321During a brief interview with Javier Tapia Camou, following the Puerto Peñasco Mayoral Address earlier this week, the Coordinator of the State Commission for the Promotion of Tourism (COFETUR) made assurances that per State and Federal programming this coming November should see the laying of the first stone on what will become the Puerto Peñasco Home Port. This project will include an investment of nearly 600 million pesos and is expected to boost new tourism markets in the area.

“We have everything ready to begin; the environmental impact report has been presented and it is a sure thing the first stone will be placed this year. We are looking at November for this, which is close,” underscored Tapia Camou.

The first phase of the Home Port project will include an investment of 195 million pesos, which has already been approved by the Federal Government for the construction project in the area of Sandy Beach. The project is expected to take at least two years.

Tapia Camou stated another of the projects expected to begin operations by the end of this year is the Puerto Peñasco Convention Center, investment in which tops 150 million pesos. Work on the final phase of the project is currently underway.

The Convention Center, also located in the area of Sandy Beach, will be able to accommodate groups of 2500 people and will be promoted to attract both business visitors and artistic events of international caliber.

Laying of the first stone on the Home Port to be promoted on international scale.

Miguel Guevara Askar, City Coordinator of Tourism Promotion and Foreign Affairs, indicated in order to both enhance and place construction of the Puerto Peñasco Home Port on an international plane, there are plans to hold a celebratory event marking the laying of the project’s first stone. This would include extending invitations to special guests such as Governors from along the US/Mexico border, as well as Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

“Time is upon us but we are going to hold a formidable and extraordinary event. We will put the funds together however we can in order to hold a grand event to promote inauguration [of the project]. We will seek to have benefits from expected future gains so that Puerto Peñasco achieves good results within the short-term, and not solely during construction. We are planning to invite governors from other border states, including New Mexico, Arizona, and California; we are really looking forward to this,” emphasized Guevara.

The City Coordinator of Tourism Promotion and Foreign Affairs concluded Puerto Peñasco will become a city of “before” and “after” the Home Port.