Standing for the tourism sector, which is now plagued by numerous reports of increased violence in popular destinations, the Government of Mexico formally asked the United States to not ‘generalize’ when issuing travel advisories.
That is, it suggests any alerts that affect entire towns and / or states should be more specific.
Even if Mexico undeniably remains a top rated holiday destination for millions of Americans, security concerns raised by U.S. authorities have led to speculation that the country may no longer be safe. Even in Cancun, where the National Guard is deployed to keep tourists safe, the advisories have proven to be even more damaging.
Today, Mexico fiercely defensive his laborious reputation as a tourist oasis:
Mexico Wants More Transparency From U.S. Authorities On Travel Warnings
The success of the mission to crown Mexico as one of the most visited countries in the world after Covid, Tourism Secretary Miguel Torruco is now working to resolve the scrutiny of the country’s security forces recently. Despite Mexico’s best efforts, many now believe it is a country to be avoided because of its high crime rate.
The change of perspective can be attributed to the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, which lists only two Mexican states out of 32 are completely safe for American travelers, the Campeche and Yucatan. In comparison, travel warnings have been slapped on all the other major tourist destinations, including Quintana Roo, Baja California Sur and Jalisco.
As stated by Travel Advisory, Americans need to rethink, or be careful to travel to these destinations because of crime and even the risk of kidnapping. In anticipation of the coming trouble, Torruco asked to meet with Rena Bitter, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs.
During the Washington meeting, where other concerns were also debated, Torruco suggested that travel alerts be issued by the U.S. Department of State. should be more specific in their classification of risk zones in Mexico. As Torruco said, they need to ‘detail areas that may represent problems and not generalize’.
While Travel Advisory is rather extensive, and security alerts are somewhat more detailed under each designated section of the Mexican state, it fails to define more precisely which neighborhoods, or zones, are affected by crime in related towns.
However, the U.S. State Department chose to advise Americans to be careful when visiting them in general.
Quintana Roo Is One Of The Destinations Targeted By The US State Department
Let’s take the example of Quintana Roo: the advisory mentions ‘criminal activity and violence can occur in any location, any hour, among popular tourists ’destinations. What’s more, the advisory says travelers should exercise ‘extra caution’, especially after dark, when walking in downtown Cancun, Tulum or Playa del Carmen.
There may be real grain to it, however the same can be said about any other destination, or any other country. As Torruco testified, ‘some isolated cases of uncertainty were found a few kilometers from tourist destinations’, bringing up the question of the U.S. State Department’s classification of the top 3. towns in Quintana Roo unsafe.
While we can expect Torruco to defend Quintana Roo’s honor, we also know that there have been shootings in tourist zones, including the interior of luxury complexes, that give weight to the U.S. classification.
However, in his defense, they are not targeted tourists and instead resulted in gang disputes, something even the United States recognized.
The Mexican Government Is Ready To Deal With The Rise Of Violence In Tourist Areas
Despite the obvious disagreement on what a safe tourist destination is, Torruco considered the meeting ‘good’ and found it ‘openness and willingness to accept the proposal’. Meanwhile, Mexico is taking more steps to stop the crime trendincluding cracking down on corrupt police officers who are known to extort tourists.
Torruco also personally handed Bitter a document describing actions taken by municipal, state and federal authorities to protect American tourists on Quintana Roo, hoping the U.S. will reconsider the warnings of travel. Or then, at the very least, that’s okay the Mexican Government is ready to deal with the escalation of violence.
Finally, he noted that 3.18 million Americans traveled to Mexico in the first quarter of the year, highlighting the close links between the two North American countries and need for cooperation on safety issues.
To date, the U.S. State Department has not made significant changes to its classification of Mexican states, although any updates will be published here.
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