The following message from my friend Tom Doody, owner of the Blue Parrot in Playa del Carmen says it all. I had to share his heartfelt message!
Well, its official: The great epidemic that never was is finally over. As of today (May 16), all international travel advisories warning against "non-essential" travel to Mexico have been lifted.
Although this is great news for us, its a bit bittersweet given the fact that--outside of the media--there never was a health crisis here in the Mexican Caribbean. Nobody here even got sick with what turned out to be a mild strain of the flu. So, we find ourselves grateful that the crisis that was never a crisis is over and hoping that somehow our devastated economy will recover.
By and large, people in the States that I'm talking to seem unaware of the desperate state of affairs here in Playa and the surrounding area. Once the "threat to all mankind" turned out to be not much of a threat to anything, CNN and the rest of the media stopped reporting the other half of the story.
In the Riviera Maya--which includes Playa del Carmen--Swine Flu hysteria has put 50% of the local population out of work without warning in the past three weeks. That means that the chances are better than 50/50 that the people that you have come to know and love over the years that you've been coming down here are on the verge of being unable to feed or care for their families.
So, if you've been putting off that vacation to your favorite spot in Playa, now is the time to come. The beaches are beautiful, the deals have never been better…and your friends in Playa really need you. Tom
Enjoy the Adventure! Suzanne
Suzanne Marie Bandick
Live your Dreams Life Coach
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