'Transportation' Category


sizzling event 2011

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Puerto Penasco: Safe Haven in Mexico for Americans

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Puerto Penasco: Safe Haven in Mexico for Americans

Announced expansion of the coastal Highway Convention Center and Home Port

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

 
 Coast Highway will be connected with a new extension of it to the area of ​​condominiums. The construction of a new convention center will begin in 60 days in the field of the old airport building, said Javier Tapia Camou, State Coordinator of Tourism and Mayor Alejandro Zepeda Munro at a press conference to the media held in the mayor’s office this morning on 21 April.
The construction of the roads that connect the coastal road to the resort area of ​​the city will be embodied in a first stage with the signing of the agreement and providing resources that made the Mayor Alejandro Zepeda Munro and Tourism Development Coordinator Javier Tapia Camou on a working visit to the state official made this municipality.
The Coordinator of Tourism announced that they are about 10 million which will be invested in this first phase of construction includes 4.1 km are a total which will be performed in two phases comprising the project.
He explained that in the two stages will invest more than 20 million pesos concerning the roads which are expected to be materialized in the first quarter of next year.
Camou Tapia noted that currently are working on what is the first stage of construction of the Convention Center which has already been authorized 30 million dollars by the Secretary of Tourism of the 60 that are going to invest in this work which is expected to start this year.
He stressed that this project is supported by the Federal Government, the State, the Municipality and the Ministry of Tourism is expected to start its construction at a maximum of 60 days and look completely finished in 2012.
He stressed that on the instructions of the Governor Guillermo Padres Elijah is working on the implementation of the relevant studies for the arrival of the Home Port is a reality in Puerto Penasco, which is expected to occur in 2013.
Said that major projects such as the Convention Center which is located in the place of the old airport, connecting roads and the arrival of cruise ships are part of a push to increase the flow of visitors to this city to come to enjoy the attractions that this resort offers Sonora.
He added that there is willingness on the part of the State Government to work hand in hand with local authorities for these projects look concretized in a short time for the benefit of residents and the tourism industry of this city.
Alejandro Zepeda welcomed the support being provided to these operations that are to detonate the city which will allow Puerto Peñasco is increasingly regarded as one of the best tourist spots in the region

Why commercial planes no parachutes?

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Paracaidas en los aviones comerciales

Being at 10,000 feet makes one wonder about the chances of survival in case of a plane crash. Of course there is no reason to be ominous, is that these machines (planes) are perhaps the safest mode of transportation that we choose. Now, you never have suggested that it might be good idea to put parachutes on airplanes to avoid greater evils? Let’s see why airlines have so far avoided placing this “extra” aircraft.

Extreme cases
The aircraft today are equipped with all kinds of security systems, including cockpit controls come standard doubled and even tripled in case any of a defective drive. As already in itself is difficult to happen as critical.

Preparation hop
You can not instruct the passengers on each flight so that they learn to handle a parachute and all that entails. To have enough knowledge to launch a solo you have to purchase many items. However, let us to the idea that this step is overcome. If it’s just in time to get off the plane is usually set in shambles, does anyone imagine what would happen if life was at risk? Well, neither more nor less than mass hysteria. Before that people had successfully put the airplane parachute would have crashed.

A dangerous leap
Consider that a commercial aircraft flying around the 900 km / h, and about 10000 feet. If the pilot loses control of the aircraft and fails to reduce these levels, opening the doors, if so brutal depressurisation of the aircraft to be submitted, does not explode, because an angel is walking through the area. Would have a good chance that the pressure and temperatures down to -50 º C people faint or even die before you leap. A contrast of temperature and can be fatal, so the military pilots carry a special clothing.

On the other hand we must bear in mind that so that everyone had time to jump, the pilot would have to keep the aircraft in flight for at least five minutes. In many critical situations it is not possible.

