Vis­its by tourists in­creas­ing in Mex­ico

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Across Mex­ico, in­ter­na­tional tourist vis­its in­creased as drug-war ca­su­al­ties rose in 2010 — and ex­perts ex­pect both trends to con­tinue, says an ar­ti­cle in the Los An­ge­les Times.

“It’s quite re­mark­able to see tourism and vi­o­lence tal­lies ris­ing to­gether at the na­tional level,” says Charles Pope, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the Trans-Border In­sti­tute at the Uni­ver­sity of San Diego.

Mex­i­can tourism sec­re­tary Glo­ria Gue­vara Manzo has set a goal of boost­ing to­tal tourist num­bers by 15 per cent this year.

Fig­ures from the Mex­i­can govern­ment show more than 12,000 drug­war deaths in 2010, nearly twice as many as there were the pre­vi­ous year.

Al­though the vi­o­lence has been spread­ing, the govern­ment re­ports an es­ti­mated 45 per cent oc­curred in the states of Chi­huahua — south of El Paso, Texas — and Si­naloa, which in­cludes the tourist des­ti­na­tion of Mazat­lan.

Mean­while, sev­eral other states re­main rel­a­tively calm — in­clud­ing Baja Cal­i­for­nia Sur in the south­ern por­tion of the Baja Penin­sula, where six drug-re­lated deaths were re­ported last year, and Quin­tana Roo (which in­cludes Can­cun and Playa del Carmen), where 42 were killed.

In the north­ern half of the Baja penin­sula, in­clud­ing Ti­juana, the 352 drug deaths in 2010 was ac­tu­ally a de­crease from the 589 a year ear­lier.

From the tourism per­spec­tive, more than eight mil­lion in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers vis­ited Mex­ico in 2010 — nearly 18 per cent higher than 2009 and al­most seven per cent higher than 2008.

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