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Mayor of Acapulco questions why Los Cabos, Cancun were removed from US travel warning list

Acapulco, Guerrero — Given the new alert issued by the US Department of State for Americans not to travel to five states including that of Acapulco, the mayor of Acapulco, Evodio Velázquez Aguirre regretted this unilateral decision that affects the city by a situation, he says, prevails in various locations of the country. He also questions why other cities such as Los Cabos and Cancun have been removed.

He made it clear that in Acapulco, crime rates and violent acts have been reduced by up to 50 percent according to INEGI figures. He also pointed out that in the last two years, there has not been a single incident involving a national or foreign tourist.

He emphasized that confidence in Acapulco as one of the main centers of tourist attraction in the country is reaffirmed with public investment of more than 2.5 million pesos and private for an amount exceeding $1 billion USD, which has reached the port in the last two and ten years, respectively.

Evodio Velázquez Aguirr says that in regards to the travel alert classification issued by the US Department of State, the five states of Mexico, Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas are comparable with nations such as North Korea or Iraq, declaration their decision unilateral and unjust.

He questioned why the United States removed Los Cabos and Cancun from their list, but not Acapulco when those two cities have had more violent acts recently, so he asked for “even floor” and an impartial and detailed diagnosis of the situation that exists in the port of Guerrero.

He admitted that Acapulco is affected by the problem of insecurity that prevails in other parts of the state, an issue that is extremely complex and involves social aspects such as poverty, unemployment, high school dropout and low economic and productive development.

Evodio Velazquez stressed that due to the problems of insecurity and violence before 2015, the arrival of cruise ships to Acapulco decreased significantly with 8 cruises a year, however, that figure also improved and in 2017 the arrival of 51 cruise ships was recorded, a figure that it is expected to increase in 2018.

Regarding the recent holiday period at the end of the year, it was reported that Acapulco registered an historic maximum of hotel occupancy with average occupancy of 84 percent during the 20 days of vacation, with peaks of up to 98.4 percent in two days, which represented one of its better seasons.

He reported that Acapulco is preparing for the celebration of its 500 years of foundation to be completed in 2021 with an ambitious modernization project on infrastructure, which seeks to expand the tourism offer in culture, ecological and adventure tourism, between others.