Karen Brooks
June 9 , 2011

Texas state government warnings to Americans about travel to Mexico are “ludicrous,” “misinformed,” and may damage the country’s safest tourist destinations, Mexico’s tourism chief told Reuters on Wednesday.

Rodolfo Lopez Negrete, chief operating officer of Mexico’s Board of Tourism, visited the Texas capital of Austin to drive home that point to Texas officials. It is the second time he has met with Texas officials this year on the topic.

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At issue are warnings in January and March against Texans traveling to Mexico during holidays and the heavy college student travel period of Spring Break. A statement issued by state public safety chief Steve McCraw on March 1 said resorts such as Acapulco and Cancun were havens of violence, and warned that students could be caught in the crossfire of indiscriminate drug violence.

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