Cancun, Q.R. — The government of Quintana Roo has issued a statement regarding the update to the US security alert published March 1 that now forbids its employees to travel to Playa del Carmen.
In relation to the decision of the US Embassy to publish the update, the government of Quintana Roo said:
In Playa del Carmen and throughout the state, tourist and economic activities take place normally. Hotel occupancy today registers 80 percent in the main tourist destinations. The police forces work day and night to preserve the tranquility of the inhabitants and visitors of Quintana Roo.
We do not know the reasons for the decision of the United States Government to issue this statement. We are attentive to collaborate with them in providing security to their citizens who visit us.
We maintain a relationship of respect, care and protection for our visitors and provide security and attention for them permanently. US visitors are welcome in Quintana Roo and Mexico.
In the security tasks, the Mexican Army, the Armed Navy of Mexico, the Federal Police, the Public Security Secretariat of the State Government and the municipal corporations participate in a coordinated manner.
The government released the statement after the US Embassy in Mexico City published a security alert citing an undetonated device regarding an out-of-service Barcos Caribe ferry.
However, investigators from Mexico and the US are still working on details of the February 21 explosion that injured several Americans, Canadians and Mexican nationals. Official details or causes have not yet been released.
The March 7 US Embassy update also includes the closure of the Playa del Carmen consular agency.