Rodrigo Esponda

Director, Los Cabos Tourist Board:

“We have been in constant contact with the authorities and commercial partners to report what the situation is. We understand the affected were not tourists, which isolates the meaning of this unfortunate incident, and what we have to continue doing is to communicate with the authorities to be able to specify that security of visitors is guaranteed.”

Aug 08 2017

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Woman dies from gunshot on Cabo beach

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Death toll from shootings at Palmilla beach rise to 4 as a young woman dies…

The fallout from Sunday’s shooting at Palmilla beach continues as a young 25-yeard-old Mexican woman dies. Bringing the death toll to 4.

Three men were killed outright at approximately 1.30 on Sunday afternoon as gunmen approached them at point blank range as they sat under a Palm tree. The young woman and another man, also under the tree, were both seriously injured. The man remains hospitalised.

The girl was originally from Chiapas and her name has been released. No further details have been given.

The incident has attracted a lot of international attention. Palmilla is a famous, award winning beach, popular with tourists and locals alike. With several high-end resorts and luxury residences it is a highly desirable spot. Everyone is deeply shocked at the location of the incident. And in response, a security meeting  - with municipal, state and national bodies- is taking place in Cabo today.

A lot of effort has been made in recent months to curb these violent events. Not least of which has been an increased presence of police, military and navy personnel in Los Cabos. Despite these, and other preventive measures, the authorities are facing a barrage of criticism over a state security strategy that is clearly not working.

The events on Palmilla have dented Cabo’s international image. People are scared. And may well need a lot of reassuring that Cabo really is a safe destination. Rodrigo Esponda, Director of Cabo Tourist  Board, insists that they will "continue working hard to promote the destination"

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