"20/20" Examines Crime in Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Mexico's Tianguis trade show coincided with the airing of an ABC newsmagazine segment on crime against tourists in Mexico.

The program, "20/20," focused on Mexico as being perennially among the top five destinations for U.S. travelers and noted that the State Department has issued public announcements about travel there in response to rising crime against tourists.

The show reported that when its staff called 25 travel agents and inquired about trips to Mexico, only four retailers apprised the prospective clients of the safety issue.

ASTA director of communications Steve Loucks was interviewed during the segment. He said most agents sell many destinations and are not always informed of safety announcements.

Among the State Department's recommendations on things to avoid in Mexico were walking alone on beaches, driving at night and taking taxis.

Mexico's Ministry of Tourism could not be reached for comment.

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