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Mexico: Cholera Outbreak Reported

Date: October 18th, 2013 | No Comments

More than 150 cases of cholera have been reported across five states in central Mexico, with the highest number of cases in Hidalgo. At least one person has died. Officials say that Veracruz, San Luis Potosi and Mexico City are also among the areas with documented infections in the region’s first outbreak since 2001. Cholera [read more]

Mexico: Tourist-Zone Crime Adds to Image Problem

Date: February 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Another barrage of negative headlines has thrust Mexico into the international spotlight, but this time its tourist zones are directly involved, increasing safety concerns and worrying those who rely on tourism jobs and revenue. Recent media coverage of a daytime murder in Mexico City’s busy Zona Rosa, along with the case of six Spanish tourists [read more]

Mexico: 100 People Injured in Inaugaration Protests

Date: December 5th, 2012 | No Comments

At least 100 people were injured when violent protests broke out at the Dec. 1 inauguration of President Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City. Groups of masked men attacked security forces, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails, and vandalizing several local businesses. Traffic in the already congested capital remained gridlocked for hours as riot police used [read more]

Mexico: Tour Offers Simulated Illegal Border Crossing to U.S.

Date: September 12th, 2012 | No Comments

For about $18, tourists can experience a simulated illegal border crossing, complete with strenuous night-hiking through wild desert terrain and verbal abuse from fake “coyotes” or guides. While some may question its tastefulness, operators of “La Caminata” (the hike) and residents of El Alberto, the small town where it takes place about 60 miles from [read more]

Mexico: All Airport Police Replaced After Drug Shootout

Date: August 21st, 2012 | No Comments

To reassure the public and avoid further scandal, Mexico City has replaced all 348 airport police after a deadly shootout occurred inside Benito Juarez airport June 25. The incident involved three officers suspected of drug trafficking who opened fire on their colleagues and were then shot dead inside a busy terminal, shocking travelers who have [read more]

Mexico: Storm Clean-up Could Take Weeks

Date: October 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

Storms that hit Acapulco in late September killed up to 139 people, prompted 25,000 tourists to be airlifted and continue to cause problems for locals and tourists alike. Flights have resumed out of Acapulco’s international airport, but roads to the airport were closed because of power outages and flooding Sept. 26. With heavy rain in [read more]

Mexico: President Rolls Out Plans to Restore Passenger Trains

Date: February 6th, 2013 | No Comments

As early as 2014, travelers could be rolling across the Yucatan Peninsula by train, bypassing traffic-clogged, hazardous highways in air-conditioned comfort. As part of his Dec. 1 inaugural address, President Peña Nieto announced an ambitious, multibillion-dollar plan to rejuvenate and modernize the country’s rail system, including new passenger lines that would cater to tourists, and [read more]

Mexico: Acapulco Cracking Down on Police Corruption

Date: November 7th, 2012 | No Comments

The mayor of Acapulco has announced that 500 of the resort city’s police officers—more than 20 percent of its existing force—will be fired for corruption. A mass layoff is scheduled to take effect in January, and the mayor has requested that the federal government step in to help secure the city of 800,000 people. Acapulco’s [read more]

Mexico: Archeologists Protest Construction, Tourist Events at Ruins

Date: August 28th, 2012 | No Comments

Outraged archeologists have occupied the National Museum of Archeology in Puebla to protest the government’s careless treatment of historic sites. In a growing cultural tug-of-war, historians and activists have become increasingly protective of Mexico’s pre-Columbian riches and colonial ruins, while the government sponsors everything from rock concerts at Aztec pyramids to mindless construction in and [read more]

Mexico: Raw Sewage Contaminates Popular Beaches

Date: August 7th, 2012 | No Comments

At the peak of summer vacation season, a number of popular beaches in Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta, Veracruz and other tourist areas are registering high levels of bacterial contamination. Environmental reports that measure levels of enterococci (E. coli)—harmful bacteria that cause gastrointestinal and respiratory infections—are showing extremely poor water quality in 22 of 29 tourist [read more]

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