22 year old border crossing to be expanded

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Dec 9 2008

Steve Schwab

http://www.visitrockypoint.com//

On December 6th 2008 at the Arizona-Mexico Commission meeting  it was officially announced that the state of Arizona and Mexico will be expanding the border crossing that takes U.S. tourists to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) on the Sea of Cortez.

The current port of entry was built 22 years ago and is not designed to handle the amount of visitors who travel to Puerto Penasco on  weekends and major holidays. The amount of traffic compounded with stricter re-entry policies have slowed the popular border to a long wait during heavy traffic times.  The announcement was made at the 2008 Fall Plenary Session of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC)/ Comisión Sonora-Arizona in Hermosillo, Sonora.

The Governor explained “Many travelers returning from Rocky Point have experienced the 5-hour line at the Port,” She went on further to say “on all levels – federal, state and local – worked hard on the first public-private effort to ease the congestion at the Port or Entry.”

This progress is thanks to a bi-national public-private partnership between Arizona and Mexico was headed by the Tourism Committee and Transportation, Infrastructure and Ports Committee of the AMC. These Committees have been focused for more than a year to facilitate greater traffic capacity for tourists and widen the Lukeville-Sonoyta Point of Entry.

Lukeville POE.jpg   Lukeville Port of Entry

The current Port of Entry (POE) will be expanding from three lanes to five lanes; reducing the wait from approximately five hours to three hours during peak times. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has agreed to staff the newly expanded port once it is finished. The expansion is estimated cost of $2.5 million, which has already been secured in public and private sector agreements. The work is expected to take less than one year to complete.

To watch exclusive video of the Secretary of Tourism discuss the border expansion at the AZ-Mex confrence by clicking the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxeUbDWtw94

Cruises coming to Puerto Penasco

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

The Coordinator of the Commission of Promotion to the Tourism, Epifanio Salido Pavlovich, explained that some time ago the project for the construction of a port of arrival and departure of cruises in Puerto Penasco, called Home Port, was presented.

    

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Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, octubre 15 de 2008.-    

The shipping company Holland America confirmed the arrival of cruises to Puerto Penasco, as part of the project that the Committee of Promotion to the Tourism presented.

  

This port will be the first one in the country and has had a very important advance with the visit of shipping companies to the place where the terminal will be built.

We are talking about the shipping companies Holland America and Carnival Corporation, represented by Simon Souwes and Javier Gallardo, respectively, as well as Arturo Musi, VP of AMEPAC, who inspected the area where this terminal will be built, along with the Committee of Promotion to the Tourism and the Major of PP, Heriberto Renteria.

Possible tours to this zone were also analyzed, as the Visitors’ Center of the Reserve of the Biosphere of the Pinacate, as an option to offer to the nautical tourists.

Simon Souwes, whom 14 months ago approved the inclusion of Guaymas in the itineraries of cruises, confirmed that there will be another Sonoran destination within the trips of Holland America, which is Puerto Penasco.

The Coordinator of Tourism, Epifanio Salido, explained that the project is to be finished in 5 years and it will rely on the first arrival of cruises in 3 years, this is in order to have the propitious conditions so it is supported as a route of cruises to the Sea of Cortes, always taking care of the environment, for which we will take our time to keep a sustainable tourism, so we grow in promotion, in new destinations and new ways of tourism, but supporting the ecological balance.

Salido Pablovich said that to start, it is a cruise of 14 days that will depart from San Diego to Puerto Penasco, coming later to San Carlos  and ending in the same starting point.

However, there will be a cruise of 7 days, that will have as a departure and arrival port, Puerto Penasco

This commitment of the shipping companies performs supreme importance for Sonora and Puerto Penasco, it is a sample of the work of the Government of the State of Sonora, headed by Eduardo Bours, to fight the economic world recession and the interest that this Government has taken with the topic of the tourism as a priority for the improvement of the economy of the State, said Salido Pavlovich.

As part of the trip, the managers of the shipping companies will wait for the first arrival of the cruise Ryndam of Holland America in Guaymas, scheduled for tomorrow Thursday, October 16.

