Insecurity, the pending issue in tourist destinations
The feeling of insecurity could become the condemnation of Mexico’s tourist destinations. In recent years, cases of violence continue to increase, impacting the industry and putting the country in the eye of the hurricane at the international level.
Until now, the bad news came mainly from destinations located in the Mexican southeast; and we saw them as something distant. However, in this region of the Pacific, things are not so different. The arm of violence is reaching here, disrupting the vaunted security of the tourist strip.
In the last week, two criminal acts shook the tranquility of Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas; two destinies that, for better or for worse, are intimately related, hence what happens to one generally affects the other. On June 30, there was a shooting in the middle of federal highway 200, the road that connects both destinations, and more recently we were shocked by the cunning attack on the renowned journalist Susana Carreño, director of an important local news program.
These events, and others that have occurred in recent months, are a blow to the image of Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas and to the long-awaited recovery of the tourism sector, which, I remind you, has been one of the most affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We know that bad news “fly”, that the international traveler hears that something “bad” is happening in Mexico and then they think twice about coming, investing, etc.
Therefore, I believe that it is time for the issue to be put once again on the table of the authorities. Today more than ever it is important to be certain of security to continue being a competitive tourist destination.
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