29 Jan '11, 6pm

Acapulco fights to be known for fun, not fear: Acapulco is in Guerrero, one of the states most h... #tcot #tlot #p2

Acapulco fights to be known for fun, not fear: Acapulco is in Guerrero, one of the states most h... #tcot #tlot #p2

Tourists have their car checked by soldiers in Acapulco, Mexico. -- PHOTO: AP ACAPULCO (Mexico) - ACAPULCO, once a magnet for Hollywood stars on Mexico's Pacific coast, is now fighting a reputation for gruesome killings, including 15 decapitated bodies discovered this month. Acapulco is in Guerrero, one of the states most hard-hit by Mexico's roiling drug violence, and there have also been been complaints of partisan violence in the run-up to elections for a new state governor on Sunday. The rising violence has tainted the port city's fun-loving reputation among visitors both in Mexico and abroad, to the concern of tour operators. 'We have to thank the tourists who keep coming, but we have to increase promotions and security more creatively, because otherwise tourists will look for other destinations,' said Laura Caballero, president of a local business leaders association...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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