Published on : Thursday, August 3, 2017
Violent crime is infringed on Riviera Maya, a tourism resort district in Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula, putting the risk of about $20 billion a year business from the tourism sector.
This is one of the most important tourism destinations and millions of visitors visit for the blue Caribbean Sea and the white sands, archaeological evidences and the pulsating nightlife. Playa del Carmen and Tulum, other tourism destinations in Cancun (Mexico), are also at risk for tourism.
Anti-crime activist Teresa Carmona hangs the more than 80 embroidered sheets in a park with details of those killed in Cancun. She started this work 2 years ago, but now there are around 80 sheets, projecting the differences between the citizens and the administration. According to her most of the criminal cases are not even investigated and go unpunished, which cause the increase in hooliganism.
The crime and violence between rival drug gangs has surged throughout Mexico, creeping into other popular tourism destinations, such as Los Cabos on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, resulting in homicides and the social suicides. Homicides are up 400% so far this year, underscored by the discovery of 14 bodies in a mass grave in June.
The barb in violence comes as Mexico welcomed a record 35 million foreign visitors in 2016, up nearly 9% from the previous year.
The tourism officials in Cancun acknowledged the problems of plague tourist towns. The low wages, inadequate housing for workers and increased crime, problems are popped up. Now the Tourism Secretariat announces the plans to improve housing for tourism workers.
The violence in Cancun, Mexico reflects a major problem in the society where tourism is in boom. The country listed more than 13,726 homicides between January and June. There is about 33% surge over the same period in 2016.
The administration of Mexico declared war against the drug cartels and the organized crimes by the mafia gangs, which claimed the lives of more than 200,000.
Daniel Flota Ocampo, director of Riviera Maya Tourist Promotion said the administration is taking the tourist security at its priority, because Cancun is dependent on tourism and luxury resorts with best lifestyle.