Cancun and Mexico’s Riviera Maya abuzz with tourists despite violence

Published on : Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cancun and Mexico’s RivieraDespite a wave of violence in recent months that prompted officials to deploy a large number of security forces members in the region, tourists are flocking to Cancun and Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

 

Officials launched “Operation Riviera Maya” in early April, deploying 600 army troops to patrol areas affected by a wave of violence since January that included attacks on the Blue Parrot club in Playa del Carmen and the prosecutor’s office in Cancun. Last week, 450 National Gendarmerie members arrived in Cancun to patrol tourist districts.

 

Visitors are arriving by air, sea and land in the Cancun-Riviera Maya corridor, where nearly 1,500 soldiers and local, state and federal law enforcement agents are providing security.

 

The governments of the cities that are home to Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mexico’s top two tourist destinations, have taken measures to protect tourists and tourism industry workers.

 

The governments of the cities that are home to Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mexico’s top two tourist destinations, have taken measures to protect tourists and tourism industry workers.

 

Cancun International Airport set an arrivals record on April 8, handling 619 flights – 177 domestic and 442 foreign – and welcoming 86,000 visitors in just one day. About 6,000 people a day are arriving in Cancun on buses, tourism officials said.

 

Most visitors on road trips come from Yucatan and Campeche states and stay with friends or relatives, but they still provide a boost to the tourist industry.

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