Cabo´s New Convention Center & Key Outcomes of the G20 Summit

President Calderon inaugurated the G20 Convention Center this past June 16th. He stated that the center will increase tourism in Los Cabos, a well known destination in Mexico and one of the most popular among international tourists.

He added that $1.2 billion pesos were invested in the center, which created 1,500 direct and 3,000 indirect jobs. He explained that the building has three exhibition halls with incorporated advanced systems of environmental sustainability, reflected in the construction of a treatment plant and the installation of over a thousand solar panels to enable the space to operate with minimum environmental impact. The Convention Center’s facade was decorated with vertical gardens including the world’s largest “living wall.” The president declared that it is possible to promote projects that promote economic development while preserving the environment.

He subsequently congratulated those who participated in the building of the Center, since the project was completed in record time. This reflects the talent of Mexican architects and engineers as well as the population’s capacity to organize and collaborate at all levels to achieve the same goal. The president declared that this center is expected to increase the flow of tourists visiting Los Cabos by over two million people over the next five years and invigorate the tourism industry.

The G20 Leaders’ Summit, held on June 18th & 19th at the Convention Center, was attended by over 30 leaders of countries and international organizations. It was considered a success, and according to the Financial Review, the key outcomes agreed to by the G20 leaders were:

  • Joint action to strengthen recovery and address financial market tensions
  • Growth and jobs action plan
  • Eurozone members to safeguard integrity and stability
  • US to manage its public finances to avoid a sharp contraction in 2013
  • China committed to reform its exchange rate regime and allow market to play greater role
  • Finance ministers and central banks to work on a plan to boost investment in infrastructure
  • Finance ministers in 2013 to get report on how growth and jobs plan is going
  • Standstill on trade protection measures to be extended by a year to 2014
  • IMF resources doubled to $450 billion
  • Russia to take leadership, host at St Petersburg in 2013
  • G20 study group on climate finance

Mexican authorities expect that having had this important event in Los Cabos, will boost tourism in addition to placing Mexico at the center of the world’s most important advances and demonstrate its capacity to lead and reach agreements in various issues of international importance.

G-20 Summit in Los Cabos, June 18th-19th

The official organizers of the G-20 provided the following information:

The Group of 20 (G20) Summit of the world’s twenty major economies will take place in Los Cabos to discuss economic issues. It will be the first such summit to occur in Latin America. The G20 comprises: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, The European Union, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

The Summit will involve crowds and heightened security as well as the following measures:

1. The toll road will be closed from the 15th – 19th of June. This will be open only to those transporting delegations. Anyone who needs to go to the airport will have to use the old route through San Jose Del Cabo.

2. The Convention center will be open for the G 20 summit.

3. All beaches including access to beaches from the Holiday Inn (known before as the Presidente Intercontinental Hotel, next to the estuary) all the way to Punta Ballena will be restricted from the 12th – 20th of June.

4. Highest concentration of Security will be in Cabo del Sol & Punta Ballena.

5. You must carry official identification with you at all times when in Cabo from the 12th on.

6. From the 15th until the 20th of June during the evening, there will be various events, concerts, movie screenings, ballet & exhibits at the cultural pavilion located in down town Cabo. All functions are open to the public & free.

7. The Cabo San Lucas bay & port will remain open as usual until further notice. Possible closure on the 18th & 19th, but it is not official.

8. All schools, hospitals & regular businesses will remain open, unless a decision is made by the actual institution.

9. There will be no boat traffic allowed east of Misiones del Cabo towards the Estuary close to shore, but further out at sea it will be open for navigation. This means that the popular snorkeling spots like Santa Maria, Chileno Bay & surf spots like El Tule, Acapulquito, the Rock & Zippers will not be accessible from the 16th until the 20th.

10. The Cabo San Lucas FBO (MMLS) is where all private jets will have to arrive for any who are not attending the G20.

11. Be prepared to wait in traffic, so leave at least 30-45 min before your meetings or appointments, there will possibly be various check points along the highway.

12. We thank all the authorities for the hard work and for bringing this event to our destination.

13. If you are here during this event and want to venture out, there are so many places to see along the pacific coast towards Cerritos, Pescadero and Todos Santos and towards the east to Santiago, Miraflores, Los Barriles, Bay Of Dreams, La Ventana and La Paz.

For more info, please check the official G-20 webpage at http://www.g20mexico.org/index.php/en

Thanks!

Important Info…

Summer has arrived and the weather in Cabo is beautiful. The construction season has begun with several owners involved with remodel projects. We wanted to update you on a few items of interest.

G 20 WORLD ECONOMIC SUMMIT
The G 20 summit is being held on June 18th & 19th with over 20 world leaders attending with a total attendance of 7000 people. Those of you intending on visiting La Jolla during this time should be aware of the very tight security that will be in effect. We will have many road inspection points, limited access to some areas and without doubt many delays. San Jose is finishing the construction of a convention center hosting the summit which is close to La Jolla. The Mexican Army, Navy and Federal Police as well of local police will be providing full security. With the possibility of protesters we want to advise you that if you rent your condo during this period, you should be vigilant in selecting your renters.

ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING
It will be held on Saturday, November 3rd at the Arroyo Seco area, having the first call at 7:30 am. Your attendance is really important, so we really hope you can join us. Also, our traditional Potluck party will be on Thursday, November 1st. This is a great opportunity to meet our board candidates, the new owners at the complex, and obviously to share a nice meal.

SUMMER PROJECTS AT LA JOLLA
The garbage area by I building will be upgraded, the cracked terrace caps will be replaced and the pillars around the water heaters in C building will be redone.  Also, we are planning to remodel our beach shower area. The deck is pretty damaged by the sun, so this is a great time to improve the area. We are still offering help for you to replace or remove your old rusty AC. You can contact the office for any comments or concerns. These are little projects that hopefully will make big changes on benefit of all the owners at La Jolla.

HOA DIRECTORY
Our homeowners´ directory has proven to be a valuable tool for all owners. We encourage you to update your personal information by emailing me at ileanacesena@gmail.com. Many people have added new cell phones both Mexican and home cell, plus changes of address and new email addresses. The directory is updated almost daily so email me if you want a copy of the latest directory.

Thanks to all for your support! I really hope you start to check your agendas and book your next visit for November´s meeting. It will be a real pleasure to see you all then!

Best regards,

Ileana