The Governor of Quintana Roo has responded to the somewhat negative press Mexico tourism has been dealing with since the updated U.S. travel warning. His response is both open and rational, confident of the state of Riviera Maya tourist safety.
Quintana Roo’s Dedication to Riviera Maya Tourist Safety
In his response, Carlos Joaquín González, the Governor of Quintana Roo, focused on the positive work of his administration. One of the primary functions of their work is to safeguard the residents and visitors to the state. In order to do this, security policy is of utmost importance. This is never more true than after the U.S. State Department decided to include Quintana Roo in it’s updated travel warning.
Joaquín González highlighted the progress that has been made places such as Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum and Chetumal when it comes to safety. For example, he confirmed that “In Cancún, the state’s preventive police office increased to 100 the number of assigned officers with a total of 25 patrol cars, in order to reinforce the surveillance in non-touristic areas of the city.”
In Tulum Puebla, a new mobile police station has recently been installed. This year, the state began an operation of installing 3800 security surveillance cameras throughout the 11 municipalities of the Quintana Roo. 1,000 alone will be placed in Playa Del Carmen. Finally, Joaquín González confirmed that, “The National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA), has deployed more than 600 elements, that will work in collaboration with 400 Federal Police officers, to conduct security operations across the state.”
Riviera Maya Tourism is Prospering
The other focus of Joaquín González’s address was the state of Riviera Maya tourism. And the overall conclusion is that travel warning or no travel warning, Riviera Maya tourism is prospering.
The State Tourism Secretariat states that 52% of visitors to the Riviera Maya return at least once. Some return multiple times. Mexico tourism as a whole is also weathering the warning extremely well. The Mexico Tourism Board has announced a 9.6% increase in U.S. visitors to Mexico. This is for the period between January and July 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. It also appears that Mexico tourism is set to break another record by the end of this year. This is according to the Secretary of Tourism Enrique de la Madrid Cordero.
The state government isn’t brushing aside the travel warning. However, they are dedicated to the safety operations put in place. Moreover, they are assured of how little this will affect tourism in the area. Most importantly, they are confident of Riviera Maya tourists safety.