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Council for Foreign Relations Says Mexico’s Tourist Areas Are Safe

21 July, 2013

As one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations,Mexico is often the focus of favorable worldwide media attention,but in recent years there has also been much written about drug-related violence along the country’s northern borders. Fortunately,the troubled areas remain quite isolated and are literally thousands of miles away from Mexico’s major tourism hubs,which remain as safe or safer than any major city,according to senior analyst Sean O’Neil at the Council for Foreign Relations,and other leading experts.

“The tourist areas are typically safe,” O’Neil told CNN.

In addition,the updated travel advisory from the U.S. State Department contains no changes from the last analysis,which came out in November of 2012. As Travel Weekly reports,tourist destinations such as Cancun,Tulum,the Riviera Maya,Cabo San Lucas,Puerto Vallarta,Merida,Cozumel and Playa del Carmen real estate remain totally exempt from any warnings. Instead,the report focuses on encouraging travelers to exercise caution in specific areas,particularly in isolated pockets near the U.S. border.

There are also signs that Mexico overall is becoming much safer,as the security situation even in troubled areas improves and drug-related violence declines rapidly. The progress is thanks at least in part to President Peña Nieto’s new security strategy,which employs a variety of progressive measures designed to reduce violence so people feel safer,and it appears to be working.

“Drug-related killings have decreased in recent months,” writes the Wall Street Journal. “Mr. Peña Nieto’s security policy is creating a better climate in Mexico.”

In addition,Reuters reports,“the majority of foreign and domestic companies in Mexico say security has either improved or remained unchanged from last year,and almost half expect more improvement within five years.” This news according to a survey released in late May by the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico.

The survey attributed the improved situation to the combined efforts of federal authorities in conjunction with those of the corporations. Also of note,almost 20 percent of the survey respondents noted that they expect the situation to continue improving throughout the rest of 2013,while nearly 50 percent said they expect to see a vast improvement over the next five years.