Mexico's Violence Grows, Travel Plans Change

Fresno, CA, USA                   |   Watch Video Above for Extended Coverage   |

A lot of students looking forward to partying on the peninsula will be spending their spring break in places they may have never thought of. Every year thousands of students swarm its sandy beaches during spring break.

But this year, images of violence have schools and universities warning students to abandon partying on the Yucatan Peninsula. Concerned parents are pulling the plug and party organizers are changing their plans.

Matt Gostanian, is a sales manager for a popular student travel agency that caters to Fresno State students. He says he's had to change spring break and graduation travel plans for 3,000 students around the country because of the raging war between the Mexican Drug Cartels and the Mexican Army. Rey Soria and his friends from Clovis West will explore Palm Springs instead.

Several local churches have scrapped their plans for youth mission trips to Mexico. Northwest Church in Fresno is one of the latest to make the change. 80 teenagers will instead minister and build for the poor in Woodlake.

One travel agency we talked to says tourist spots like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta seem to be immune to the crime running rampant in border towns.


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