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Rosarito Beach Hotel Enjoying Second Consecutive Record-Breaking Summer

Rosarito Beach Hotel Enjoying Second Consecutive Record-Breaking Summer
By Ron Raposa

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO—Following its busiest summer ever in 2012, the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort is enjoying an even busier season this year, with overall season-to-season occupancy up 20 percent.

Rosarito Beach Hotel Enjoying Second Consecutive Record-Breaking Summer

Rosarito Beach Hotel Enjoying Second Consecutive Record-Breaking Summer

Year-to-year occupancy was up 25 percent on both major holiday weekends, Memorial Day and July 4th. For the summer overall, occupancy is up 20 percent, including a 20 percent increase in U.S. visitors, who accounted for 88 percent of hotel guests on Memorial Day weekend.

The two strong summer seasons, the busiest time of the year in the seaside resort city, follow several years of low occupancy brought on in part by concerns about violence involving organized crime groups in Mexico.

“Rosarito and Baja are safe and welcoming for our visitors and residents, perhaps more so than ever,” said hotel owner and former Mayor Hugo Torres. “Work done by state tourism and the Baja Image Committee has helped greatly in making more people aware of that.”
“While the number of visitors from Mexico never declined, we’re now seeing our U.S. friends return because of the improved safety perception,” said Mr. Torres, who also is chairmen of the Baja Image Committee, a public and private partnership.
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Lobster & Art Festivals Highlight This Weekend in Rosarito Beach

Lobster & Art Festivals Highlight This Weekend in Rosarito Beach

Lobster & Art Festivals Highlight This Weekend in Rosarito Beach

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA , MEXICO—This Sunday (October 17), from noon to 7 pm the XVIII edition of the Lobster Festival will be held in Puerto Nuevo, the famous lobster village 12 miles south of downtown Rosarito on the Free Road .

A large art festival will take place the same weekend in downtown Rosarito.

The lobster festival will take place on the Puerto Nuevo’s main Rentería Street and will feature the restaurants Puerto Nuevo II, The Lobster House, Villa Ortega’s, Restaurant Playa Delfines, Ortega’s Original and Sandra’s.

The Rosarito and Puerto Nuevo restaurant associations plus its Convention & Visitors Bureau are sponsoring the event which marks the start of fresh lobster season in one of the city’s main tourist destinations.

The lobster fest will cost $ 260 pesos or $20 and includes a lobster dish with rice, beans and flour tortillas, plus three drinks per person. Live music and a raffle also will be featured.

Puerto Nuevo, which was a small fishing village in the 1940s, has grown to one of the world’s most famous destinations for lobster lovers, with more than 30 restaurants and a million of the tasty crustaceans served yearly.

Puerto Nuevo-style lobster is widely served in Mexico and California .

“It is important for restaurateurs in Puerto Nuevo to participate in this event that has become a tradition,” said Rosa Maria Plascencia, who is part of the Festival Organizing Committee and belongs to one of the founding families of Puerto Nuevo.

Also featured at the event will be LA Cetto and Santo Tomas wineries, Corona Beer, Rosarito florists, regional products (cheese, olives, olive oil), Mexican candy, etc. Live music will be provided by Tijuana ’s The Moonlights and other groups.

Meanwhile, more than 60 artists from this city’s thriving art community and beyond will be featured on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 16 and 17) at the first Rosarito Art Fest.

The huge free exhibition and sale of paintings, sculpture and other works will be held each day from 11 to 6 on Boulevard Benito Juarez, directly in front of the landmark Rosarito Beach Hotel in the downtown tourist district.

Rosarito in recent years has become home to a thriving colony of artists, many of whom work from Popotla Boulevard studios and show their work at galleries there and elsewhere. A Rosarito Art Association works to promote them and regional culture.

The art festival will highlight established as well as emerging artists. Music and food also will be featured at the festival that organizers plan to make an annual event highlighting the region’s rich art and culture.

