Cancun CVB Responds to Texas Advisory Against Travel to Mexico
By Kerry Medina
March 07, 2012 3:11 PM
Following last March’s travel warning against spring break travel to Mexico, the Texas Department of Public Safety has issued yet another of the same. And despite what seemed a truce between the Lone Star state’s safety department and the Mexico Tourism Board this past summer, the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau has now issued its own statement vehemently disagreeing with the Texas advisory. In the statement, the Cancun CVB expresses concerns that the Texas DPS alert “may cause unnecessary fear to the more than 20,000 tourists that are scheduled to visit Cancun this spring break season” and further maintains that “the safety of our visitors is the biggest priority for the Cancun CVB and state authorities.”
The Cancun CVB statement also reassures travelers of safety and precautionary measures put in place during heavy travel periods such as spring break. The Cancun CVB expands precautionary measures and security is increased along Cancun’s public beaches, including an increased number of security rounds along the beaches and emergency units patrolling the hotel zone and public beaches nightly to provide emergency care and first aid in an emergency. Also, in conjunction with the Aquatic Rescue of the Mexican Red Cross and the Mexican Association of Lifeguards, an aid and security watch station will be located directly on the public beaches. Cancun also continues enforcing safety measures such as the toll-free 911 emergency service hotline that operates 24 hours a day with bilingual operators, as well as the C4 Center, a special unit that coordinates police efforts in order to provide immediate response during emergency situations using a system of strategically located cameras.
In light of the recently opened, 400-plus room resort Iberostar Cancun and the $140 million, 462-room Riu Palace Peninsula to open in May as well as a new Thompson Hotel just announced for Los Cabos, it would appear the international hospitality community and its financial backers would not agree with Texas’ warning against travel to the country.