We're very disappointed that the swine flu sticky added to all tripadvisor forums today contains inaccurate information.
We have several problems with this sticky. First off, it says there have been 168 deaths from the swine flu in Mexico. According to the World Health Organization's May 1 swine flu update, "The United States Government has reported 109 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Mexico has reported 156 confirmed human cases of infection, including nine deaths." Nine deaths is a far cry from 168 deaths.
The sticky also says, "Mexico has advised citizens to stay home and businesses to close for five days. Nonessential government services have been suspended." First of all, with no date on this travel advisory, people have no way of knowing to what five days TA is referring. This is not a countrywide directive. For example, to our knowledge, no businesses in the state of Quintana Roo (the state which contains Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Tulum) have been asked to close. We own a business and have received no such order. This is likely aimed primarily at Mexico City.
We speak from first hand knowledge, as we are American citizens living and working in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Here, almost everything is normal and operational. See this thread for more information: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g150812-i23-k27535…
Tripadvisor's casual comments about this situation, leading with untrue dire news of Mexico, only serves to further heighten the already unnecessary panic over this issue, especially with regard to Mexico. The entire Riviera Maya, in which there has still not been a SINGLE CASE OF SWINE FLU reported or confirmed, is suffering economically due to this overblown panic. The people here are worried to death--not about flu but about how they will feed their families as the tourists continue to cancel their vacations.
At this point, there are far more cases of swine flu reported in the United States than Mexico, yet the focus continues to be on Mexico.
We would ask Tripadvisor to modify its post with a date, to report only accurate information and to be more cognizant of its role as a leading travel website.
Tony & Cheri
Luna Blue Hotel & Bar
Playa del Carmen, Mexico