Police have issued a warning to US Tourists
According to the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office, Cancun is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Americans, 35 million of whom visited Mexico in 2017.
The State Department urges Americans traveling to Cancun, Mexico to exercise extreme caution, but it hasn’t updated its travel advisory because of the deaths, despite several press reports saying otherwise.
Even though none of the bodies were found in the city’s hotel area, the extreme brutality of the killings has stoked fear among not just residents but also tourists.
“Two of the male victims were found Tuesday dismembered in several plastic bags. A man and a woman were discovered killed in an abandoned taxi. Another man was found bound and shot to death, with another shot and covered in a plastic bag. A seventh victim was killed lying in a hammock, and details of the eighth were not yet available”
None of the victims are believed to be Americans or tourists of other nationalities.
Quintana Roo, the state that includes Cancun and other popular tourist hot-spots like Tulum, Playa del Carmen
After the news of the eight bodies discovered on Tuesday was released to the public, the State Department issued a separate advisory on Wednesday, and an official said to ABC News in a statement that it wasn’t related to the slayings in Cancun.
Instead, the only update to the advisory was to the same security alert for Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. Since July 13, United States government employees have been faced with travel restrictions in and around the city, including a ban on traveling to downtown without permission in advance because of a string of daytime killings.
The homicide rate in Mexico is currently at its highest level in decades. In 2017, there were 31,174 — that’s a huge a 27% rise — according to a July report from Mexico’s National Statistics Institute. While the violence overwhelmingly affects locals more than visitors, there have been , incidents involving Americans this year when five Americans were among the 24 injured when an explosion tore through a ferry to Cozumel.
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