U.S. State Department Warns Against Traveling to Mexico
POSTED: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:55pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 5:43pm
EL PASO - The U.S. State Department has a warning tonight for all Americans.
It says we should avoid travel to 14 of Mexico's 31 states including Chihuahua, right across the border.
But, even with this travel warning and the shooting of a 10 year-old El Paso boy this week, some say it is safe.
Days of fun in the sun on Mexican beaches are still possible for American tourists.
The U.S. State Department issued a warning this week about the security situation in Mexico and the risk of travel, but the president of Sun Travel, Paul Coleman, in El Paso said he doesn't expect much of an impact.
"The majority of our clientele from the El Paso region and so they're intimately familiar with what's been going on in Mexico over the years and so they know the areas of Mexico to avoid and they know which areas are safe," Coleman said.
Coleman said Mexico used to be the number one destination for his agency, until the violence escalated in 2008.
"Unfortunately, when everything started happening in Mexico a lot of people took Mexico off of their map altogether when it came to travel. So, a lot of people started looking for alternatives," Coleman said.
But, the General Consul of Mexico, Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez, says he knows there are problems, but he calls the new warning an exaggeration.
"It's not that big of a problem to go to Mexico at this moment. We are receiving at least a million visitors every month from different parts of the world," Rodriguez said.
He claims most big Mexican tourist destinations are safe.
"At the Mexican resorts there's no problem at all and that is the main destination of the American people," Rodriguez said.
Cities like Cancun and Cabo San Lucas aren't on the state departments warning list, but Coleman says those resorts are still suffering.
"The message they're trying to get out through us and that were trying to get out as well is, go down to Mexico it is safe in certain places it is safe and they're desperately wanting you to get down there," Coleman said.
Again, the state of Chihuahua is on the advisory list.
The U.S. State Department warns that you should avoid traveling there, especially Ciudad Juarez.
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