In Mexico, violent protests over missing students scare off tourists

Violent protests over the disappearance of 43 college students are putting a damper on tourism in Mexico's Pacific resort city of Acapulco.

Joaquin Badillo is head of a business association in the southern state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located.

He says the city's hotels have seen massive cancellations ahead of this weekend, which coincides with Monday's national holiday commemorating the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

More cancellations have been registered for Christmas week, the busiest time of the year for Acapulco tourism.

Badillo says hotel occupancy is currently at 20 percent, well short of the 85 percent expected for this time of year.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has tried to keep the violence issue in his country separate from his focus on the economy.