03/25/2013 09:28 am ET

Mexico Could Lose Tourist Hotspot Status As Violence Spreads To Resort Towns

The spread of Mexico’s drug war from border cities such as Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana to major metropolitan areas like Monterrey and popular tourist resorts like Cancún and Acapulco has scared away many tourists from north of the border.

As a result, Mexico may now be in the precarious situation of losing its perennial spot on the list of the world's top 10 tourist destinations.

Mexico's Tourism Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu hasn't said why the drop has occurred, but there were declines in 2012 in border tourism and popular areas that serve as cruise ship stopovers.

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