JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Mexico, a tropical paradise typically known for its sandy beaches and deep heritage. Since the "War on Drugs" came about in 2006, the picturesque paradise has gotten dark.
The drug war activity is worst that ever. Travel agent Emelda Williams says it hasn't affected her books, or had any feedback concerning the incidents in Mexico. Although, this weekend fifty people were killed in drug-cartel related incidents, including two Americans. "These are some isolated situations. They want us to come there. They want tourists to come there. This is money to them. They are going to make it as safe as they can," says Williams.
Spring break for ASU students is next week. One of the most popular spring break resorts is Acapulco, Mexico. Thousands are there already for MTV's spring break party. In Acapulco this past Saturday, thirteen people were killed, four of them beheaded. The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning, and is urging spring breakers to avoid these areas. "I would tell them to avoid the border cities," says Williams.
Students at ASU say they are considering going somewhere other than Mexico for spring break. Jenelle Pachecl is says she visiting family in Florida, "we're going to go to the beach and see the sights around Miami."
"I have a few friends that are going to go down to Florida. I have a few that are going to California," says Jessica Worrell.
"I'm going to Panama City with all my friends. We were thinking about going to Cancun but it's a lot more expensive," Dennis Vandnhoudt.
Williams does warn that with any travel plans, "you just got to watch what you're doing and be careful wherever you are going. I don't care where you are I don't care what town or city that is or what foreign country."