POSTED: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 6:48pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 10:15am
TYLER — Spring Break is next week for most Texas schools, and the Texas Department of Public Safety is still warning students to avoid traveling to Mexico.
Tuesday, the department issued a warning that drug cartel violence may still be a safety threat in even resort parts of the country.
LeTourneau University students go on mission trips during spring break every year.
But since 2008, the school has halted it's trips to Mexico, and kept missions in the states, instead.
"Until we perceive that its safe to send our students to Mexico, we're not gonna do that," said Harold Carl, University Chaplain for LeTourneau University.
Travel agent Don Branam says he has clients making the trip to Mexico this year.
He believes certain resort towns are okay, and according to the most recent alert, no safety advisories for those areas are in effect.
"Cancun , Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Cabo, those I have no problem sending folks to," Branam said.
He says Spring Break business in general has dropped a little compared to last year, about 20 percent.
"Airfare is just killing us," he said with a laugh.
Branam says beachy vacations are still popular this year, like the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and Jamaica.
But with rising fuel costs and a still struggling economy, many are staying closer to home, and choosing places nearby like Arkansas.
Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. responded to the Texas DPS' travel alert yesterday.
He says he disagrees with their statement regarding traveling to Mexico in general.
To read the full warning, click here .