Concerns over travel to Mexico have been growing for years as violence in border cities claims more and more lives.
After an American man turned up missing in supposed fatal shooting involving Mexican pirates on Lake Falcon, fears may have come to a fever pitch.
Texas Homeland Security Director, Steve McCraw says Americans should avoid Mexico altogether.
McCraw made the statement in testimony before a Senate committee, saying nobody should be going into Mexico, including tourist cities like Cancun and Cozumel.
“It’s making the economy harder down there with all this stuff going on because they do try very hard in the resort places to take care of people”, says Travel Agent, Wendy Brumbelow of Any Seasons Travel in Odessa.
She has clients in Mexico right now.
“Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, there are still good places to go,” says Brumbelow.
Elsewhere, some travelers are canceling trips, most notably; “The Jonas Brothers” musical trio recently skipped a scheduled concert in Monterrey Mexico.
Wide scale travel warnings can affect tourism in the U.S. as well, according to the Marfa Chamber of Commerce.
“It does have an effect. A person from California who hears that has no idea that we’re an hour away from the border. It may impact our tourism. They’re not canceling their trips out here but they definitely are thinking twice before they head down toward the border”, says Joni Marginot, with the chamber.
Source: Beau Berman for CBS 7 News.