last week. I can tell you I have been to Mexico several times over the last 15 years and I have never felt as many eyes on me as I did this last trip. It makes me feel very uneasy and as a result the comments made by the media have a bigger affect on my mine. I will not be returning any time soon.

  5. Leslie Pluto-Daniels June 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    GREAT article! I sent it to my husband. We are in love with Mexico. As a matter of fact we just got back from getting alot of dental work done in Cancun. People here in NYC thought we were nuts. As I expected, when we returned with wonderful photos and amazing dental work, for half the cost of American dentists – THEY all want to go now. I love your blogs, and look forward to them. The one with the slugs cracked me up lol. Are you on facebook, if so – How do I find you?

    All the Best!

    Leslie in NYC

    • gringation June 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, Leslie! During my time here, I’ve seen that Mexico has great medical services at even better prices. You don’t have to sacrifice quality for price here. It’s wonderful.

  6. holyokehome June 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    What a PERFECT and wonderful opportunity to work with like minded folks on a cause in which you believe! AWESOME!!! Can’t wait to learn more!

  7. DM June 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    This is a great opportunity for you. It’s really fabulous trhat you are going to get your voice heard, and the world will get the opportunity to see what Mexico is really all about. Congratulations!!!

  8. KfromMichigan June 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    You know how dear Mexico is to me .. when people say bad things I explode! Don’t talk bad about my second home. I have so many positive stories about my 28 years of traveling to Cancun and the Yucatan. The media can hear one bad thing and really blow it up. The sad thing is, people believe everything the media has to say. Congrats to you. I’m sure you and Kelly will write great positive articles. Have fun this weekend!

  9. Kristi S June 22, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    What an honor, congrats!

  10. Amy Brown June 22, 2011 at 4:36 am #

    Congratulations, Laura, on an exciting new opportunity that sounds perfect for you. We look forward to following you in many places.

  11. Rebekah June 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Congratulatations, Laura! This is such a great opportunity, and you get to do something you love!

  12. Amy Gramaglia June 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Great news Laura. What an opportunity to represent Cancun and educate us. I look forward to reading your posts here and at Mexico Today. Congrats on an honor well deserved.

  13. T. June 22, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Congrats!

  14. Harri June 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    What a great opportunity! I am so pleased for you! So happy that finally the people who know the truth actually have a voice and someone helping them to be heard and happy that you’ll be getting paid to do something you really care about- WIN WIN!

    You must keep us updated on how it goes!!

    Congrats again 🙂 xxx

  15. RefriedDreamer June 23, 2011 at 3:08 am #

    I’m glad to hear that you’re gonna represent ME-JI-CO!!!! Mexico, with all its pros and cons, has given my family and I more opportunities and a better way of life. We couldn’t imagine moving back to the States. Saludos y mucho suerte con tu nuevo proyecto! 🙂

  16. agent asheville June 23, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    Oh yeah, Cancun was a super dangerous place to visit…I almost got a sunburn, and the bartender mixed my margarita a little too strong. Watch out!

  17. mexsecurity June 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    So happy I found your blog! What is interesting about all the over sensationalized media stories on Mexico’s violence is that tourism has increased by 8% this year. So, it is frustrating to read so many negative stories about Mexico being dangerous when the violence is generally contained in only a few states. I think a good point to make is “should people stop traveling to Vermont because of the violence in Detroit?” Thanks again for the post. I have re-blogged this over at http://mexicosecurity.org/ please stop by and leave a comment, I would love to get your incite! BTW, are you an expat?

    Thanks!
    @Secure_Mexico

  18. (FL) Girl with a New Life June 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Sounds like you are the right woman for the job, chica. Best of luck and good work.

  19. Kathryn June 29, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    What an awesome opportunity- congrats! You should be really proud of yourself that they want you to be representing their country; what an honor. I have always wanted to go to Mexico and have no reservations about visiting the country. I wonder who on earth they polled- that number seems way too high!

  20. expatsinmexico June 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    Congrats! I stumbled upon mexicotoday.org via other expat bloggers and it sounds like a neat idea, so I referenced it in my blog for expats seeking information about moving to Mexico (http://expatsinmex.com/). I wish you the best of luck and am looking forward to more of your blog posts 🙂

  21. jackieinpdx July 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    I have been reading Nancy and Kelly’s blogs for a couple of years. Once in awhile I stumble across yours. I have now added it to my bookmarks and my blog roll. Thanks for all you do to promote that it is safe to travel Mexico! My 2nd home is on Isla Mujeres.

    • gringation July 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

      Thanks, Jackie 🙂 I’m glad you enjoy the blog. My husband and I go to Isla all the time, it’s our favorite spot!

  22. GRRRL TRAVELER July 8, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    Major Congrats to you on the new job score! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you to do what you love and to turn tourists back to Mexico.

  23. Missey December 23, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Hi, my name’s Missey. About three years ago I moved to Cancun from from Colorado Springs. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your blog, I just started two a week ago one for Selvatica and one for Cancun Vista (travel agency). I love Mexico sooooo muchote and I want to help you in this effort. Please tell me what I can do. If you have any pointers for my blog I do appreciate it! I hope to stay in contact with you.

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