ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Mexico's Tianguis trade show coincided with the
airing of an ABC newsmagazine segment on crime against tourists in
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
Mexico's Ministry of Tourism could not be reached for