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Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, octubre 15 de 2008.- La empresa naviera Holland América confirmó la llegada de cruceros a Puerto Peñasco, como parte del proyecto que presentó la Comisión de Fomento al Turismo.El Coordinador de la Comisión de Fomento al Turismo, Epifanio Salido Pavlovich, explicó que hace tiempo se presentó el proyecto para la construcción de un puerto de llegada y salida de cruceros en Puerto Peñasco, denominado Home Port.Este sería el primero en el país y ha dado un avance importante con la visita de empresas navieras al lugar en el que se haría la terminal.Se trata de las empresas navieras Holland America y Carnival Corporation, representadas por Simon Souwes y Javier Gallardo, respectivamente, así como Arturo Musi, Vicep residente de la AMEPAC, quienes recorrieron junto con la Comisión de Turismo y el Presidente Municipal de Puerto Peñasco, Heriberto Rentería, el área en la que se construiría esta terminal.

También analizaron los posibles tours en esta zona, entre los que se cuenta el Centro de Visitantes de la Reserva de la Biósfera del Pinacate como una opción para ofrecer a los turistas náuticos.

Simon Souwes, quien hace 14 meses, aprobó la inclusión de Guaymas en los itinerarios de cruceros, confirmó que “habrá otro destino sonorense dentro de los recorridos de Hollland América, que es Puerto Peñasco”.

El Coordinador de Turismo, Epifanio Salido, explicó que el proyecto es para terminar en cinco años y contará con el primer arribo de cruceros en tres años, ésto con el fin de tener las condiciones propicias para que se mantenga como ruta de cruceros al Mar de Cortés, siempre cuidando el medio ambiente, por lo que nos tomaremos el tiempo adecuado para tener un turismo sustentable, que crezcamos en promoción, en nuevos destinos y formas de turismo, pero manteniendo el equilibrio ecológico.

Salido Pavlovich puntualizó que “de inicio se trata de una ruta de 14 días que partiría de San Diego a Puerto Peñasco, llegando posteriormente a Guaymas y terminando en el mismo punto de partida”.

Sin embargo, posteriormente se haría una ruta de siete días, que tenga como punto de salida y llegada Puerto Peñasco.

Este compromiso de las empresas navieras es de suma importancia para Sonora y para Puerto Peñasco, porque es una muestra más del trabajo que se está haciendo en el Gobierno Estatal encabezado por Eduardo Bours, para combatir la recesión económica mundial y el interés que este Gobierno ha tenido con el tema del turismo, como una prioridad para el mejoramiento de la economía del Estado, precisó Salido Pavlovich.

Como parte del recorrido los directivos de las empresas náuticas esperarán el primer arribo del crucero Ryndam de Holland América en Guaymas, programado para la mañana de este jueves 16 de octubre

 

 

 

Aeroliteral Inaugurates Non-Stop L.A./Rocky Point

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Aeroliteral announced today a Los Angeles press conference to celebrate the start non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Puerto Peñasco, Sonora – otherwise known as Rocky Point. The conference will take place October 24th at 10 A.M. Flights began today, with the following schedule:

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays
Depart Hermosillo (HMO) to Puerto Peñasco (PPE) – 9:00 AM
Arrive PPE – 10:00 AM

Depart PPE to Los Angeles International (LAX)- 10:40 AM
Arrive LAX – 12:10 PM

Depart LAX to PPE – 1:30 PM
Arrive PPE – 3:00 PM

The Aerolitoral commuter jets carry 33 passengers – and yes, passports are a must!

www.mexicopremiere.com

Areomexico completes flights from Hermosillo to Rocky Point

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Aeromexico recently completed its first successful flight to Puerto Peñasco from the capital city of Sonora, Hermosillo. The flight took approximately one hour, and directors of the commercial airline Aerolitoral traveled to inaugurate the beginning of commercial flights connecting Hermosillo and Puerto Penasco.

