Destinations Central & South America

The psychology and politics of travel warnings: Why is Honduras fine but Mexico bad?

Excerpt from BBC Travel

Aug 06, 2012 5:31 am

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The business of travel warnings and alerts by governments has a lot going on behind the scenes, mostly not visible to the average tourists.

— Rafat Ali

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Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world, with 86 murders per 100,000 people. El Salvador has the second highest homicide rate, with 70 murders per 100,000 people, and Guatemala comes in close behind with 41 murders per 100,000 people…Yet, the US and the UK have not issued travel warnings for them. So why are there warnings for some narco-trafficking countries — Mexico & Colombia — and not others?

“A lot of the violence in these countries is violence between the different pandillas, or gangs…There is the possibility of violence against tourists, but such violence is not going to be homicides.”

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