Daily News Blasts

November 25, 2019 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

British Royal Family Does Cabo. Lady Gabriella Windsor, U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth II’s niece, arrived in La Paz a couple of days ago on vacation, along with other family members.

Her aunt visited La Paz 36 years ago on February 22, 1983, accompanied by Prince Philip and got a huge pearl as a present, which she still wears in one of her many Royal Crowns. Lady Windsor traveled to Cabo too and accompanied local biologist Graciela Tiburcio on her daily release of baby sea turtles back to sea.

 

Lady Gaga Pops Up in San Jose Bar. The American singer and actress who has won an Academy Award, several Golden Globe Awards, nine Grammys and several Guinness World records, got up from her chair at the Rock n’ Brews restaurant Bar in Plaza El Pescador in San Jose del Cabo’s hotel zone, and walked up the stage.

It took a while for the patrons to realize who she was, and after talking to the live band, she sat at the drums and began playing. The house went wild with applause and cheering for quite a while. She left a tad later.

 

Robert de Niro Inaugurates Two Events in Cabo

Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” lengthy movie was shown at the Cultural Pavilion in Cabo San Lucas Wednesday, with the presence of Award-winning actor Robert de Niro. Prior to the Red Carpet, de Niro officially inaugurated his 200-room minimalist Nobu Hotel on the Pacific side of Cabo within the Diamante development. At this event, he was accompanied by his partners, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and movie producer and actor Meir Teper. The Nobu Los Cabos is their first venture in Latin America.

 

Tourist Tax Revised. The new tax of about $18.50 that will be charged to tourists that spend over 24 hours down here and that was supposed to start Saturday, November 9, will not be enforced. Collection booths will be deployed at the San Jose international airport not in the arrival area, but in departures. There will be signs inviting our precious tourists to pay the tax at the booths. Of course! There is not enough, trained personnel to collect one by one! It will be more like a “Thank You Cabo” donation. So there.

 

Property Taxes in the Up and Up. Before you start whining, remember that property taxes in Mexico are sooo low that some think it’s a joke. But anyhow, it is our job to keep you informed. The state congress has just approved an increase of 3.96 percent for next year, just a tad above inflation. Lawmakers also toured several tourist developments to appreciate the updates and improvements. The developments checked were El Dorado, Rancho San Lucas, El Tezal, Chileno Bay, Westin Regina, Club Campestre, Villa Serena, La Ribera and Diamante. Remember, the city hall offers discounts of up to 20% if you pay in January, 15% in February and 10% in March. Do not procrastinate.

 

Tourist Summit in Cabo a Great Success. Over 350 tour operators and wholesale travel agents from 14 countries met in Los Cabos last Monday to Wednesday to learn more about our gorgeous tourist destination. During the 13th VIP Summit Los Cabos 2019, over 1,000 business meetings were held between attendees and our local hoteliers to sign contracts that will bring more tourists to the area. Last year, 3.6 million tourists visited our Southern Baja state and that number is expected to increase to 4 million this year. The visitors were treated to a Mexican fiesta and dinner at the Amelia Wilkes plaza in downtown Cabo.

 

Los Cabos Mayor Wants No More Hotels. Speaking after the Governor’s state speech, where he announced that more hotels are going to be built in Los Cabos, Mayor Armida Castro said “I will not issue any more construction permits if we can’t guarantee water supply to the population.”

There are already several hotels under construction to open between this year and 2020. They are the Vidanta East Cape, Villa Valencia, Ritz-Carlton and Park Hyatt. It is estimated that over 5,000 new jobs will be created, and many of the employees will come from other parts of Mexico.

 

Four Seasons Makes Surprising Commitment. The recently-opened Four Seasons resort at Costa Palmas in La Ribera on the East Cape has committed to building a fire station for the La Ribera Volunteer Fire Department. In recent months, a La Ribera resident died in her home’s fire. The nearest fire station is in San Jose del Cabo, about a 40-minute drive. The Four Seasons’ commitment will certainly save lives in La Ribera and surrounding rural communities. The fire department will also need trucks, uniforms and equipment. Fire departments in Mexico receive only a meager amount of cash for fuel, but the rest comes from concerned citizens and fundraisers. To learn more, look up www.lariberafiredept.com/

 

They’re baaack! The San Jose organic market is open again, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. selling veggies, fruit, homemade beauty products, spices, clothes, live music, activities and more. It is located in the orchards next to the Centenario avenue. For location and more information look up  www.sanjomo.com

 

Volunteer with the Los Cabos Humane Society. There are several ways to help: 1. Walking Dogs. Show up at the Los Cabos Humane Society HQ, located half a block from the La Roca motel on the road to Todos Santos. Monday through Saturdays between 8 and 1 a.m. Wear sneakers. You may only walk one dog at a time.

Other Volunteer Activities: Join the LCHS team and help with fundraising, events and projects for improving their shelter. Volunteers to come to take photos and videos of the adoptable animals are also welcome. Please send an email to hsloscabos@gmail.com or stop by for a visit!

 

New Attraction in San Jose del Cabo! A new San Jose del Cabo sign has been deployed at the main park in downtown right in front of the church. It’s a beautiful interactive design by Chihuaha-born and local artist Ivan Guaderrama, who also has a permanent exhibit at the Puerto Paraiso Mall in Cabo San Lucas.

The letters are filled with local elements like endemic birds, the estuary, whales, beaches and the San Jose church. If you click on it with your smartphone it takes you to a virtual-reality tour. It’s so cool!

 

The Limeys are here! On November 7, the first flight from London landed at the San Jose International Airport with 344 passengers and crew. The flight is operated by the German-British TUI company. Another new flight arrived from Edmonton, Canada, and soon a direct flight from Winnipeg will start landing in Los Cabos. The London-Los Cabos flight will operate once a week.

 

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