Additional details on these events plus some great hotel packages and rates are available on the Convention & Visitors Bureau website: www.rosarito.org

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Unity of the Californias Is Main Message For the 5th Binational Mayor’s Summit

Unity of the Californias Is Main Message For the 5th Binational Mayor’s Summit

Unity of the Californias Is Main Message For the 5th Binational Mayor’s Summit

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO—Taking advantage of the many opportunities shared between Southern California and Baja California was the main message delivered by speakers Friday at the Fifth Binational Mayors’ Summit here.

More than 220 civic and business leaders plus mayors from 14 cities on both sides of the border attended the summit, which had as its theme “Unifying the Californias.”

The summit, at which U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin was a keynote speaker, was the largest of the five inspired two years ago by an agreement between California Gov. Schwarzenegger and Baja Gov. Osuna.

Representatives of both governors attended Friday’s summit as did the consuls of several countries.

As well as welcoming and keynote speeches, the summit included workshops on border crossings, desalination/environment, economic development, public safety, education and a mayors’ roundtable. read more »

Major Binational Mayor’s Summit In Rosarito Seeks to Unite The Californias

Major Binational Mayor’s Summit In Rosarito Seeks to Unite The Californias

Major Binational Mayor’s Summit In Rosarito Seeks to Unite The Californias

SAN DIEGO—A major binational summit for mayors and other leaders from Southern and Baja California on issues ranging from the border crossing to desalination to public safety was announced today at the Mexican Consulate here.

The Fifth Binational Mayors’ Summit will be May 6 and 7 in Rosarito Beach. Universities and business groups from both sides of the border also will be represented to discuss mutual interests and actions.

The summit’s theme is “Uniting the Californias.”

“We live in a region that is closely linked by economy, environment, geography, friends and family,” said Mayor Hugo Torres of host city Rosarito Beach. “It is important that we all work together to achieve maximum benefit from those relationships.”

For the first time, the summit is being expanded to include six Southern California counties as well as the five cities of northern Baja. Southern California Mayors or their representatives from 70 cities are being invited.

May’s expanded summit is co-hosted by the cities of Rosarito Beach and Redondo Beach. The Mexico Business Center/San Diego Chamber of Commerce, Project Smart Border 2010 and Rancho Santiago Community College are among groups assisting. read more »

President Calderon Pledges Incentives For Film Making In Rosarito and Mexico

President Felipe Calderon on Tuesday pledged incentives to attract more international film makers and productions to Rosarito and the rest of Mexico.

President Calderon Pledges Incentives For Film Making In Rosarito and Mexico

President Calderon Pledges Incentives For Film Making In Rosarito and Mexico

Speaking to an audience of about 400 people, Calderon pledged an initial $20 million to strengthen the country’s film industry plus incentives to attract productions here from around the world.

Calderon made his remarks at Baja Studios in Rosarito, which was built for the production of the James Cameron’s  Titanic and where portions of other blockbusters including Master & Commander and Pearl Harbor have been filmed.

The president  was received for his visit by Rosarito Mayor Hugo Torres. Other dignitaries attending included Baja Gov. Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan as well as many other government officials. Noted actor Edward James Olmos also was a featured guest.

“Rosarito has become a place of great importance for the film industry, and it is precisely why here we announce this program for the promotion of film production,” Calderon said.

He stressed that the film industry has great importance in the global culture, as well being as being an excellent source for jobs, income and regional promotion.

“Rosarito has shown that it is possible to offer world-class services to the film industry,” Calderon said. “Productions here have brought international fame to the city.” read more »

Fast Response Leads to Vehicle Recovery Before Owner Even Knows It Was Stolen

Ford F350

Ford F350

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO—An alert security guard and fast police response led to the vehicle of a San Diego County tourist being recovered before its owner even knew it was stolen.

“It was amazing,” said Gary Pimentel of Vista, California, whose Ford F350 was stolen from the dirt road leading to the popular Popotla fishing village just south of downtown Rosarito.

The suspected thief was arrested within minutes after a very brief police pursuit and Pimentel got his vehicle back the next day.

