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Industry calls on Mexican gov't to intervene following Cancun shooting

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  •   11-14-2021  10:36 pm
  •   Pax Global Media

Industry calls on Mexican gov't to intervene following Cancun shooting
Pax Global Media

The dust has settled almost two weeks after a shooting took place on Nov. 4 in Puerto Morelos, which is just south of Cancun.

The incident involved two suspected drug dealers being killed after gunmen wearing ski masks arrived by boat on the beach of the upscale Azul Beach Resort and Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun.

The shootout, which reportedly involved members of rival drug cartels, sent foreign tourists running for cover in the hallways and lobbies of their hotels.

In an earlier statement, Gov. Carlos Joaquin called the attack "a serious blow to the development and security of the state…putting the image of the state at grave risk."

in a statement, a spokesperson for Playa Hotels & Resorts said resort activities at Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun were able to resume the same day of the incident. 

“As soon as the situation occurred Thursday afternoon, November 4, the hotel team immediately implemented guest safety protocols and engaged local authorities, in an effort to ensure the safety of guests and colleagues,” the statement said. “Later that day, local authorities confirmed Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun may resume normal operations after they conducted a thorough investigation of the hotel. The hotel elevated security measures on property and local areas have increased presence of local authorities, as well.”

The event had no direct link with tourism and it was not the tourists themselves who were targeted.

While no tourists were killed, four Americans were injured and several others were terrorized, feeling trapped in the middle of a violent gang war.

The President of the Association of Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres Hotels Roberto Cintrón stressed that the attack on Nov. 4 could not be called an isolated event.

Another incident involving gun violence between rival gangs occurred in Tulum two weeks before the shooting in Puerto Morelos whereby a California travel blogger and a German tourist were struck and killed in the crossfire.

Cintrón has urged governments of the state and the country to urgently address the problem of insecurity in tourist destinations in Quintana Roo and intervene.

Travel advice remains the same

Meanwhile, it should be noted that the Government of Canada has not changed its travel advice for Mexico following the shooting on Nov. 4.

However, in its advice, Global Affairs Canada mentions that “the number of violent crimes…continues to increase, year after year, throughout Mexico, even in popular tourist destinations.”

“Although most incidents appear to be gang related, innocent bystanders can be injured or killed. You may be in the wrong place at the wrong time and be the victim of a violent crime,” the department says. 

Overall, the department recommends that Canadians exercise a high degree of caution in Mexico due to high levels of criminal activity and kidnapping.

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