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United States closes consulate in Playa del Carmen, over 'security threat'

09 March 2018

The state government also stressed the safety of the destination, noting that President Enrique Peña Nieto is scheduled to visit Playa del Carmen today for an ocean conservation conference, the Associated Press reported.

The travel advisory was issued Thursday, one day after the United States issued a warning to citizens about a possible security threat in the coastal resort town.

The Canadian government has issued a new travel warning for a tourist hot spot in Mexico over a potential security threat.

Some tourist destinations have no warnings against them, including Mexico City, Cancun, and Los Cabos.

On March 1, an further explosive device was found on a different ferry, following the first explosion in February.

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The warning came after the USA embassy in Mexico issued its own alert advising Americans of a potential security threat in the country's popular tourist destination area.

USA government employees are now not allowed to travel to the area until further notice and some cruise lines have cancelled excursions that involve ferries in the area.

Calgarian Aleks Samardzija witnessed a fatal shooting in 2017 at the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen.

The U.S. embassy in Mexico City updated its security alert for Mexico yesterday, saying the office will remain closed until further notice after officials "received information about a security threat".

"Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution", the alert states.

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"Remain vigilant, stay in tourist areas and follow local media closely", the advisory reads.

All tourism and economic activities in Playa del Carmen continue in a normal manner and hotel occupancy at the resort city was at 80 percent, said the statement.

More than 20 people including some USA citizens were injured in the explosion, but no perpetrator has yet been found, BI reported.

While the state department, members of Congress - both Republican and Democrat - as well as travel websites and Mexican authorities vow they are making changes and doing what they can to ensure the safety of travelers, their slow, bureaucratic efforts have yet to prevent the harms, the Journal Sentinel found.

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United States closes consulate in Playa del Carmen, over 'security threat'