For the third year in a row, the state of Texas is warning students and others against travel to Mexico during Spring Break “as a result of continued violence throughout the country.”
Specific blame for the state’s Department of Public Safety warning is pinned on the danger from Mexico’s drug cartels and their ongoing war with authorities – and each other.
Mexico Calls Blanket Travel Warning ‘Outrageous’
This immediately prompted protests from the Mexican government. Reuters quoted a member of the Mexico Tourism Board as saying, “To paint Mexico with such a massively broad brush stroke is simply outrageous.”
Texas Attempt at being Conciliatory
According to a statement from Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw on the agency’s website, “The Mexican government has made great strides battling the cartels, and we commend their continued commitment to making Mexico a safer place to live and visit.” The statement then points out the unpredictable nature of the danger, adding “Drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat, even in some resort areas.”
No U.S. Travel Warnings for Many Mexico Resort Areas
While it is true the U.S. State Department has issued an ongoing Travel Warning on Mexico since last year, it updated its information in a revised warning issued in February, which notes several tourist favorites that are not included in the warning. These popular resort destinations include Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Oaxaca and more.