August 04, 2004
The U.S. State Department has issued an advisory announcement for tourists in Cancun in the wake of increasing political turmoil in surrounding Benito Juarez. The resignation of the city council and the removal of the mayor have resulted in a series of violent demonstrations, and American officials have warned visitors to avoid large crowds, expect traffic delays and prepare for possible blockades of area hotels. After reported appeals from Mexico's interior minister, foreign minister and tourism minister, the U.S. advisory stands unchanged until its appointed expiration date of August 20th. For its part, Cancun maintains that its tourism business remains unhampered, with local CVB director Miguel Borges Martin releasing a public statement claiming "the city's recent change in government has in no way affected tourists, tourist areas and tourism infrastructure."