Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain

Friday, February 4, 2011

‘Vacation Tsar Of Peñasco’!


-by El Gitano Peñasco, "The Peñasco Gypsy"

Among just the US State of Arizona, the Mexican State of Sonora (Estado Libre y Soberano de Sonora: Free and Sovereign State of Sonora) and the US State of New Mexico there are about 12 million souls residing just a few hours drive from Puerto Peñasco.

I’d guess that about half of all those good folks are potential adult visitors to this wonderful community, which begs the question why more people, say just 10% of ‘em, aren’t driving here for a look-see?

That is about 600,000 critters (give or take a few possums) that should (or could) visit us and ‘if’ they did we’d have, every single day of the year (all 365 of ‘em) around 1,644 visitors roaming our streets, browsing in the stores, eating at the restaurants, enjoying the beaches and spending some Pesos…

I know there have been ‘reports’ over the years asserting we get anywhere between 1 to 3 million tourists each year visiting Peñasco, but if that were true then in the past (e.g.) 5 years we would have had about 10 million holiday-makers here and I simply don’t believe it!

What I do believe, setting special-events like ‘Biker Week’, etc. aside for the moment, is that we have a lot of ‘down’ time whereby Peñasco is as deserted as Cairo is today when it comes to happy-go-lucky travelers seeking some ‘Sun & Fun’. And that is, IMHO, unacceptable!

As such, join me in calling for a ‘Vacation Tsar of Peñasco’ (VTP) whose primary function is to reach out to those 600,000 folks via the Internet (social media, e-mail), etc. and give ‘em ¡Una invitación y la razón para visitar Puerto Penasco!

If only an online and automated system requiring minimum expense and ‘man-hours’ was set up to spread the ‘word’ throughout just the regions referenced herein, the entire community would be the recipient of rewards and benefits from those vacationers that would serve Peñasco both in the short term and for generations to come!

¡Viva Puerto Peñasco y México!

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