California and Mexico enter into tourism agreement

September 17, 2014

09/16/14 The Desert Sun

airplane on runwayExpect to see more cooperation among tourism officials in California and Mexico to grow cross-border travel. The state has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mexico to grow tourism between the two. Visit California, the state tourism organization, launched a $1 million marketing campaign this spring in Mexico to drive summer bookings, including Visit California’s first broadcast advertising in Mexico inviting consumers to “come to California and dream big too.” Visit California anticipates that air arrivals from Mexico to California will increase by 19 percent from 2013 to 2016.

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Mexico City offers visitors eclectic experiences

May 9, 2014

Mexico CityThe Desert Sun, 5/8/14

With all due respect, if your experience south of the border has been limited to Tijuana, Cabo San Lucas, and Puerto Vallarta, you’re missing out. Yes, with its 21.2 million denizens perched at an altitude of 7,943 feet, la Ciudad de México is mucho to bite off. But the taste it will leave in your mouth, the enchantments it will bring to your other four senses, are certain to utterly reward your intrepidness.

This cosmopolitan metropolis — which began as Old Tenochtitlan, the fabled capital of the Aztec Empire that ceded to the Spaniards in 1521 before being reborn with Mexico’s 19th century independence — offers first-time visitors an intoxicating amalgam of the pre-Hispanic, the colonial, and the modern, exceeding every expectation and demanding frequent returns.

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Juárez opens US office to lure tourists back to Mexico

March 18, 2014

ciudad juarezWFAA Border Bureau, 3/16/14

As tourism rebounds in Mexico, border cities are trying to attract visitors again. Ciudad Juárez is leading the way with the opening of the first visitor information center on the Texas side of the border. “That’s the message to get across to the U.S.: We’re alive and well, and you can have fun, do business and it will be good,” said Jose Arturo Ramos, executive in charge of projects with the Ciudad Juárez municipal government.

He said “Come back” is the message Juárez wants to send to tourists who crowd the El Paso Saddleblanket Company to buy Southwest souvenirs and gifts. The Juárez visitor center opened inside the mega store during spring break. The Juárez visitor center will provide information on local attractions, restaurants and shops, and plans to offer vans to shuttle people across the border starting this summer.

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As Crime Drops, Americans Begin To Return To Mexico’s Baja

December 2, 2013

Fox Latino News, 11/30/2013

ocean waves and beachOnce centered on timeshares and rowdy bars largely frequented by Americans and Canadians, northern Baja California’s tourism industry is rebounding with the exploding fame of local chefs, the expansion of boutique hotels and a burgeoning art scene creating a buzz in travel magazines.

This year, foreigners made up more than 45 percent of all visitors, after dropping to a low of less than 25 percent when cartels unleashed unprecedented bloodshed, leaving beheaded bodies on Tijuana’s streets. Sport fishing licenses — which are almost exclusively sought by Americans — have increased more than 75 percent during that time, according to Baja California’s tourism department.

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Review: Museo Jumex in Mexico City is an impressive filter

December 2, 2013

Los Angeles Times, 12/1/2013

folk art - communitySince the 1990s, after several decades of relative stasis, Mexico City’s cultural ecology has experienced an efflorescence. A cosmopolitan mix of important Mexican and expatriate artists — Britain’s Melanie Smith, Belgium’s Francis Alÿs, Mexico’s Silvia Gruner, Gabriel Orozco, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Teresa Margolles, Eduardo Abaroa and scores more — has been accompanied by significant growth in art’s essential critical, curatorial and commercial apparatus.

 

What was missing was a museum. A good museum functions as a permeable membrane between a rigorously involved art world and an otherwise preoccupied public. Its absence here was no small void. Now, with the opening of the Museo Jumex, that gap is poised to close. An international program in contemporary art, including a significant permanent collection and an ambitious exhibition schedule, has made an impressive debut.

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Drug War Continues But Most Of Mexico Is Safe For Travel And Business, Experts Say

November 26, 2013

Tourists still heading to Tulum and other destinations in Mexico

Fox News Latino, 11/25/2013

Tucked into a protected bay on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Acapulco has in recent years become the poster child for how the country’s vicious drug war has turned a once idyllic tourist destination into a killing field.

Headless bodies, gang rapes of tourists and hours-long shootouts have driven even the hardiest of visitors away from the city’s famed beaches and high-rise hotels. Foreign visitors flying in have decreased from over 350,000 in 2006 to fewer than 61,000 in 2012 and the once popular spring break destination saw the number of U.S. college students visiting drop by 92 percent in the last three years.

While Acapulco – and border cities like Ciudad Juárez and Reynosa – have dominated the headlines for the gruesome drug violence, much of Mexico’s 761,606 square miles remain relatively safe for both tourists and business interests. Analysts and travel experts tend to agree that Mexico is both as dangerous and as safe as it ever has been; it just depends on where one travels.

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Violence Costs Mexico 15% Of Its GDP In Health Care, Security Expenses And Material Losses

November 15, 2013

International Business Times, 11/15/2013

Federal_PoliceViolence in Mexico has reached alarming levels in the past few years, harming the country’s image outside its borders. Within Mexico, crime claims not only its direct victims, but is also costing the country a significant chunk of its GDP.

Mercedes Juan López, head of the Health Department, said Thursday that violent crimes cost Mexico between 8 and 15 percent of economic output every year. The costs of material damage, insurance and medical care for victims as well as lost productivity account for the surprising figure, she said.

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