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New Advisory Warns U.S. Travelers about Violence in Mexican Resort Areas

LADB Article ID: 80389
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-08-30
By: Carlos Navarro

The US State Department issued an updated travel advisory on Aug. 22 warning US citizens and residents to exercise caution when traveling to the state of Quintana Roo, including the resort areas of Cancún, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum. These resort areas top the list for the locations most visited by US travelers. “US citizens should be aware that according to Government of Mexico statistics, the state of Quintana Roo experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to 2016,” said the advisory. “In Quintana Roo, the state where Cancún is located, 169 killings were reported from January to July, more than twice as many as during the same period last year.” Although most of the homicides seemed to target members of criminal organizations, the advisory said, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in shootings in areas frequented by US citizens, and innocent bystanders have been injured or killed. The advisory also specified problems in Baja California Sur––home to Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas––a popular destination for US visitors from California. The new US advisory comes at a time when the number of US visitors to Mexico is steadily increasing––up by about 11% so far this year, according to Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid Cordero.

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