Whether the American media has found another country to bash when it comes to travel destinations, or the government of Mexico has finally begun to make headway in its fight against drug wars and lords, the Tripadvisor 2013 Travelers' Choice Awards confirm that vacationers have not yet gotten the message that a visit to a Mexican city, resort or beach is a safe bet. And the ratings for the state of Oaxaca which relies strongly on tourism for its economic lifeline, in particular the capital of Oaxaca de Juárez and the main two Pacific coastal resorts of Huatulco and Puerto Escondido, are just as troubling from a revenue generating perspective.

Tripadvisor is the most widely used global online forum for travelers planning a trip abroad to select hotels and other forms of lodging, restaurants, tours and activities. So when the website's annual rankings are published, it means something, albeit they arguably may be up to a year out of date.

For the Top 25 Hotels in the World category, Mexico was completely shut out, first place going to Four Seasons Hualalai, Kailua – Kano, Hawaii. In the Top 25 Hotels in Mexico category, Oaxaca received no placement, top choice going to Las Ventanas al Paraiso in San José del Cabo.

In the listing for the Top 25 Small Hotels in the World, similarly Mexico did not make the cut, the prize going to Anastasis Apartments in Greece. In the Mexico category, once again Oaxaca was persona non grata, first place going to Playa Fiesta Beach Club & Hotel in Puerto Vallarta.

Mexico's bad news continues in the category of Top 25 Romance Hotels in the World and Top 25 World Destinations. For romance Anastasis Apartments in Greece again took top spot, and for destinations Paris got the nod, in both categories not a peep from Mexico. Within the country, it was Secrets Marona Beach Riviera Cancun winning for Romance, with zilch for Oaxaca. However, while for Mexico's Top Ten Destinations the city of Oaxaca did get 8th spot, first place went to Cancun.

Mexico missed the boat once again for B & Bs and Inns, although within the country Oaxacan lodgings took 13th and 18th places. And for beach destinations, first place out of Top 25 in the World went to Rabbit Beach Islands of Sicily, with Mexico getting only one nod, 21st place for Akumal. Within the country first place went to Playa el Norte at Isla Mujeres, with the silver lining vote going to Zicatela, the famed Puerto Escondido beach.

The Mexican city of Patzcuaro did rank # 18 in the category of the Top 25 Bargain Hotels in the World for its Casa Encantada, and in fact Oaxaca picked up to votes for Bargain Hotels in Mexico, one in each of Huatulco and the city of Oaxaca .

It may very well be that it will take a little more consumer confidence for vacationers to return to Mexico, and that the $ 91 million spent by the Mexican government over a period of a year and a half in its Mexico Today program, will pay off. That is assuming the American media continues to focus on its own back yard.

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