Tourist Police units to be created in Los Cabos, Cancún and Acapulco

Tourist Police units to be created in Los Cabos, Cancún and Acapulco

Jul 7, 2017

Given the increasing insecurity and crime that Mexico’s main tourist destinations have been experiencing, the Secretariat of Tourism announced the implementation of a feasibility study to prevent crime from hurting the tourist industry. MERIDA — Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, confirmed the creation of the “Cancun, Acapulco and Los Cabos Tourist Police Unit”, which is sponsored by the federal government as well as by private initiative. A study will be carried out due to the growing perception of insecurity that affects Mexico in this area, as the country requires institutions capable of confronting crime. To do so, they considered that increasing the collection of tax resources in these destinations was necessary, as it will be a measure to train and strengthen institutions to fight against insecurity. Mexico United Against Crime A.C Photo: Google During his stay in Yucatan, where he headed the forum on Governance for Sustainable Tourism, de la Madrid Cordero stated that in 15 days the pilot model on tourist destinations safety will be presented. He mentioned that it will be applied in places that have had a recent violent crime increase over the past few months. He said that it is crucial to put into action these Tourist Police units, as these are destinations where a lot of tourists — both national and international — arrive, and also because these are places that did not formerly have such type of insecurity. The objective is to build a new image of safeness in the country, starting from these cities, as it will be necessary to go to the bottom of the problem and generate institutions that will allow us to face any type of crime. Mexico Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid Cordero. (PHOTO: yucatan.com.mx) “If we want to be successful in fighting against crime and insecurity, we have to invest in institutions, and the way to do so and to finance them is through the resources that taxes generate,” he explained. After that, he pointed out that “this tax resource collection must be transparent, responsible and show accountability for touristic destinations.” The main intention is to generate excellent, well-paid police agents and to give them decent housing,...

Suitcase with human remains dumped in Los Cabos

Suitcase with human remains dumped in Los Cabos

Jul 2, 2017

Mexican authorities say a suitcase containing human remains has been found in the resort city of Cabo San Lucas, continuing a wave of violence that has hit the state of Baja California Sur. The State Prosecutor’s Office says the suitcase was discovered Friday morning on a road leading to the hotel zone. At least 22 people have been killed so far this month in the resort region of Los Cabos and the state capital, La Paz. Baja California Sur registered 169 homicides in the first five months of 2017, a jump of 369 percent over the same period last year. Analysts say competing factions of the Sinaloa drug cartel are battling each other for control in the area and are also fighting the rival Jalisco New Generation cartel....

New Cabo San Lucas foreign tourist tax to be used as development lever

New Cabo San Lucas foreign tourist tax to be used as development lever

Jun 10, 2017

The new Cabo San Lucas foreign tourist tax to be used as development lever. And will fund  social infrastructure projects like housing, lighting, and security… The impending new tourist tax in Cabo has been hotly debated over the last 6 months. Should it be charged, how should it be collected, and most importantly how should it be spent. Well, here’s the thing. It is happening, For sure. It may be collected via hotels, or via the airlines. It’s still not entirely clear how. or when collection of the tax will begin.  But BCS Tourism Secretary, Genaro Ruiz, has been very clear on how it will be spent. “We cannot have a top -level luxury, tourist destination, if local services are at a third world level. The City Hall has big needs – social infrastructure  projects,  security, desalination plants, health, housing, and lighting are all needed.” The state government has agreed that use of the funds will be completely transparent, and they will be held accountable for all spending. With a projected arrival this year of 1.8 million tourists in Los Cabo, the 350 peso per person tax could raise as much $630 million pesos per year (almost $34 million US dollars at current rates). If the Governor is true to his word, a lot could be done with this money. It’s less than $20 for you as a tourist. But it  could be the difference of a house or a school for a kid here in...

Cliff Divers Train at Famed Arch of Cabo San Lucas

Cliff Divers Train at Famed Arch of Cabo San Lucas

May 30, 2017

A summit of a particular nature took place where the Gulf of California meets the Pacific Ocean: cliff divers Jonathan Paredes of Mexico and America’s David Colturi dived at the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas. With their aesthetic dives from up to 24m into the ocean, the athletes joined forces and flexed their muscles towards the 6-time champion Gary Hunt from England prior to the most unpredictable season in Red Bull Cliff Diving history. Ever since they qualified for the World Series in 2012, they’ve been battling side by side and are aiming for the 2017 overall title under the most contrasting pre-conditions: one as 2016’s runner-up and the other returning from a gnarly injury. In awe of the beauty of the natural rock formation also known as ‘lands end’, the 27-year-old ‘style master’ pulled off a series of immaculate dives and proved to be ready to better his personal best from the previous season. “It’s my first time here in Cabo San Lucas. This place is amazing for cliff diving,” says the runner-up from 2016, “I’m super happy to be back in Mexico.”   Born and bred in Mexico City, Paredes lives and trains mainly in his wife’s hometown Madrid, Spain, but returns to his roots on a regular basis to recharge and make use of the country’s natural cliffs like the ones in Cabo San Lucas. With the 2017 World Series only 5 weeks away, the preparation for dives from up to 27m and impacts of 85km/h is mostly about fine-tuning what has been worked on during the off-season. “I tried a new dive a couple of weeks ago, which I’ve been working on from 10m all winter and I’m going to give my best this year for sure,” explains the diving perfectionist, ”my expectations are bigger than last year. I want to fight for the title again, against Gary. I’m ready for the season.” L.A. based Colturi on the other hand, spent most of his winter with rehab training after he had to withdraw from the World Series and undergo shoulder surgery last October. His comeback is planned right down to the last detail and does not leave room for...

Shootout leaves eight dead in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur

Shootout leaves eight dead in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur

May 9, 2017

A shootout near the Mexican beach resort of Los Cabos early on Monday between suspected gang members and navy forces has left eight dead, including one soldier. The incident took place before dawn on the outskirts of San Jose del Cabo, about 20 miles (30 km) northeast of the area’s main tourist hub of Cabo San Lucas. Security forces later recovered unspecified drugs, vehicles, communications equipment, military-issued weapons and uniforms, the navy said in a statement. Western Baja California Sur state, popular with international tourists and ex-pats, has seen growing gangland violence over the last several months.   (Reporting by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Steve Orlofsky for Reuters). Source:...

Gwyneth Paltrow and boyfriend Brad Falchuck enjoy vacation in Cabo San Lucas

Gwyneth Paltrow and boyfriend Brad Falchuck enjoy vacation in Cabo San Lucas

Apr 5, 2017

Gwyneth Paltrow wowed over the weekend on her Cabo San Lucas, Mexico vacation with boyfriend Brad Falchuk. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and “Scream Queens” producer Brad Falchuk have been dating for over two years, and it seems like they just recently took the decision to step towards the altar. The 44-year-old Goop founder was spotted rocking a navy blue bikini that showcased her fit frame perfectly. The private couple enjoyed the getaway with Paltrow’s children, Apple and Moses. Photo: FAMEFLYNET PICTURES Though they often keep their longtime romance under wraps, the actress shared a rare selfie with her man in early March in honor of his birthday. “Happy birthday, handsome,” she captioned the shot. For more on Paltrow’s news, watch the video below :...