DETROIT (WXYZ) – A travel advisory has been issued for one of Mexico’s most popular vacation spots.
Cancun is now on the US State Department’s radar after Uber became officially legal in the state.
Local taxi drivers have not taken kindly to the court’s ruling and in some cases, tourists have been caught in the crossfire.
The owner of Cadillac Travel Group says Cancun is still a popular destination for metro Detroiters who aren’t shaking from the cold and snow.
Keith Powers had no idea about travel tips until he was already vacationing in Cancun. He says 7 Action News was the first to bring it to his attention.
“They (the hotel) didn’t want to leave him out,” Powers said. “It has been a serious problem for a couple of days and only yesterday, it seems they have finalized everything and some arrests have been made.”
Taxi drivers have blocked access to major roads and the airport in protest.
David Fishman, who owns Cadillac Travel, says he in no way tells clients not to go.
“What we do is research and see what’s going on,” Fishman said.
He says dozens of customers have made trips to Cancun without any problems. But a couple who returned home recently took a long taxi ride to the airport because their driver had to break traffic laws to avoid traffic jams.
“They made their flight and got home safely, but they didn’t feel unsafe and they didn’t see any demonstrations. They just saw them blocking the road,” Fishman said.
Powers will return to Detroit Friday morning. He says his hotel is making sure his trip to the airport is smooth.
“They’re taking pictures of the driver and license plates before you get in the vehicle,” Powers said. So here they are taking more extreme measures.”
Powers says she would recommend the area to a friend.
“Yeah, pretty sure overall,” Powers said.
You can always work with travel agencies, resorts, or hotels ahead of time to pre-plan all of your transportation.
Fishman says if you’re in a pinch, he suggests taking a taxi over an Uber.
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