PHOTO: The Acapulco cityscape. (photo via Flickr/Prayitno)
WHY IT RATES: Acapulco authorities issue executive statement condemning the April 15 incident. - Eric Bowman, TravelPulse Senior Editor
Guerrero State Government, Acapulco authorities and tourism executives condemn the incidents that happened on Saturday, April 15 where persecution of two alleged cartel members by an organized crime group resulted in the death of those two individuals. While the attack was not directed at tourists, three locals and two tourists from Mexico City were unintentionally injured.
The state, municipal and federal authorities immediately responded to the situation to investigate and punish those involved. The Ministry of Tourism and Tourist Police provided prompt assistance to those who were injured as well as for their families, with full support including medical and lodging. The five people who were affected by this unfortunate situation are in stable condition and will continue to be supported throughout their recovery.
Tourism is a top priority for Acapulco, and the public and private sector continue to work together to provide a safe and secure environment for all. To reinforce Acapulco’s security, the government continues to instill the prevention of incidents and protection of locals and visitors through training programs for the State Police and the support of the Gendarmerie Police Force, a special division of the Federal Police.
Likewise, with the support of the Federal Government, Acapulco created its Tourist Assistance and Protection Center (CAPTA, in Spanish) to provide local and international tourists a place where they can ask questions, obtain information, report any incidents and receive assistance. CAPTA is a unique and innovative model for tourist assistance and safety that was implemented in Mexico for the first time in Acapulco.
The security actions implemented by the Guerrero Coordination Group, which includes federal and state authorities, have resulted in the decrease of high-impact crimes in Acapulco in 2017 when compared to the same periods in previous years.
SOURCE: An Acapulco press release.