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South of the border looking sunnier

Richard Henkel, a retired teacher from Los Angeles, speaks wistfully about his travels through small villages in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. He had the chance to return this summer, to watch his son’s friends on the Greek national volleyball team play in the Athens Olympics. But the well-traveled educator declined because of fears of terrorism. “Now we’re looking for the safe place, the place where we’re not going to get hurt,” Henkel, 68, said during a visit to this Baja California resort town known for its golf courses and marlin fishing. “I think we’re going to get to know Mexico better.” Henkel’s new travel criteria help explain the renewed optimism of government officials, hotel investors and tourism operators in Mexico. The country has begun to enjoy a tourism windfall despite the safety consciousness that has cooled international travel since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Full Story

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