Mexico president says drug war not hurting tourism

LAS VEGAS, NV Calderon told a group of travel industry executives in Las Vegas Thursday that international tourism was up 6 percent last year in Mexico, with 10 percent more American tourists visiting.

Calderon says with 23 million international visitors last year and 6 million on cruise ships, there were "almost zero" incidents of tourists encountering crime related to drug cartels.

Violence has been a consistent problem in Mexico, with frequent reports of killings and kidnappings related to the drug war.

Calderon says there are no problems in tourist areas.

According the World Travel & Tourism Council, international visitors spent $15 billion in Mexico in 2010, up from $12.3 billion in 2009.

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