Travel to Mexico
got a big ol' kick in the cojones last year. The global recession spanked airlines
around the world, and since the United States was ground zero for the financial crisis
that accelerated the recession, Mexico likely lost some action from its biggest trading partner. And then swine flu came along, bringing much of the Mexican tourism and travel industry to a crawl. When I was in Los Cabos
last May, I didn't lack elbow room. Well, an 82 percent drop in Mexican tourism, according to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
, can have that effect.
To kickstart the industry and attract more people to the warm sun south of the border, the Mexican Council for the Promotion of Tourism just completed a combination game and giveaway through Facebook
. The Gracias A Ti Vive Mexcio website used Facebook Connect to make 10 people incredibly happy with free trips awarded from December 21, 2009 through the end of the year. The only catch was that you had to live in Mexico and have a Facebook page. Winners were selected by game rankings (more details over at Inside Facebook), and the top scorer got to choose from Cancun
, Puerto Vallarta
and Huatulco – and bring a guest.
With more than 1,300 fans on the Facebook
page, it looks like the promotion was a success. And, why wouldn't it be? Mexico is one of the fastest growing countries in Latin America for Facebook, with 6.67 million users.
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