Five star Mexican resorts might not be all they’re cracked up to be.
Back in January Abbey Conner was pulled lifeless from a pool at a Mexican resort and the cause might not be what everyone believed it to be. Conner had been drinking at a poolside bar where it’s a typical scene to find young tourists completely hammered. What isn’t typical is the type of alcohol being consumed, in order to cut costs resorts have been known to purchase bootlegged booze that can be extremely harmful in comparison to alcohol produced under regulations. Is this the real reason that Abbey Conner met an untimely death a mere one hour into her Mexican vacation?
The world is full of troubled spots that tourists naturally avoid traveling to, either as a matter of choice or because the State Department tells them not to. Now, some of the more popular destinations in Mexico may have to be added to the list.
From WFAA 8:
The scene at the swim-up bar at the Mexican resort where Abbey Conner was pulled listless from the pool in January was full of young tourists last month when an attorney hired by Conner’s family showed up.
It wasn’t surprising. It was a typical scene at an all-inclusive five-star resort where foreigners from both sides of the equator flock to escape their cold winters.
But as he watched, the attorney noticed something disturbing.
“They serve alcoholic drinks with alcohol of bad quality and in great amounts, mixing different types of drinks,” he wrote in his native Spanish.
That single paragraph, buried near the end of a four-page report summarizing how 20-year-old Conner drowned within a couple hours of arriving at the Iberostar Hotel & Resorts’ Paraiso del Mar, offers a possible lead in the investigation into her death.
Could it be what the attorney for the Conner family alluded to in his report: All-inclusive resorts using cheap, bootleg booze to cut costs?
A 2015 report from Mexico’s Tax Administration Service found that 43% of all the alcohol consumed in the nationis illegal, produced under unregulated circumstances resulting in potentially dangerous concoctions.
The national health authority in Mexico has seized more than 1.4 million gallons of adulterated alcohol since 2010 — not just from small local establishments, but from hotels and other entertainment areas, according to a 2017 report by the country’s Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks.
The bootleg liquor could be infused with grain alcohol or dangerous concentrations of methanol, cheaper alternatives to producing ethanol, government reports warn.