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Mexico safety warning puts some travelers on alert

Local travel agent has tips for those going

Local travel expert and travelers talk about new warning for those going to Mexico (John Palminteri/KEYT photo)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A safety warning for Mexico has some travelers double thinking their upcoming plans.

A local travel manager says travel safety to that region is often discussed.

Tanya Bryant, Travelstore Manager in Santa Barbara says, "there's been a travel warning for the last ten years the last update was in  December. The new one in Cabo, (after) the shooting, this is definitely not a shock. It's sad for Mexico."

The warning covering locations such as Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. 

23 of Mexico's 31 states are now covered in the agency's warning.

Despite the concerns, Mexico has what are called  generally safe areas especially at their numerous resorts. “Definitely efforts from the Mexican tourism board and our hotels saying ‘please keep coming, keep sending people everything’s fine.’"

One traveler who has been in many parts of the world had this advice.

Sheri Nagel said, "when I go to a foreign country,  I do check in with the embassy and  leave my name at the embassy."

We saw Amtrak and Santa Barbara police at the train station watching over travelers and talking to them before they boarded.

Travelers who have been to Mexico said they have heard U.S. citizens have been victims of homicide, kidnapping, and robbery but says you can take precautions.

"You have to be cognisant of what's going on in the world and aware of the safety concerns, but I don't think it will stop me from going," said Karen Neiuber.

Her travel friend said, “I  don't wear fancy jewelry. There are things you do to stay safe."

     Santa Barbara has seen an increase in cruise ship visits in recent years in part because of rerouting from Mexican waters and that's expected to continue in the fall 

 For those going to Mexico, this is considered a slower season because of hurricanes.

"It  will pick back up in December. It will be heavy December through summer and I have people planning for next year," said Bryant.

Alternative destinations being suggested are the Carribbean, Hawaii and Costa Rica.

For the full State Department warning alert go to:

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html

(video and more details will be added to this story later)


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