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Mexico faces serious increase in security in tourist areas

The Government of Mexico is aware of the perception of some insecurity in the main tourist areas, although it considers that it is not an indiscriminate violence with innocent victims as in other countries.

Cancún (Mexico), Oct. 18 (EFE) .- The Government of Mexico is aware of the perception of some insecurity in the main tourist areas, but considers that it is not a violence In an interview with Efe, the Secretary of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid, pointed out that insecurity in Mexico is concentrated in criminal groups that fight with each other, without indiscriminate violence in which concertgoers or innocent children die in a school. "We do not have that type of violence with indiscriminate shootings, "said De la Madrid in the tourist city of Cancun, located in the Mexican Caribbean, due to his participation in the Travel Mart fair. attending tourism agencies, hoteliers and service providers of this industry.

De la Madrid stressed that the Government of Mexico works on two main lines to address the problem of insecurity in the country's tourist destinations.

On the one hand, he said, work is being done on strengthening security institutions and integrating society and, for another, on the issue of perception, because although it can not be denied that as a country it registers levels of insecurity on the rise, this is a global problem that affects countries equally

"As a country we have to work on reality, strengthen our institutions. Unfortunately some levels of insecurity have risen, but we must insist that we suffered indiscriminate violence from other countries, "he added.

De la Madrid indirectly referred to the 58 recent deaths in Las Vegas at a concert or incidents "We also do not have the violence in which you are in a cafe in some European country and someone comes and 'balances.' What we have unfortunately they are conflicts between criminals who try to gain ground in squares. our, as in other countries have theirs and that there is no country in the world that is free of problems of insecurity, we are taking it very seriously, "he said. secretary of Tourism highlighted the increase in the arrival of tourists to Mexico, despite the global uncertainty and the impact on the tourism sector of the growing level of insecurity.

number of visitors arriving in Mexico by plane is growing at rates of 12 percent per year, for me that is the best proof that the road is the right one, that we are managing to transmit the information, "he said.

De la Madrid insisted that most of the conflicts that have occurred in the country are due to clashes between groups criminals and although there are loss of lives, there are mostly no civilian victims, nor do tourists die.

According to data from Mexico's tourism ministry, from January to August 26 million international tourists arrived in the different destinations of the country, 12% more than in the same period of 2016, attracting 14,706 million dollars, 9.7% more than in the same period last year.

To reinforce security in tourist areas, Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquín González announced that in the coming weeks will install three thousand surveillance cameras.

This measure is part of the strategies to ensure the safety of the population in general and tourists visiting the destination.

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