Que Pasa in Cabo?

June 24, 2019 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Largest food fest dates announced.

The 14th Sabor a Cabo – Flavors of Cabo – food and music festival will take place this year on Saturday, November 30, at the Solaz resort on the tourist corridor thanks to its main sponsor, American Express.

Giammarco Vela, president of the local restaurant association, also announced the sponsorships of Möet Hennesy, TM Events, A&M transportation, VVR Pro and Mexico Planners.

The festival features food from 30 of the best restaurants in Los Cabos, wines from the Guadalupe Valley in Ensenada, and different brands of Mexican craft beer.

The party will end with the performance of the popular Spain-born singer Alejandro Sanz, winner of 3 Grammy’s, 20 Grammy Latinos and over 25 million records sold during his career. 

The whole enchilada will benefit the Cabo San Lucas Fire Department, the Los Cabos Red Cross and the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation.

To choose the restaurants among the many there are in Los Cabos, the organizers will accept the first 60 that sign up to participate, post their names on their webpage and, drum roll please, local residents and international Cabo lovers will vote online to pick their favorite one.

During the event, there will be 10 guests Chefs, known internationally, who will cook on site along with a local chef to compete for Best Chefs. Giant TV screens will allow the public to watch the competition and the food booths.

The festival will continue for seven more days, with each restaurant featuring wine pairing dinners, food tastings and cooking classes. To stay tuned and buy your tickets, look up www.saboracabo.com

Did you get your tickets yet?

For the fourth time and from July 29 to August 3, Los Cabos will be the host city for the ATP Tour 250 tournament, featuring players like Juan Martin Del Potro, Fabio Fognini, Diego Schwartzman, Grigor Dimitrov and Feliciano López.

ATP World Tour 250 tournaments are the lowest tier of annual men's tennis tournaments on the main ATP Tour, after the four Grand Slam tournaments, ATP Finals, ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and ATP Tour 500 tournaments.

The series includes 40 tournaments, with 250 ranking points awarded to each singles champion—which accounts for the name of the series. Draws consist of 28, 32, or 48 for singles and 16 for doubles.

At press time, more players are being added to the tourney, which will be played at the DelMar International School installations in El Tezal neighborhood in Cabo San Lucas.

Tickets are for sale at the DelMar School, phone 624-247-2524 and at Koral Concierge 624-104-0127 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For updates, look up abiertoloscabos.com

Billions for Economy Growth

Mexico’s federal government reached an agreement with the Mexican Business Council to invest $32 billion to generate economic growth in the country and reach the Presidential goal of 4 percent points during his six-year term that ends in 2024.

Sixty of the largest corporations in Mexico have agreed to come up with projects to attain the goal if the federal government invests in infrastructure and generates proper conditions for investment, such as legal certainty, macroeconomic stability and to end corruption.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO) stated that his administration will create the conditions to ease bureaucratic procedures for this investment. Using his well-known metaphors, AMLO said, "I will help these projects to become a reality, that, together, we can bring down any obstacle, and finally, to push together that rheumatic, slimy elephant that sometimes is the government with its looong processes," adding that "the doors of the National Palace are open to our entrepreneurs."

The business council aims to increase their participation in the GDP from 17.5 to 20 percent in the coming years, which will require $35 billion more, while public investment must grow from 2.8 to 5 percent.

Japanese company seeks shells.

Tokio, Japan-based Ingerosec Asada Corp. had some of its reps travel to the Pacific northern part of our state to look for shells by the tonnes. The group is interested in the tons of clam shells that, each year, residents of Magadalena Bay, Puerto San Carlos and San Buto discard, which rest abandoned forming true mountains of shells. And they don’t smell good!

Ingerosec would establish a shell recycling plant in the area, which would bring jobs to local families and would clear it of old, stinky shells, converting them into fertilizer, among other products.

Local hotel gets nomination.

Marching forward to becoming Best of the Best hotel is our very own Montage resort, located on the fourlane between Cabo and San Jose. The nomination, in the New Arrivals category, landed on the lap of the Virtuoso Travel corporation, one of the largest hotel and resort reservations in the world.

Nominees are chosen by over 16,000 travel agents in 800 reservations agencies and the editors of the Virtuoso Life magazine.

Awards will be delivered on August 14 at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas.

Casa del Mar resort to help students.

By offering them their first job after high school, The Conalep, or National school of professional tech studies, landed an agreement with the Casa del Mar resort, located on the beach at the Cabo Real development, which will allow its students to do unpaid professional practices at the resort.

Those who perform best will be the first to be chosen among job applicants when there are vacant spots. This agreement will allow the resort to hire local help instead of looking for them in other areas of the country, which also slightly reduces the need to find lodging for them.

The students will work 30 hours a month to fulfill their school’s professional practices requirement.

Too many fishing boats?

Overfishing has put five species at risk, yet they continue to be caught, said the Oceana conservation organization, claiming that red snapper, grouper, bluefin tuna, sharks and octopus are all endangered due to overexploitation.

The NGO said the failure to update the National Fishing Charter (CNP), a document that details which species are at risk, has allowed the endangered species to continue to be caught in large quantities when their fishing should have been restricted.

The charter sets regulations for 735 different marine species in 83 different fisheries, of which fishing in 66 – or 80 percent of the total – is currently subject to restrictions. However, Oceana said that overfishing in those fisheries continues to occur.

The organization’s Mexico director said the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission (Conapesca) has granted permits for the fishing of grouper, bluefin tuna and red snapper during the closed season for those species.

Another factor contributing to overfishing is the significant increase in the number of fishing boats.

Between 2011 and 2018 statistics show 2,670 new vessels began operations, even as fish stocks were in decline. Also between 2007 and 2018 – a period encompassing the terms of the last two federal governments – the number of fishing licenses granted increased exponentially when they should have been restricted.

Around 295,000 people are directly engaged in fishing in Mexico and the sector generates revenue in excess of $2 billion a year, but Oceana warned that the livelihoods of those employed in the industry are threatened by the “scant availability of species to fish.”