Saturday, July 6, 2013

México: US-based Apple Leisure Group to Invest US$600 Million in Tourism

According to EFE, US-based Apple Leisure Group plans to invest $600 million in six projects that will create more than 4,000 jobs in México, according to a statement made earlier this week by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The funds will be used to construct new facilities and expand existing properties in Jalisco, Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo states. Specifically, Apple Leisure will expand properties in 
Cancún, the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.
The properties are expected to generate sales of more than $350 million in their first year of operation.

COMMENT: Although President Peña Nieto has made statements that México will soon become a "world tourism power," such a statement is no doubt influenced heavily by México having a serious crime crisis that results in many foreign tourists being victimized by homicide, armed robbery, armed carjacking, forcible rape, sexual assault, home invasion and kidnapping.

Additionally, few criminals who engage in violent crime against foreign travelers to México are ever arrested, much less convicted or imprisoned.

Moreover, many foreign crime victims in México are seriously injured and killed, trauma that can remain with these travelers for the rest of their days.

Courts are increasingly holding hotels, cruise-ship lines, travel agents, employers and others accountable for taking reasonable steps to warn, and in some cases protect, clients and staff who are victimized, injured or killed in conjunction with foreseeable criminal and terrorist acts abroad.

Consequently, concerned readers may want to confer with their legal counsel and review "Tourist Industry Liability for Crimes Against International Travelers," which was authored by Dennis B. Kennedy and Jason R. Sakis and contained in Volume 22 of TRIAL LAWYER, pp. 301-310, 1999.