In light of Mexican police confirming Duane Joseph Lang, 46, from Regina, was stabbed 23 times in his apartment in Puerto Vallarta in late July, some owners of property in Mexico say it’s important to be cautious while traveling.
Ervin Ausmus, a resident of Leader, Saskatchewan, who owns a timeshare in Cancun said the recent stabbing makes him weary, but explained even prior to the incident he was cautious and didn’t travel outside of his timeshare complex for “safety reasons.”
“We stay inside of our hotel as much as we can. We don’t go out on excursions anymore—we used to, but not anymore,” said Ausmus.
However, Julie Zerebeski co-owner of Travel Masters in Saskatoon said travelers shouldn’t be too worried about the stabbing, saying it’s likely an “isolated incident.”
“It all depends whether or not they’re going to be at an all-exclusive resort or if they’re going to be in a location that has the issues happening,” said Zerebeski.
“He could have been at the wrong place, the wrong time, who knows what he could have been involved with, it’s very hard to discount the whole country of Mexico because of isolated incidents,” she said.
When asked if people will be hesitant to travel to Mexico as a result, she said it’s a possibility, but unlikely.
“Possibly some people will be nervous and they will chose other destinations,” she said, but noted she hasn’t had anyone cancel or change plans to travel to Mexico since the incident.
“It’s still a fabulous getaway and a fabulous destination,” she added.