A couple weeks ago Mexico held their municipal elections in about 12 states, the opposition party, National Action Party, or PAN took most of the 12 seats forming the New Mexican Government. A report in the Mexican news ‘El Peninsular” indicates that Belizean authorities are confident that the new government can iron out differences, and address the security issues that have recently been affecting Belizeans who visit the southern part of Quintana Roo.
This comes after the recent wave of extortions and robberies that have targeted Belizeans visiting the Chetumal, Mahahual and Bacalar at the hands of taxi drivers and hotel employees. According to the report, in an effort to minimize such activities the new administration has held several meetings with the leadership of the Association of hotels and with the heads of the Ministry of Public Security in order to seek a proper solution for the problem. According to the release, the state has found it empirical to address the issue because the increase in complaints of Belizeans who have suffered from assaults, extortion and theft of their possessions and goods in Chetumal, could drastically affect merchants and hoteliers in the state capital, as it is estimated that each year almost one million Belizeans enter through the Belize- Mexico border. This number can see a fall of almost a quarter if the issue is not addressed said Jorge Valencia Gomez, consul of Belize in Quintana Roo.
Currently the hotel association has a membership record of 110 hotels between Chetumal, Bacalar and Mahahual who have all committed to the new plan implemented by the current Government to minimize the number of assaults on Belizean tourists that visit the area.
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