Awaiting at the airport for the inaugural flight to land was the Mayor of the city, Heriberto Renteria Sanchez. He was in charge of welcoming the flight crew after the successful landing. Minutes after, the airplane’s door opened and the 33 passengers that made history came out waving. Some of the passengers on board included the Tourism Commission Coordinator in Sonora, Lic. Epifanio Salido Pavlovich, and Aerolitoral Regional Subdirector, Genaro Esparragosa. They participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony. This marked the start of a series of flights route Hermosillo-Puerto Penasco on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 11:45am.

In such an exciting event, Salido Pavlovich mentioned “We are sure that this will be an absolute success since everyone wants to come to Puerto Penasco. The next flight, on Thursday is already full; all 33 seats have already been sold. Very soon we will also expand to the United States; we have Los Angeles as a possibility. We are just waiting for the inspection and the certification to become an international airport. When we can provide international flights we will have flights connecting anywhere in the world.”

He also added, “We have been working on this with the State Government for a year to accomplish our goal, we went to Aerolitoral Aeromexico and we told them ‘let’s go to Puerto Penasco, let’s go to Puerto Penasco,’ we knew that we had their trust. What has happened to this port in the last ten years has been phenomenal. This region has had an incredible growth; it was fueled by developers, local businesses, municipal authorities, state and federal government, the market, and investors. It was them that put Puerto Penasco on the map, it drives tourism in the northern part of the region.”

The Aerolitoral Regional Subdirector, Genaro Esparragosa said he was very excited about this new aeronautical adventure. Since Puerto Penasco has grown incredibly in the last 10 years he said that it was a dream come true to finally put the port on a world level. Thanks to the relationship that Aeromexico has with 7 other airlines Puerto Penasco is now a dot in any screen in practically 3000 other cities connected via Hermosillo.

He also added that the Aerolitoral line will have an added bonus in its commercial flights. All the passengers with different destinations that arrive to Hermosillo and wish to also travel to Puerto Penasco will only have to pay one more peso.

The Municipal President of Puerto Penasco considered the inauguration of these commercial flights as a sign of the strengthening of the high tourism development that Puerto Penasco has been enjoying for the past few years. He marked this event as just the beginning since there will be newer and better means of transportation in the future. He took the opportunity to thank the different government agencies, investors and tourism developers that will support the ongoing operations while the air travel service takes off. This will probably not take very long thanks to the high demand they expect.

Genaro Esparragosa mentioned that soon they will implement a first class service introducing to the commercial route a jet plane. Meantime there will be commercial flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 11:45am and they will have a capacity for 33 passengers. Each ticket costs 700 pesos (~$64 USD).

Aerolitoral’s First Hermosillo-Puerto Penasco Flight Makes History

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Flights running three days a week, for $64

By Ivan Bravo Lopez

Aeromexico recently completed its first successful flight to Puerto Penasco from the capital city of Sonora, Hermosillo. The flight took approximately one hour, and directors of the commercial airline Aerolitoral traveled to inaugurate the beginning of commercial flights connecting Hermosillo and Puerto Penasco.

http://defrente.puerto-penasco.com/

Awaiting at the airport for the inaugural flight to land was the Mayor of the city, Heriberto Renteria Sanchez. He was in charge of welcoming the flight crew after the successful landing. Minutes after, the airplane’s door opened and the 33 passengers that made history came out waving. Some of the passengers on board included the Tourism Commission Coordinator in Sonora, Lic. Epifanio Salido Pavlovich, and Aerolitoral Regional Subdirector, Genaro Esparragosa. They participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony. This marked the start of a series of flights route Hermosillo-Puerto Penasco on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 11:45am.

In such an exciting event, Salido Pavlovich mentioned “We are sure that this will be an absolute success since everyone wants to come to Puerto Penasco. The next flight, on Thursday is already full; all 33 seats have already been sold. Very soon we will also expand to the United States; we have Los Angeles as a possibility. We are just waiting for the inspection and the certification to become an international airport. When we can provide international flights we will have flights connecting anywhere in the world.”

