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Mexico and U.S. officials meet to discuss travel alert related issues

Mexico City, Mexico — On Tuesday, Mexican and U.S. officials met to discuss the country’s travel alerts. The Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, met with the Undersecretary of State for Consular Affairs of the United States, Ambassador Rena Bitter, to address issues related with travel alerts.

Torruco Marqués delivered a document outlining actions carried out by the government to guarantee the safety of tourists. The head of the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) described the meeting as an opportunity to suggest that the travel alerts issued by the United States detail the areas that could represent problems and not generalize, since some isolated cases of insecurity are located several kilometers from tourist destinations.

In a press release, Torruco Marqués reported a cordial meeting where he found openness and willingness to attend to the suggestions. Bitter noted that Mexico is, for a variety of reasons, the main destination for Americans, while acknowledging the travel alert suggestions.

Torruco reported that according to the Migration Policy Unit of the Ministry of the Interior, during the first quarter of the year, more than 3.1 million Americans arrived by air, a 101.2 percent increase over the same period in 2021 and 14.1 percent more than pre-pandemic 2019.

While in Washington, Torruco also held meetings with airline directors where they discussed air connectivity and the promotion of the Mexican airport system through the new Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), the airport of Tulum, Creel, Chihuahua and Tepic, Nayarit.