Here We Go!
The Department of State issued this “Travel Warning” on February 8, 2012 to inform U.S. citizens about the security situation in Mexico.
The warning states: “Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations … Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes.”
In addition, the Department of State recommends that tourists exercise caution when visiting the coastal town of Puerto Peñasco.
As reported by the Nogales International newspaper in February, Chad Cummins, U.S. consul in Nogales, Sonora, told a gathering of the Rio Rico Rotary Club:
“What the travel warning says about Nogales and Puerto Peñasco is to exercise caution – exercise caution is the same thing you do when you cross the street, or when you go out at night in the big city,” Cummins told the Nogales International.
“And we are not discouraging people from coming to Mexico, that is not the purpose of this travel alert,” Cummings added.
Further, it is recommended that tourists use the Lukeville entrance when traveling to the beach resort town of Puerto Peñasco.
The President and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Lea Marquez Peterson, agrees with the assessment of using caution.
“We always encourage tourism and agree that tourists should exercise caution as they would if they were visiting the streets of New York City,” said Marquez Peterson.
“Mexican Nationals spend about $1 Billion a year in Pima County so it’s important that we continue to build our business and tourist relationship with Mexico.”
The Tucson Hispanic Chamber’s satellite office is located within the Vamos a Tucson office in Hermosillo, Mexico.
According to Marquez Peterson, the THCC travels to the state of Sonora on frequent economic missions to help promote American business interests, which include a safe tourist environment. Please contact her office at 520-620-0005 for details.
Puerto Peñasco has received more than 318 million pesos to promote programs for urban improvement, public services, and infrastructure for the development of tourism and services as part of support policies for municipalities, reported Carlos Villalobos Organista, State Tax Secretary, via press release.
In the release, Villalobos Organista pointed out that the funds have been directed into programs of drinkable water and sewage, social assistance, highways, athletic infrastructure, road paving, security and tourism promotion.
Due to the clarifications of the U.S. travel warnings, the spring tourist season was seen as a success with one major summer international event remaining in Rocky Point. The 2nd annual Uniting Nations Cup will take place during the week of May 17-20, 2012 at the Peninsula de Cortez Golf Course located at the Mayan Palace in Puerto Peñasco.
According to the event sponsors, this event is a three day team match play goodwill competition, first of its kind in the history of Golf in Mexico. “This is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of our relationship as neighboring nations and allow ourselves to make new friendships with Golf as our Ambassador,” explained Andrew Gilchrist, Director of Golf, Peninsula de Cortez Golf Course.
Over 30 amateur golfers from the Arizona Golf Association will battle it out with teams from Mexico to compete in the 2nd annual Uniting Nations Cup – US/Mexico international golf tournament.
The Peninsula de Cortez golf course is a Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II co-design at the Mayan Palace resort in Puerto Peñasco. There are approximately only 15 events of this type currently in Mexico, including destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, Puebla, Torreón, Merida and central Mexico, among other areas throughout the country.
The concept of the Uniting Nations Cup (Copa Uniendo Naciones) is to highlight the alliance between the United States and Mexico beyond their commercial and cultural ties, while attempting to one day achieve the international reputation of a tournament similar to the legendary Ryder Cup. Another objective the Uniting Nations Cup sets out to accomplish is the expansion and promotion of the littleknown Mexican port destination of Puerto Peñasco.
The world-class Nicklaus Design golf course at Mayan Palace Puerto Peñasco, in the words of Gilchrist Director of Golf at the Peninsula De Cortes and Vito Berlingeri Tournament Director, “is in excellent condition and is a course that is challenging and ready for the golfers to fully enjoy. It is indisputably among the best courses in Mexico, done by the grand designer of golf courses himself, Jack Nicklaus. The course encompasses his trademark style of enhancing the natural environment that is both challenging and enjoyable.”
“We are proud and excited to have the 2nd annual Uniting Nations Cup tournament that will not only unite golfers but hopefully two nations,” says Jesus Torres, Director of Vidanta Golf through a press release. “Our strategic plan is to lift the tournament’s profile in each subsequent year. We have high hopes that the Uniting Nations Cup tournament will be entrenched in the future as one of the
most desirable events in the region.”