He also added, “We have been working on this with the State Government for a year to accomplish our goal, we went to Aerolitoral Aeromexico and we told them ‘let’s go to Puerto Penasco, let’s go to Puerto Penasco,’ we knew that we had their trust. What has happened to this port in the last ten years has been phenomenal. This region has had an incredible growth; it was fueled by developers, local businesses, municipal authorities, state and federal government, the market, and investors. It was them that put Puerto Penasco on the map, it drives tourism in the northern part of the region.”

The Aerolitoral Regional Subdirector, Genaro Esparragosa said he was very excited about this new aeronautical adventure. Since Puerto Penasco has grown incredibly in the last 10 years he said that it was a dream come true to finally put the port on a world level. Thanks to the relationship that Aeromexico has with 7 other airlines Puerto Penasco is now a dot in any screen in practically 3000 other cities connected via Hermosillo.

He also added that the Aerolitoral line will have an added bonus in its commercial flights. All the passengers with different destinations that arrive to Hermosillo and wish to also travel to Puerto Penasco will only have to pay one more peso.

The Municipal President of Puerto Penasco considered the inauguration of these commercial flights as a sign of the strengthening of the high tourism development that Puerto Penasco has been enjoying for the past few years. He marked this event as just the beginning since there will be newer and better means of transportation in the future. He took the opportunity to thank the different government agencies, investors and tourism developers that will support the ongoing operations while the air travel service takes off. This will probably not take very long thanks to the high demand they expect.

Genaro Esparragosa mentioned that soon they will implement a first class service introducing to the commercial route a jet plane. Meantime there will be commercial flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 11:45am and they will have a capacity for 33 passengers. Each ticket costs 700 pesos (~$64 USD).

Highway 85 And Lukeville’s Checkpoint

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Big plans – or no plans – for the biggest little highway in Arizona

By Luis Manuel Ortiz

When you drive from Phoenix to Los Angeles, by Interstate highway 10th, you only need to go about 30 miles before finding a sign saying “To Mexico”. There you take the teensy State highway 85 which passes by Buckeye, cross through Gila Bend, also cross through Ajo – a town that once had great importance in mining business but nowadays has nothing – and ends in Lukeville, which is separated from Sonoyta by an infamous fence that they want to turn into a double wall – or even into a triple wall.

But, let’s take a U turn: when the 85 passes Gila Bend it crosses Interstate 8, which leads to San Luis, Yuma and Sand Diego. And just in front of Ajo it merges – at a point oddly called “Why” – with another itty bitty road called the Ajo Way, which leads to Tucson, crosses through the heart of the Tohono O’odham reservation, and passes not too far from the sadly famous Sasabe, which has turned into the world’s capitol (along with with Altar) of the illegal alien crossing.

These 3 ways cross through one of the most barren and desolate zones of Arizona – perhaps in the whole country – and precisely because of this loneliness and roughness, it is among the areas chosen by the “polleros” (smugglers) to cross the border with their human cargo. It’s impossible to know how many have died in their attempt to challenge the dessert, but we know that, only in recent years, there are hundreds who fatally lost the challenge.

Less than 10 years ago, the 85 was narrow, desolate, boring and tiring, with an automobile traffic almost nonexistent.

But suddenly it began to appear, here and there, heavy machinery working at a side of the road, a short distance away. Later we realized what they were doing: Another car lane. Another car lane for the little highway!

And it is all Puerto Penasco’s fault.

When the caborquenses (‘Caborcans’) traveled to Phoenix, we took the way to Sonoyta, crossed “la linea” (the border) in a blink of an eye and then by the 85 we reached Arizona’s capitol in just three and a half hours. If we were on our way to Tucson, we head for Altar and there, using a good unpaved road (good if it is not the monsoon season), we arrived in Sasabe and then onto Tucson in no time. But modernity is not without its inconveniences.

