Our Sensational Media
The travel industry has a friend, and an enemy with the media.
On the one hand, the media extols the virtues or travel, accepts advertising from places to travel, allows consumers of travel to post their reviews.
On the other hand, the media is the first to sensationalize anything they percieve to be wrong with travel, and would love to "bring down" the big boys of travel.
We are a headline driven society. We see the headlines, and really don't weigh the arguments presented in the article. The headline "Over 4 Million U.S. Tourists Visit the Yucatan Penisula, Have a Great Time, Return Without Incident" never happens. This particular headline "Tourists to all-inclusive resorts in Mexico suspect they were given tainted alcohol" did happen.
It's a wonderful scare tactic article filled with "a possible lead in the investigation", "they believe they were drugged or the alcohol may have been tainted", "Robbery?... Sexual Assault?... Extortion?"
It cites facts that "The national health authority in Mexico has seized more than 1.4 million gallons of adulterated alcohol since 2010" kind of neglecting to fully mention that this is from the entire country of Mexico. It's filled with "The bootleg liquor could be infused", a condescending reference to the State Department report that "suggests they are relatively safe".
I hate it when I read that something has happened to someone on their vacation. It's a horrible, horrible tragedy. You're going to relax, see new things, spend time with your family or loved ones and it becomes a benchmark in your timeline of life. It's awful to even think about.
But I've become incredibly leery about the reporting of these awful incidents that basically assignthe blame to the institutions as the scapegoats. 4,000,000 US citizens travel to the Yucatan penisula every year. That means over the last decade 40,000,000 people have traveled there. What are the odds that something is going to happen to someone?
I looked all through the Journal Sentinel site. I saw quite a few articles about fatal shootings, drug rings, murders. All that occured within the last two weeks. Didn't find any articles saying be careful when you visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin.