Barren. Arid. Boring. Like Mars.
Recently, the New Mexico Department of Tourism conducted focus groups in
I wasn’t completely unaware of
Yet here’s where this all gets squirrelly. Clearly, people ARE visiting
- 2011 TripAdvisor Top 10 Food Destinations (#7)
- 2011 Travel + Leisure Favorite Cultural Getaway (#1)
- 2011 Away.com Top 10 Christmas Destinations (#4)*
- 2011 Conde Nast Traveler Top 10
Cities (#3)** US
*See my Christmas Eve in Santa Fe blog; **Believe it or not,
Then there’s the fact that the New York Times certainly considers New Mexico a worthy destination to cover at least once a year, with a recent 36 Hours in Albuquerque piece (yes, Albuquerque!) as well as past features like The Art of Being Santa Fe and The Thrifty Wintry Charms of Santa Fe. I’ve also seen recent features on
So I ask, where is this poor or vague reputation coming from? Clearly, it’s not from the travel media, which treats
It also makes it a ball hosting first-time visitors to the state – who are by far the majority of our visitors – and introducing them to a landscape unlike anything most have ever seen. It is just so different here, and entirely unlike
Or maybe they shouldn’t say anything, and we’ll just keep it our little secret.