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Tourism director says some media politically motivated to print misleading Cancun, Riviera Maya information

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo says that there are groups who have set out to intentionally affect the image of the state.

Head of the Tourism Promotion Council for Quintana Roo, Darío Flota Ocampo, says that there are editorial groups in the United States and Britain setting out to intentionally taint the image of the state as part of a campaign created against Mexico.

He says that the campaigns are likely due to political pressures, adding that there have been several editorial pieces released by British media and US media that are meant to damage the state’s tourist image, publishing erroneous information about Cancun regarding an alleged wave of uncontrollable violence in addition to exaggerated claims that the beaches are empty due to sargassum.

He says these publications are setting out to focus on the state when they have more serious problems in Florida due to the arrival of the seaweed there.

“We have detected two publishing groups in the United States, owners of different newspapers that sequentially publish negative news about Quintana Roo that correspond to political pressure groups linked to the Republican Party in their expressions against Mexico, publishing news that is not correct in their information,” he explained.

Flota Ocampo says that some political sectors of the United States seek to damage the image of Mexico using media and handle a double discourse when referring to the country before cameras, showing their non-existent support in some issues, mainly to commercial exchange.

Flota Ocampo explained that the intention of this sector of the United States is to hit one of the most important axes of the Mexican economy such as tourism, which represents approximately 10 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country, but represents 50 percent for Quintana Roo.

With the goal of counteracting the situation, Flota Ocampo said that next week, they will be visiting several points of the North American territory to hold meetings with representatives of the main airlines where they will explain the reality of Quintana Roo, as well as seek to generate new agreements in tourism.

Earlier this month, a new US travel report out of Arlington, Virginia published by Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) says that according to travel analysis, Cancun remains the first choice for American travelers for the fourth year in a row.