In another interview, this time with Travel Weekly’s Arnie Weissmann, President Felipe Calderon addressed violence in Mexico, and what Mexico is doing to keep tourists safe. Once again saying that violence is concentrated in certain areas of Mexico, Calderon also pointed out that other countries have higher homicide rates than Mexico, even though they don’t get as much press.
Said Calderon: “Most of the troubles we have are with gangs fighting other gangs. Mexico has more than 2,500 municipalities, and 80% of the problems are focused in 80 municipalities. Consider the rate of homicides per 100,000 people. Mexico has about 15 homicides per 100,000 people. Jamaica has about 60. Guatemala and El Salvador are closer to 70. And even some cities in United States, like Washington, D.C., Baltimore and New Orleans, have more homicides per 100,000 people than Mexico.”
Calderon told Weissmann that in addition to fighting all types of organized crime, government officials are paying close attention to popular travel destinations, and any incidents involving tourists are attended to at the federal level.
Read the full interview here.