US Issues Travel Warning For Popular Mexican Tourist City

The travel advisory was issued Thursday, one day after the United States issued a warning to citizens about a possible security threat in the coastal resort town. "The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen will be closed until further notice".

But Allison Wallace with Flight Centre Travel Group said the company has actually seen an increased number of bookings to Mexico compared with this time a year ago.

Tourist areas without warnings included Mexico City, Cancun and Los Cabos, USA Today reported.

LISTEN: Rob Breakenridge chats with travel expert Clair Newell about travel advisories, and whether travellers should be changing their plans.

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"I don't think that they need to be anxious about going down to the area".

The Canadian advisory says criminal groups - including drug cartels and gangs - frequently fight over territory and smuggling routes.

"As the safety and security of our guests and crew is our highest priority, our security department remains in close contact with government and private sources as well as our local agents and tour operators and continues to monitor the situation", Princess Cruises said in a statement last Friday.

Still, Americans were not told to avoid travel to Playa del Carmen. The explosion injured more than 20 individuals, including tourists.

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"I felt the security was a little tighter in Playa del Carmen and it seems like they've got cameras on the streets now", he said. Because of this alert, US government employees can not travel between cities after dark in much of the country.

Claire Newell with Travel Best Bets has been telling her clients to be more aware of their surroundings when heading to that popular destination. "Be very cautious on major highways and in rural areas". The discovery occurred after an alleged cartel bomb blast ripped through the ferry, Barcos Caribe, on February 21, leaving 24 injured-including seven U.S. State prosecutors say the ferry incidents are under investigation.

The Canadian government said Mexican authorities located another explosive device on a ferry also operating out of Playa del Carmen on Mar.1.

The warning came after the US embassy in Mexico issued its own alert advising Americans of a potential security threat in the country's popular tourist destination area.

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