Mexican officials have requested the US to relax travel warnings to Mexico warning residents of crime and kidnappings and to be more precise about where crimes are being perpetrated in relation to tourist attractions.
Mexico’s tourism ministry said in a press release last week that it has urged the US to modify its travel warnings to several Mexican states in order to “detail the areas that could represent problems and not generalise, as some isolated cases of insecurity are numerous kilometres from tourism destinations.”
Due to crime and abduction concerns, the United States has issued recommendations advising individuals not to go to the Mexican states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas. The famed tourist destination of Acapulco is located in the state of Guerrero.
Furthermore, the State Department has advised Americans to “rethink” visiting seven other states, including Baja California, which is home to the well-known resort town of Cabo San Lucas.
According to the press release, the US is open to changing the guidance, citing Angela Kerwin, US State Department secretary of consular affairs, as saying during a meeting that “timely information is the key to boosting tourism from the neighbouring nation to Mexico, and in this way, tourists and US residents know in a timely manner the condition of the destination they visit or where they reside.”
The government regularly examines all of its warnings in order to give Americans with the most “relevant and timely information.”
According to the spokesman, the examination is conducted without respect for political or economic issues between states.