Mexican officials have made a decision to forbid The BPM Festival taking place in Playa del Carmen in the future. Mayor Cristina Torres Gómez said : “We want these types of events to go”.
A gunman opend fire at the Blue Parrot nightclub around 3 AM on Monday, January 16th, at the BPM closing party in Playa Del Carmen. At least five people, including foreigners, were killed and 15 were wounded early on Monday.
The shooting spells a major blow for Mexico’s tourism industry, which has been one of the few bright spots in the economy, thanks to a weak peso exchange rate.
One promoter from the area said that “armed men who claimed to be part of a drug cartel turned up recently at one of his parties, demanding access to sell drugs.” He explained that various narco groups are in conflict for control of the region, meaning that all large electronic events in the state now run a similar risk.
In a press conference on Monday, Mayor Cristina Torres Gómez explained that these kinds of events are no longer welcome in Playa Del Carmen, and that this would be the last BPM Festival to take place there.