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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

U.S. Consul: Baja is Safe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 JUNE 9, 2009

Baja Is Safe For Visitors, Says Ranking U.S. Diplomat

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---Baja is safe for visitors
and he hopes its vital tourism sector quickly rebounds, a leading U.S.
diplomat told El Mexicano newspaper in a front-page story published
Monday.

Ronald Kramer, head of the U.S Consulate in Tijuana, said that some
coverage of Mexico's war against drug cartels had falsely created the
impression in the U.S. that the area is unsafe for visitors.

While the bi-national effort against drug cartels is a serious one,
visitors are not targeted, Kramer said. He also praised the Mexican
army and authorities for their successes in the effort.

Kramer expects efforts by Mexican leaders, including Rosarito Beach
Hugo Torres, to be successful in rebuilding Mexico's image, but said
the country's economy and many of its people currently are suffering
because of the significant loss of tourism dollars.

Kramer also said concerns in past weeks about the H1N1 virus (also
known as the swine flu) had hurt the area's economy.

He cited as an example some cruise lines canceling voyages to Ensenada
and diverting them to San Diego, which actually had more confirmed
cases of the flu.

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