Mexico asks Texas to soften tone of travel alerts

Mexico asks Texas to soften tone of travel alerts
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 7:43pm

 Mexico is asking Texas authorities to tone down travel warnings that broadly discourage tourists from crossing
the border because of violence.

The head of Mexico's state-run tourism board on Wednesday was in Austin to meet with Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade and law enforcement officials.

Mexico wants Texas to stop portraying the entire country as unsafe in travel bulletins.

A spring break advisory in March cautioned Texans against traveling even to popular resort areas such as Cancun because of crime.

Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete, who runs Mexico's tourism board, said travel to pockets like violent Ciduad Juarez is obviously unsafe.

He said travelers should also use "common sense" when crossing into border cities like Reynosa or Nuevo Laredo.

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