Cancun and other major tourist hotspots such as Tulum and Playa Del Carmen have been pulling out all the stops in order to maintain a strong level of security for all visitors this year.
Many initiatives have been a resounding success, as the Mexican Caribbean just experienced a record-breaking summer season with a large percentage of tourists traveling from the United States in search of their much-needed vacation time.
Juan Pablo De Zulueta, the secretary of tourism just recently announced during the high season which has currently ended, there were no reports of fraudulent tourist packages and deals given to the local authorities.
Last year, it was reported that over 450,000 fraudulent vacation deals were sold to unsuspecting tourists, with half of these cases involving those looking to stay within Quintana Roo.
Cancun had been highlighted as the number one place for these fraudulent activities, according to the Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV), a crime which will not only have had an effect on the visitors traveling to the popular destination but also on Mexican companies and the reputation of the area, which will have lost out on business.
With security now being a strong focus on all levels within every corner of the Mexican Caribbean, communication around this specific topic will have been on the radar of every official to stop it from taking place.
This year, Quintana Roo has been doing things differently by having tourists purchase their vacation deals and packages on certified websites in the hope of giving peace of mind when booking and, therefore, leveraging the Mexican businesses in order to keep occupancy at high levels.
Juan Pablo De Zulueta has highlighted this has been crucial in preventing fraudulent vacation deals and has been a key tool for tourists who are looking to come to the popular destination.
It is clear that visitors are more cautious and hesitant when booking their vacations this year, which can be attributed to the work being done by local governments and their campaigns to highlight this issue and their aim to prevent it from happening in the future.
The official stated, “…With this state registry, we have managed to avoid these cases and so far we do not have any reports, with us it is easier to detect this crime because we have the consular house with which we work in coordination to serve our visitors…”.
Only 75% of service providers have registered to the certified websites, a total of 1,748 tourism companies.
This could mean there is still room for error and crime to take place on unsuspecting tourists, with not all businesses being a part of the certified system.
It is advised that all visitors, both national and international, choose to book through certified booking websites when planning their next vacation to the area in order to prevent these fraudulent packages and deals from taking place.
Cancun has also been stepping up other security measures to ensure that its reputation remains strong this year as tourists look to book their next getaway in the winter high season.
Headed by Governor Mara Lezama Espinosa, Cancun just recently announced a huge investment in public security, with more than $1.2 million being spent on new equipment, weapons and the hiring of more patrols in order to keep the area as a safe haven in the Mexican Caribbean.
The installation of 1,000 security cameras has also been added to the popular destination in areas such as beaches and busy shopping locations in order to give 24-hour surveillance and to prevent crime from taking place.
Although the sound of military patrols on beaches and cameras around every corner may sound sterile and un-vacation-like, rest assured this should not alarm visitors.
The sheer commitment to the safety of everyone in Cancun is currently being applauded and aims to make any tourist feel completely at ease when experiencing everything the popular hotel zone and beyond has to offer.
With fraudulent vacation deals reported to be nil so far this year, as well as the security boost that Cancun is receiving, you are guaranteed a safe and stress-free trip from start to finish.
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