AUSTIN (KXAN) - With spring break just around the corner, on Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety is again urging spring breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico as a result of continued violence throughout the country.
According to the U.S. Department of State, the number of U.S. citizens reported as murdered in Mexico increased from 35 in 2007 to 120 in 2011.
While most travelers consider interior Mexico the most dangerous areas, authorities say the resort cities can be dangerous as well.
"The Mexican government has made great strides battling the cartels, and we commend their continued commitment to making Mexico a safer place to live and visit," said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. "However, drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat, even in some resort areas."
In response to the warning issued by the TXDPS, the Mexico Tourism Board is making sure this warning doesn’t scare away visitors.
"This warning is exceptionally aggressive. To paint Mexico with such a massively broad brush stroke is simply outrageous," said Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete, chief operating officer of the Mexico Tourism Board.