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Southland radio show host trying to boost Baja tourism
December, 2011

Southland radio show host trying to boost Baja tourism.
Outdoors, action and adventure, December 2, 2011. by Philip Friedman.

I tuned into AM 830 on Thursday night and heard something I hadn't heard in years: positive talk about Baja California.

Not Cabo San Lucas and other sun-baked and idyllic Baja California Sur destinations, but northern Baja and once-popular tourism spots such as Rosarito Beach, Ensenada and Tijuana.

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FRIEDMAN: Rosarito Beach trip good for soul.
December, 2011

FRIEDMAN: Rosarito Beach trip good for soul.
dailybreeze.com, December 2, 2011. by Phil Friedman.

When Aston Smith of the Palos Verdes Peninsula heard that Philip Friedman Outdoors was headed to Rosarito Beach he was all in.

Even though it had been 24 years since he had crossed the border into Baja, he felt compelled to go. The talk of fishing, lobster dinners and Baja's charm certainly appealed to Smith, but the trip offered something that captivated him from the time he heard about it. It was the option to visit the all-girls orphanage Casa Estrella in Rosarito Beach as well as help out at the Good Samaritans Medical Clinic.

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Despite the Hype, Mexico Is Indeed Safe for Tourists.
November, 2011

Despite the Hype, Mexico Is Indeed Safe for Tourists.
perspectivemagazine.com, November 24, 2011.

HSI's Craig Morganson is working to dispel myths and repair damage to Mexican Tourism and its impact on travel companies

After an increase of violence among drug cartels and between drug cartels and Mexico officials in 2010, the U.S. Department of State issued the first in a series of Travel Warnings against Mexico. According to the April 22, 2011 Warning, its purpose was to "inform U.S. Citizens traveling to and living in Mexico about the security situation in Mexico." The Travel Warning goes on to claim that "While most victims of violence are Mexican citizens associated with criminal activity, the security situation poses serious risks for U.S. citizens as well." Unfortunately, and at great expense to both the U.S. and Mexico, these statements are inflammatory.

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Emily Watson Segura en Baja
October, 2011

Oscar Nominee Emily Watson on filming in Rosarito: "I feel very good, very safe... I think its important for cinema to be made in Mexico especially with the bad news, which by the way happens everywhere in the world."
El siglo de Torreón, October 14, 2011. by Agencia Reforma.

Porque es un gran cuento mágico que explora la fe desde la mirada de un niño, la actriz Emily Watson aceptó sin reparo protagonizar la cinta mexicana Little Boy, y venir a Baja California a rodarla, a pesar del clima de violencia que se vive en el país, mismo que, dijo, no ha sentido durante su estancia en tierra nacional.

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Kevin James filming "Little Boy" in Rosarito

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October, 2011

Kevin James filming "Little Boy" in Rosarito.
Impacto.mx, October, 2011. by Redacción.

Tijuana.- El rodaje de la película "Little boy", en la que participan actores como el comediante Kevin James y la dos veces nominada al Oscar, Emily Watson, se lleva a cabo en los estudios fotográficos de Playas de Rosarito.

El titular de la Secretaría de Turismo del Estado (Secture), Juan Tintos Funcke, informó que en el rodaje de este largometraje también participan Michael Rapaport, Ben Chaplin y Tom Wilkinson, entre otros actores.

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US Ambassador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne meets Business Leaders in Baja

October, 2011

Surf and Travel in Baja California.
Camp Pendleton Patch, October 19 2011 By Serge Dedina.

In 2007, violent assaults and robberies experienced by American surfers and off-road enthusiasts in Baja California rocked the avid Baja travel community in Southern California.

That news combined with the very real violence and media coverage of the drug war in Mexico caused many Baja stalwarts to abandon their lifestyle dedicated to surfing, fishing, off-roading, diving, hiking and just plain enjoying one of the world’s most spectacular natural and cultural regions.

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US Ambassador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne meets Business Leaders in Baja

October, 2011

US Ambassador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne meets Business Leaders in Baja.
US Embassy, October 1st 2011 .

Mexico City, - United States Ambassador Anthony Wayne met yesterday evening with Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante Anchondo in Tijuana to discuss the U.S. Government’s commitment to creating a 21st Century Border that is as efficient at expediting the flow of legitimate trade and travel as it is at preventing illicit traffic.

During the meeting, Ambassador Wayne expressed special appreciation for the rapid municipal response during the San Ysidro port of entry construction collapse on September 14th, in which the Tijuana police worked closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to re-route heavy traffic, maintain order, and manage the overburdened approaches to the Otay Mesa port of entry.

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Rosarito Beach festival brings together mariachi, folkloric dance groups

September, 2011

Rosarito Beach festival brings together mariachi, folkloric dance groups.
Sign on SanDiego,September 26 2011 By Sandra Dibble.

