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Mexico Spring Break Tourism Falls Amid Violence, Universal Says

Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Foreign tourism may fall as much as 88 percent in Acapulco this year as spring breakers cancel trips because of reports of violence, El Universal reported.

Hotels in Acapulco, Mazatlan and Puerto Penasco are seeing a smaller-than-normal influx of college-age revelers after the U.S. advised citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to 18 Mexican states, the Mexico City-based newspaper reported, citing Guerrero State’s tourism ministry and travel agency StudentCity.

Violence in Mexico has increased since President Felipe Calderon started sending military troops to fight drug gangs. Drug-related deaths rose to 15,273 last year from 9,612 in 2009, according to government figures.

To contact the reporter on this story: Adriana Lopez Caraveo in Mexico City at adrianalopez@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bill Faries at wfaries@bloomberg.net

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