European Week for Mazatlán

I don’t think anyone has officially declared this “European Week,” but I hereby make the nomination. Mazatlán is quite famous in western Europe these days… I’m sure you’ve heard that our State Secretary of Tourism, as well as the mayors of Cosalá, El Fuerte and El Rosario, are in Madrid, Spain this week for FITUR, the International Tourism Fair, as part of the Mexican national delegation. The fair opened yesterday and goes through Sunday the 26th. FITUR is a huge event with enormous upside potential, with over 120,000 tourism professionals from 165 countries  attending.

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Just now I’ve learned that a crew from BBC (yes, British Broadcasting Corporation) has been here in town. So, the European connection continues! A director, producer, cameramen and two Irish actors, Dara O’Briain and Ed Byrne, are here for two days to film a documentary series on Sullivan C. Richardson’s Pan American Highway Expedition of 1940-1941 — the first successful attempt to drive an automobile from the United States to the tip of South America. Their route would eventually become the Pan American Highway. In 1942 Richardson wrote a memoir of his journey, titled Adventure South: Three Men and a Lone Car Blaze the Pan American Highway Route Down Two Continents to Cape Horn! Apparently the original expedition made its way through Mazatlán, and the book records that they had a very pleasant stay here. Richardson wrote of the warmth of the Mazatleca people, and the fact that his group spent the night down by the divers in Olas Altas, as they didn’t have money for lodging. They are filming at the diving platforms and the Hotel Belmar, as well as the Mazatlán-Durango Highway and the Baluarte Bridge. The series is planned to air on BBC this coming December.

Have you not seen them around? Here’s a short video clip that SECTUR assembled:

What next, everyone? May Mazatlán’s fame and fortune on the European stage continue 😉

So So Excited!

FINANCIAMIENTO A HOTELES 1In a meeting at the Convention Center this morning, the Secretary of Tourism and Banorte-Ixe Group launched a new 200 million peso financing program with the goal of improving the tourist offerings and experience here in Mazatlán.

The program aims to create incentive for the building of 700 new rooms (a 10% increase over existing hotel space), with the ability to serve an additional 400,000 visitors annually. The program will also extend loans with favorable terms to tourist enterprises and small businesses in the hospitality field.

Loans will be from 500,000 to 9.5 million pesos, on credit without collateral, at interest rates of 11%, to be repaid over three years. Applications must be submitted between September and December 2013.

Oh so happy to see our state investing in our local businesses and families! May this money do a world of good!