After Drop in Violence, Juarez Promotes Itself 2/7/14
EL PASO, Texas — Once dubbed the most violent city in the hemisphere, Ciudad Juarez (SEE'-yoo-dahd wahr-EHZ') is making a push to bring tourism back and has opened a visitors' center in El Paso, just across the border.
Located at the Saddleblanket, a giant southwest decor and souvenir store off Interstate 10, the Ciudad Juarez visitors' center will offer travelers information about restaurants, bars and local attractions that American tourists used to visit before drug-related violence erupted there. The number of murders in Ciudad Juarez has dropped from 3,075 in 2010 to 483 last year.
The El Paso Times reports more than 10,000 businesses closed from 2008 to 2010 as a result of a drop in tourism.
A State Department travel advisory cautioning travelers about visiting the city remains in place.