ROSARITO BEACH - Mariachi groups and folkloric dance ensembles are gathering this week in Rosarito Beach for five days of workshops, competitions and concerts. The city's second annual Mariachi and Folklorico Festival is drawing students as well as professional performers from the United States and Mexico.

The signature event is Saturday evening, when the all-female group Mariachi Divas is scheduled to perform an outdoor oceanside concert. Led by trumpet player Cindy Shea, the Hacienda Heights-based group won a Grammy for the 2008 album, "Canciones de Amor".

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Baja California Culinary Fest to feature region's cuisine

September, 2011

Baja California Culinary Fest to feature region's cuisine.
Sign on SanDiego,September 23 2011 By Sandra Dibble.

TIJUANA- Baja California's top chefs, its cooking schools and the state's tourism promoters are joining forces for a five-day culinary event next month that will feature offerings from across the state's five municipalities.

Baja California Culinary Fest, scheduled for October 5 through October 9, capitalizes on the growing reputation of the region's cuisine, from taco stands to high-end restaurants.

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New Disney Cruise bound for North Baja

September, 2011

New Disney Cruise bound for North Baja.
Disney Cruise line news ,September 22 2011.

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2011) - Based on an overwhelming response to its first Hawaiian itinerary, Disney Cruise Line is adding a second Hawaii cruise to its 2012 schedule. The addition of a second Hawaiian voyage complements a diverse array of Disney Cruise Line itineraries departing from the West Coast, including cruises to the Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coast and Alaska.

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Mexico and Puerto Rico capture gold medals in Rosarito

September, 2011

Mexico and Puerto Rico capture gold medals in Rosarito
FIVB,September 18 2011 .

Baja California, Mexico, September 18, 2011 - The Mexico's Olympic duo of Mayra Garcia and Bibiana Candelas and Puerto Rico's Christopher Underwood and Roberto Rodriguez won the gold medals in the double gender NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit at Playas Rosarito.

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U.S. Beach Teams Win Bronze at NORCECA

September, 2011

U.S. Beach Teams Win Bronze at NORCECA
US Volleyball,September 18 2011 By B.J. Hoeptner Evans.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 18, 2011) - The U.S. women's beach volleyball team of Kelly Schumacher and Angela Bryan and the men's team of Andy McGuire and Avery Drost each won a bronze medal at the NORCECA Beach Circuit event on Rosarito Beach in Baja, Mexico.

McGuire (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Drost (Hawthorne, Calif.) defeated Guam's Erick Garrido and Andy Leonardo Blanco in the bronze medal match, 21-13, 21-14.

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Mariachi for Gringos

September, 2011

Mariachi for Gringos
San Diego reader,September 16 2011 By Dave Good.

"It's all about the kids." When Gil Sperry says the 2nd Annual Rosarito Beach International Mariachi and Folklorico festival this September 28 will benefit the Rosarito chapter of the Boys and Girls Club, he means from the ground up -- literally. In 2009, Sperry was asked to attend the club's groundbreaking ceremony.

They asked the author and retired Chula Vista elementary school teacher if he'd be able to help them raise money to build a new clubhouse. He agreed. "Last year, we had an espectacular concert. Mariachi Divas (the Grammy award winners are the subject of Sperry's third book on Mariachi) were the headliners."

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Women's weekend in Baja aims to dispel fears

August, 2011

Women's weekend in Baja aims to dispel fears
Sign on San Diego, August 20 2011 By Sandra Dibble.

San Diegan is force behind "One Hundred Women in Baja"
TIJUANA — Women from both sides of the border are expected to gather in Tijuana and Rosarito Beach for a series of events this weekend that include a networking party, a Mexican fiesta, a visit to an orphanage and a tour of a medical clinic.

The event is being billed as Cien Mujeres in Baja--One Hundred Women in Baja--and is aimed at encouraging San Diegans to reconnect with Baja California..

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Expats Look To Improve Image of Baja

photo by: Rios/R.E. Photography
August, 2011

The new Tijuana cool.
nypost.com, August 16 2011 By David Landsel.

¡Hola amigos! Pull on your big person pants and head for the border — time to get reacquainted with one of North America's most secretly awesome cities.

IT'S tough all over, but for Tijuana, the last few years have been murder.

Terror fears? Let's build some walls. Illegal immigrant fears? More walls again, tighter restrictions, longer lines. Oh, and now that crossing the border is a huge pain, how about we tack on a bird flu scare. And just for fun, the drug wars?

Stroll down the Avenida Revolucion these days – the heart of this Baja California border city's tourist zone – and you'll find it as forlorn as a winter's day on the Coney Island boardwalk, with gate after gate rolled down, shut tight. Last year, it was reported that nearly sixty percent of the businesses in the once-thriving district had failed.

