Star Wars will not be shot in Baja California

Star Wars will not be shot in Baja California

Jul 22, 2016

Star Wars has gone the way of 11 other films in the past four years: to other countries that offer filmmakers more attractive financial incentives. The manager of Baja Film Studios in Baja California says producers of the newest Star Wars episode had considered shooting 20% of the film in Mexico, which would have represented an economic gain of some US $20 million. But they changed their minds because Mexico won’t offer more than 7.5% of the total spent on construction of sets and other services, according to Kurt Ignacio Honold Morales, whose Rosarito studio was used to film the James Cameron film, Titanic. “Hollywood producers always look for the cheapest places to film,” he told Forbes México. And Mexico is not cheap by international standards in terms of incentives. He said Australia will return 20% of the filmmaker’s investment while some locations in the United States will go as high as 25%. And there is a lot of other competition: 70 locations worldwide offer incentives for film production. Honold Morales said the dozen films that went elsewhere took some $500 million with them. But losing Star Wars was less about the money than what it could have meant in terms of attracting other producers in future, he said. In Baja California they still haven’t forgotten Titanic for its economic impact, which even created new millionaires among some suppliers, reported SanDiegoRed. Mexico has not lost out completely in filmmaking. Films and TV series such as Deep Blue Sea, Tomorrow Never Dies, Pearl Harbor, Little Boy, All is Lost, Again the Sun and Fear the Walking Dead were all made in Mexico over the past 19 years....

Baja California Sur and Guanajuato will strengthen tourism ties

Baja California Sur and Guanajuato will strengthen tourism ties

Jul 21, 2016

La Paz, BCS.- The program ” Viajemos todos por Mexico” will strengthen the tourism collaboration between the states of Baja California Sur and Guanajuato. The great air connectivity that has been recently established between these two states by Air Calafia airline, with daily flights between Los Cabos and Guanajuato, not only connects the beautiful beaches of Baja with the colonial city of Guanajuato, but also with other states of the region known as “Bajío”. Genaro Ruiz reiterated the interest of Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis, for establishing partnerships between governments and the trade sector. They seek to promote tourism development in both regions and promote the growth of local tourism companies, such as Air Calafia; He stated that both states are contributing positively to promote domestic tourism, which is the central purpose of the program ” Viajemos todos por Mexico” (“Let us travel all through Mexico“). The Secretary announced the sun and beach, adventure, and cultural offer of Cabo is attractive for the domestic traveler, claiming the state has the capability to give the best attention to the tourist market. Stated that this route will connect Cabo to Guanajuato, and also to some other cities in the Bajio, such as Queretaro, Leon, Celaya, Irapuato, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi and others. He added that this route also offers to the all residents of Los Cabos and BCS state an excellent opportunity to approach these Central Mexico cities on business or pleasure. Finally, the secretary concluded that Guanajuato is a destination with several options to know and enjoy, with two World Heritage cities San Miguel de Allende and the capital Guanajuato, five Magical Towns, four major archaeological sites and every day tourism events and activities such as the Wine Route or The Route of Tequila and Nopal. San Miguel’s gastronomic offer is also very important, as it was named “Capital of gastronomy for Latin America” in 2015; while this year, it will host the International Summit of Gastronomy....

Lady Gaga visits Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas and sings “Born this way”

Lady Gaga visits Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas and sings “Born this way”

Jul 19, 2016

On Saturday July 16, American singer and recording artist Lady Gaga visited the Casa Hogar home for boys in Cabo San Lucas and sang a stripped down emotional rendition of “Born This Way” for the children living there. The Cheek to Cheek artist performed an a cappella version of the hit single (from her 2011 album of the same name) while spending the day at the Mexican orphanage — an organization that strives to, “offer a special and happy boys home set in a camp like environment providing physical and emotional care.” Gaga also shared a photo on Instagram Monday of herself wearing a backpack that the kids there gave her. “Already miss the boys at Casa. Hogar,” she captioned the post. “Wore my shwag out on the town. mis...

Belgian company will invest 25 mdd in Baja California

Belgian company will invest 25 mdd in Baja California

Jul 19, 2016

An investment of 25 million dollars (462 million 500 pesos) which will yield 500 job positions, was announced by Baja California Governor, Kiko Vega while his  European economic promotion tour continues, he was talking about Bekaert Deslee (BD) which is a Belgian company that has already been operating in Baja California, after a meeting with Dirk Vandeplancke, CEO of BD as well as other company executives.  Vega celebrated the trust the company has shown towards Baja California and emphasized that there are several infrastructure projects taking place in the State, and his Government will contribute by reducing the cost of water and energy, which will make Baja more competitive to attract new investments and will create jobs, as well as offering tax and non-tax fiscal incentives, with expansion projects (such as Beakert Deslee’s) are fostered according to Baja California State Competitiveness and Economic Development Law. This means an expansion of 40% of its current operation for BD, and is a result of the State Policy to attract and maintain investments in Baja California, the company works on pillow and cover tailoring by means of advanced high technology industrial processes which are later commercialized in Mexico, Central and South America as well as the USA, and it has been operating in Tijuana since 2005 under the name “Progressive Products de México” (PPM). The State Secretary of Economic Development, Carlo Bonfante Olache; Tourism Secretary, Oscar Escobedo Carignan, and Mexicali, Tijuana and Ensenada, Elect Mayors: Gustavo Sánchez Vásquez, Juan Manuel Gastélum Buenrostro y Marco Antonio Novelo Osuna, are all part of Kiko Vega’s entourage in this promotion and investment attracting tour of...

Recycling program collects over 700,000 recyclable products

Recycling program collects over 700,000 recyclable products

Jul 15, 2016

Recycling program collects over 700,000 units of different Colgate products. With TerraCycle’s help, TerraCycle Mexico has managed to collect over 700,000 of dental care products Monterrey, Nuevo León (13/07/2016) .- Colgate’s dental care recycling program has successfully collected over 700,000 products, including toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and their packages. This program not only seeks to benefit the environment, it has also donated $168,327.75 Mexican pesos, which have been destined to various social causes. Among the associations benefited from this and many other TerraCycle programs are the APANICAL foundation (Association of Parents of Children with Cancer and Leukemia), middle school Juan Escamilla, located in Monterrey, Mexico; and the School of Francisco l. Madero in Mezquitic, Jalisco. TerraCycle Mexico is currently in charge of various programs focused on the collection of soap, bread, cookies, chips and cake packages. Colgate’s dental care recycling program accepts any brand of dental care and the shipping of the wrappers and packages is free of charge. Content provided by TerraCycle About TerraCycle    TerraCycle was founded by Tom Szaky in 2001, a student of Princeton University at the moment, his mission was to eliminate the idea of trash. Since its beginnings, TerraCycle has grown to be the world leader in the recollection and recycling of waste that is hard to recycle and it operates in more than 20 countries, affecting over 50 million people and recycling billions of products through various innovative platforms. TerraCycle has won more than 200 awards for its social entrepreneurship and it offers national recycling programs funded by brands, manufacturers and stores across the globe, helping to collect and recycle products that were considered impossible to recycle in the...