Seeing the work done in the widening of the 85 we tried to investigate the cause. Nothing. The authorities gave zero information. A low level public servant simply said: “we are working to improve our highways”.

But a visit to Puerto Penasco, perhaps in 1997, gave us the answer. There was a long time since our last visit and just arriving we noticed that the place was beginning to improve, with construction works that maybe were not as great as those that are being built right now, but were harbingers of things to come.

Those gringos! They were creating – with great foresight- the conditions and facilities for their fellow countrymen to make Puerto Penasco their own. Their Puerto Penasco!

Nowadays 85 is a tiny road only in parts of the way, some parts still a bit long, but it is on a fast track to be turned into the highway, we sonorenses (Sonroans) would love to have (and not in isolated areas but on the way to the big cities, so they were no longer the roads of the dead).

Well, that swiftness to cross the border in Sonoyta is a thing of the past. Some time ago the crossing was only chocked during the holydays (Veteran’s day, Thanksgiving, or the infamous Spring Breaks) when half of Phoenix and half of Tucson escaped to Mexican beaches to sunbathe. Crossing from Sonoyta to Lukeville was sheer martyrdom: endless hours waiting to pass because thousands of cars had to cross trough only three checkpoints. (Aand years ago there was only one.)

Well, now that happens every weekend, and daily traffic, without being quite as intense, is often beginning to be.

And what happens on the Mexican side?

When the cars reach those 3 checkpoints, the traffic is a bit less dense. The biggest problem is where only two lines of vehicles that can be formed – because there is no room for more in the Sonoyta streets that lead to the border crossing – and one has to merge into a single line of cars.

Do you know why? Because in the middle of the street is a small shack of the Only Sonora program, which has been out of service for years!

Since many weeks ago reporter Samuel Murillo, from La Voz de Phoenix (The Voice from Phoenix), has been trying to find out what is being done by both sides to solve the problem. He went to Sonoyta and nobody knows anything, he looked around for Municipal and State authorities, but they were all too busy and promised to call back later, something that none of them did.

Here in Phoenix, the director of the State Tourism Office, my good friend Margie Emmerman, informed him that a binational group was formed to identify solutions for the short, middle, and long term to present in a plan to the governors from both states coming November. That’s on the State Government level, and that’s good.

Meanwhile, on Federal Government level, a public servant called Ramon Riesgo, which is in San Diego, California, in an office called U.S. General Services Administration, send Samuel an e-mail in which he stated categorically that “we have no plans for a new control checkpoint in Lukeville”.

But then, in what looks to me like a contradiction, added “we are coordinating working meetings at all levels of government from both countries for a possible project of adding two lanes with two more checkpoint stations. To begin we will make a master plan of the zone since the investment not only includes the facilities for the checkpoint stations but also transport infrastructure (highways)”. Sounds like too many details for something you have no plans for …

But Samuel keep looking for clues and one leads him to find a document in which is clearly stated that the government of the United States already have ready an all aspect project, including the amount of the investment to enlarge and modernize Lukeville custom’s office. The project is ready, but in it you can read “a probable cause of delay could be the need for Presidential approval” – and you all know very well that Bush is more worried about Iraq and getting out of the messes his Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, gets him into – than to think about Arizona and Sonora.

Remember Puerto Penasco

Nevertheless, I don’t believe the delay would be too long. Because in the United States the President does not take very long to decide (as it is in Mexico) and if he could ust not take the time time to read all aspects of the project … it may be enough if his advisors just say him “everything is fine, just sign here”. So there is hope.

And he’ll sign faster if they say to him “remember, Mr. President, Puerto Penasco is in that Mexican region, barely one hour away from our border, which the USA have been trying to appropriate since 200 years ago”. And you can bet your last dollar that he’ll sign.

As you see, no matter what the answer is they have already more or less started turning the 85 into a big highway…

And I think that if the Mexican Government is also going to act as well, it could start by tearing down that Only Sonora shack that’s standing in the way …

http://defrente.puerto-penasco.com/