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Experiential Learning: Rosarito, Mexico
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August, 2011

Experiential Learning: Rosarito, Mexico
Emmerson College, August 12 2011 By Guest blogger.

As a Communication Management graduate student at Emerson, I've been exposed to a wide variety of applications for this line of study. So far, I've taken courses in theory, research methods, stakeholder communication, public affairs, public diplomacy, and web-based communication strategies, all of which have offered distinct contributions to the overall skill set I'm looking to develop during my time in this program. While it can sometimes be hard to tie together concepts from different classes, this past spring I became involved in the RediscoveRosarito Project, and I immediately realized that this project would provide me with the opportunity to utilize what I had been learning in the classroom.

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Expats Look To Improve Image of Baja

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August, 2011

Metanoia plays with "Little Boy"
variety.com, August 4 2011 By James Young.

L.A.-based Metanoia Films is set to make helmer Alejandro Monteverde's "Little Boy," starring Ben Chaplin, Emily Watson and David Henrie.

Pic is budgeted at $24 million, funded by a nearly 50-50 split between U.S. and Mexican investors.

Little Boy" is a family drama set in small-town America in the early days of WWII. It revolves around an 8-year-old with developmental problems. His only friend is his father, and with his departure to war, the troubled boy is forced to confront the cruelty of schoolmates and others..

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Film set in World War II being shot in Baja California

August, 2011

Film set in World War II being shot in Baja California.
Sing on San Diego, August 1 2011 By Sandra Dibble.

A movie set in California during World War II is being shot in Baja California, generating an estimated $14 million investment to the state and bringing new hope to the region’s lagging film industry.

Filmmaker Eduardo Verástegui describes “Little Boy” as an “adult fairy tale,” with a look inspired by Norman Rockwell’s paintings. Much of the action will be shot in English at Baja Studios south of downtown Rosarito Beach, the same location where James Cameron’s 1997 movie “Titanic” was filmed.

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Expats Look To Improve Image of Baja

 
June, 2011

Expatriates Express Confidence in Baja California.
Mexidata.info, June 20 2011 By Ron Raposa.

About 70 community leaders in Baja California’s expatriate community recently attended the first summit of the "Baja Image Committee." It was organized for foreign residents who want to promote a positive and accurate portrait of the region.

 The two-day summit, entitled “Building Baja’s Tomorrows Today,” was held June 8th and 9th at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, Mexico, which provided free lodging and meals for those attending.

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Expats Look To Improve Image of Baja

 
June, 2011

Expats look to improve image of Baja.
San Diego Reader, June 15 2011 By Dorian Hargrove.

Ken Bell sees the impact that the decline in tourism to Mexico has had on the economy. As media reports of drug cartel violence increase, Bell has seen more businesses close near his home in Rosarito Beach, and he has seen more homes go on the market.

He is not the only expat from the U.S. to have noticed the change. The thousands of foreign residents living in Baja are just as aware.

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Rick Bayless in Baja

 
June, 2011

Rick Bayless in Baja.
Food & Wine, June 2011 By Jen Murphy.

"I didn't think Mexico could still surprise me," says Rick Bayless, the star chef at Chicago's Frontera Grill and the host of PBS's Mexico—One Plate at a Time. Yet a recent eating tour along the 775-mile Baja peninsula left him so excited that he decided to devote the entire eighth season of his TV show to his Baja food finds: "Friends laughed at this, but I probably have enough material for more than 14 episodes."

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Superdiners: Suppers south of the border

 
June, 2011

Superdiners: Suppers south of the border.
Sign on San Diego, June 14 2011 By Keli Dailey.

Top Chef Masters' Rick Bayless says Tijuana is one of North America's great food cities.

So we ask the Superdiners, What's the best and most recent meal you've had south of the U.S. border?

"Hands down, Laja in the Valle de Guadalupe wine country. Chef Jair Tellez did a incredible seven-course farm-to-table dinner for us with delicious local flavors and regional wines. The grounds are beautiful outside of the quaint home restaurant, It's a great dinner getaway. ." — Randee Stratton, real estate broker, avid diner.

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Letter From Mexico: Amid the Drug Wars, a Stunning Economic Boom

 
June, 2011

Letter From Mexico: Amid the Drug Wars, a Stunning Economic Boom.
New America Media, June 06 2011 By Louis E.V. Nevaer.

MERIDA, Mexico- At a time when the United States is confronting the possibility of a “double dip” recession, Mexico’s economy is expanding at the fastest pace in a decade.

For most of the 20th century, Mexicans lamented that when the U.S. economy slowed down, Mexico, ever so dependent on its neighbor to the north, suffered a recession. “When the U.S. gets a cold, Mexico gets pneumonia,” was a familiar saying among officials and executives on both sides of the border.