Pimentel, who also has a home in Baja, had gone to the area of shops and restaurants to buy some shrimp on the afternoon of Jan. 9. He parked on the dirt road past the landmark white arch to the popular tourist attraction. read more »

Cuba Gooding Sr. Named Goodwill Ambassador, Receives Rosarito Key

Cuba Gooding Sr. Named Goodwill Ambassador, Receives Rosarito Key

Cuba Gooding Sr. Named Goodwill Ambassador, Receives Rosarito Key - Photo by Laura Wong.

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO—Noted singer Cuba Gooding Sr., was presented a key to Rosarito and named a goodwill ambassador for the city by Mayor Hugo Torres at a weekend concert here.

“I am humbled by this, it means a lot to me,” said Gooding, who is best known for his 1972 super hit “Everybody Plays The Fool” as lead singer of the Main Ingredient. He also is the father of well-known actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

Mr. Gooding, who has a vacation home in Rosarito, said he is troubled because some in the U.S. have gotten the impression that Rosarito is unsafe because of the government’s crackdown on drug cartels and wanted to help correct that impression. read more »

Mexican, U.S. Officials Meet In Santa Ana For 2nd Mayors of the Californias Summit

Mexican, U.S. Officials Meet In Santa Ana For 2nd Mayors of the Californias Summit

Mexican, U.S. Officials Meet In Santa Ana For 2nd Mayors of the Californias Summit

SANTA ANA, CA. Government and law enforcement officials from both sides of the border met at the Santa Ana Police headquarters December 4 for the 2nd Binational Mayors of the Californias Summit.

The goal of the meetings is to increase cooperation between officials from Southern California and Baja, a region that combined represents one of the world’s larger economies as well having many other shared interests.

Among cities represented were Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, Tecate, Santa Ana, Brea, South El Monte, West Covina, La Habra, Redondo Beach and Fullerton at the event co-hosted by Santa Ana groups and Rosarito.

Workshops at the daylong summit included ones on security, infrastructure and the economy. The importance of sharing information and efforts in the closely linked region was stressed.

“The border does not exist when we talk about air quality, when we talk about water quality,” said Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulito in explaining the need for increased cooperation. read more »

First Group of Baja Tourist Police Set to Graduate on December 18

First Group of Baja Tourist Police Set to Graduate on December 18

First Group of Baja Tourist Police Set to Graduate on December 18

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO—The first group of a new Metropolitan Police Force to help patrol Baja’s tourist corridor from Tijuana to Ensenada is scheduled for a graduation ceremony Dec. 18 at the San Diego Police Department.

The ceremony will be at 11 a.m. for the 15 officers, five each from Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada. The new uniforms for the special force also will be introduced at that time and the force will have specially marked patrol cars.

The duties of the Metropolitan Police Force, expected to be on duty by early 2010, will be to help other regional departments protect and assist the millions of visitors along northern Baja’s popular 70-mile coastal tourist corridor.
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U.S. Rotary Club Helps Maintain Beach & Makes Statement on Safety of Rosarito

Villanueva, far left; Rosarito Mayor Hugo Torres, center in striped maroon sweater; and Bruce Howard, far right in yellow vest

Villanueva, far left; Rosarito Mayor Hugo Torres, center in striped maroon sweater; and Bruce Howard, far right in yellow vest

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO—Seven members of a California Rotary club joined with about 20 local Rotarians and Rosarito residents Saturday in an event to demonstrate this tourist area is perfectly safe for visitors.

The event organized by Rotarians from Cambria, California was officially a beach maintenance session but Bruce Howard, past president of that club, said its main purpose was to help eliminate inaccurate perceptions that have developed in the U.S.

“We want to tell people that Baja is safe,” said Howard, who owns a vacation home in Rosarito. “We’re coming down, we love coming down and we feel safe and welcome and comfortable here.”

Howard said media coverage of the Mexican government’s aggressive crackdown on drug cartels, including some sensationalized stories, has created the impression among some in the U.S. that the area is unsafe for visitors. read more »