Cancun hoteliers: Clean up police corruption to preserve tourism
CANCÚN — “The insecurity and violence in Cancun has reached alarming levels, so it is time to apply zero tolerance security schemes such as those implemented in New York and managed to reduce high rates of crime,” said the president of the Hoteliers of Cancun and Puerto Morelos, Carlos Gosselín Maurel.
The business leader said the first step should be the “cleanup” of the Cancun Tourist Police, “a terrible focus of corruption that affects our destination.”
“The tourist police are a disaster for corruption. That is why it is time to apply the eye-for-an-eye to crime and corruption,” he emphasized.
Gosselin Maurel said that Cancun’s tourist activity is in a very delicate moment, with the spring break season underway and with the prospect of receiving up to a million visitors during the Easter holidays.
In an interview with Ciro Gómez Levya, Gosselin Maurel explained that the expected arrival of 30 thousand “spring breakers,” and for Easter he expects 85 percent hotel occupancy.
He said that although the Spring Break is a peculiar market, in which only four hotel groups render the service to a “difficult” segment, “with a lot of sex, alcohol and drugs”, requiring special attention for young people and some facilities ready to receive them.
He regretted that despite the fact that this is a market that has been serviced for 29 years, police officers mistreat these young people.
In that sense, he said that there are more and more frequent accusations and indications of the extortions that “spring breakers” are suffering from the municipal police.
He lamented that the complaints that are generated are mainly of young people who are walking on the street with alcoholic breath, alleging they were victims of extortion.
Faced with this, he demanded that the municipality take action immediately and intervene, but ending with the root problem, “because they change the police, but they come with old vices.”
“We have to take care of our tourists and now they are the “Spring breakers”, and then comes the national tourism of Easter. We are very concerned about the action of the tourist police, the municipality must take immediate action,” he said.