San Miguel de Allende struggles not to lose visitors due to insecurity, as happened in Cuernavaca
Tourists are in danger on Guanajuato roads
Entrepreneurs and tourists are the most affected with the increase in highway robberies that have been recorded on the roads of Guanajuato, which could threaten the tourist development of strong municipalities in this area such as San Miguel de Allende.
Luis Martinez Espinosa Irisson, the commissioner of the Federal Police in Guanajuato, said that three dangerous roads have been detected in the state, which is those that go from the Apaseos towards Celaya, the Pénjamo-Abasolo highway and the Comonfort-San Miguel de Allende highway.
For his part, the president of the Tourism Council of San Miguel, José Benigno Torres, said that the main national visitors come from Mexico City, and arrive at this destination as an alternative to Cuernavaca, Morelos, a municipality that they have already stopped visiting. the increase in insecurity rates.
The businessman said that they have already started working meetings with the private initiative and the mayors of San Miguel, Comonfort and Dolores Hidalgo, in order to implement the Carrusel operation, which consists of patrols with police from the three municipalities, in a semi-permanent manner. guarantee the safety of tourists and that the municipality does not end up like Cuernavaca.
Although Guanajuato ended the month of January with a figure of 300 intentional homicides, the secretary of Tourism of the state, Maria Teresa Matamoros Montes dismissed the existence of a wave of violence, mainly in the capital, and that this does not affect the image of the entity.
The official said that the cases of insecurity are isolated events, so the perception that both Guanajuato and tourists have is that Guanajuato is still a safe city.
María Teresa Matamoros mentioned that it is normal for businessmen such as the members of the Canirac or the Hotel and Motel Association to be concerned that sales may fall due to everything that has been happening in Guanajuato.
Source: El Sol de Mexico