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Tijuana 'One of the Great Food Cities of North America

Photo: J. Barmann/Grub Street
June, 2011

Rick Bayless Calls Tijuana 'One of the Great Food Cities of North America'.
Grub Street SanFrancisco, June 06 2011 By Jay Barmann.

Our cohorts in Chicago are used to following the comings and goings of hometown chef and first crowned Top Chef Master Rick Bayless, but we don't get to see too much of him out here in California. Bayless made an appearance yesterday at Sunset's Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park, and Grub Street San Francisco grabbed a few words with him to discuss any possible expansion plans he has for the West Coast, the meal he had at Manresa on Saturday, and where in Mexico he's been loving to eat lately. (Hint: The eighth season of his PBS show just wrapped, and as Grub Street Chi has already noted, it's entirely focused on the Baja peninsula.)

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Mexico One Plate at a Time" Episode 8
April, 2011

Mexico One Plate at a Time" Episode 8. First stop: Rosarito's Tacos el Yaqui.
Frontera Fiesta, April 27 2011 By Blake.

Our first episode about Tijuana focused on the unexpected: the city's little-known role as the home of the Caesar salad, and super-modern cooking at Mision 19, among other places. But of course, a trip to Tijuana is not complete without sampling some incredible street food! Our taco crawl (with one unplanned stop at a tiny torta spot that we were told no one should miss) was one of our favorite days of the whole trip. From wood-grilled carne asada to griddled shrimp and cheese to some very unusual "queso tacos" with a layer of crunchy "cheese chicharron," we sampled the range of Tijuana's finest taco creations!

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Ten Culinary Reasons to Ignore the Mass Media and Go to Tijuana.
April, 2011

Ten Culinary Reasons to Ignore the Mass Media and Go to Tijuana.
OC Weekly, April 25 2011 By Dave Lieberman.

Tijuana's dangerous, right? Drug cartels armed to the teeth raining a hellish hail of bullets at any time, police who just help themselves to whatever they want through the magic of corruption, three-for-$1 "tacos de gato" guaranteed to wreak Montezuma's revenge, ripoffs and tawdry schlock in every shop, right? Nobody in his right mind would step foot south of the safe haven of San Diego, right?

Wrong. Unbelievably, stunningly, indubitably wrong.

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FRIEDMAN: Baja trip fun even with no fish
April, 2011

FRIEDMAN: Baja trip fun even with no fish.
dailybreeze.com April 15 2011 By Philip Friedman.

Gayle Johnson from Torrance had to keep silent about her plans to go to Baja last weekend. The former host of "Fish Talk Radio" was headed to Rosarito Beach on a trip organized by Baja Now.

Along with Johnson were three 17-year-old senior girls from North Torrance High - her daughter Hannah Brown and her two friends, Hannah Won and Sammi Soohoo.

"I just don't tell people when I am headed to Baja anymore because I have to listen to how dangerous it is," Johnson said. "It always seems to come from people who never travel there."

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Rosarito Beach still a pleasant weekend getaway destination.
April, 2011

Rosarito Beach still a pleasant weekend getaway destination.
petethomasoutdoors.com April 13 2011 By Pete Thomas.

I drove to Rosarito Beach with friends this past weekend and was surprised to discover that the Baja California town's namesake hotel was bustling with tourists.

Most were Mexicans participating in a church retreat, but at least two dozen guests had made the short drive from Southern California. Perhaps this is an indication that the once-popular tourist destination is mounting a slow comeback two years after the peak of hysteria regarding drug-related violence in Baja's border region.

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The culinary buzz in Tijuana

Photo by Sean M. Hafey.
April, 2011

The culinary buzz in Tijuana.
signonsandiego.com. April 1, 2011 by Sandra Dibble.

Ten months after Miguel Angel Guerrero opened El Taller, the restaurant has exceeded his highest expectations. Customers have been packing into the converted warehouse with a corrugated tin ceiling and large wood-burning oven to celebrate family birthdays, meet business associates and catch up with friends.

“With just a little, you can do a lot,” said Guerrero, an avid hunter and diver who at times serves up his latest catch or vegetables grown on his family’s rancho. He is both the chef and majority partner of El Taller, which opened last June off Agua Caliente Boulevard with an investment of less than $160,000.

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Q&A: Group encourages Americans to live in Mexico
April, 2011

Q&A: Group encourages Americans to live in Mexico.
Houston Chronicle April 4 2011 By Jenalia Moreno

Selling Americans retirement and vacation homes in Mexico has become a challenge. The slowdown in the global economy, Mexico's highly publicized drug violence and the swine flu outbreak, among other problems, have kept many Americans from buying property south of the border.

Those promoting the market recently launched the Mexico Real Estate Coalition to reassure investors that it's safe to buy houses in Mexico. Houstonian Chris Hill, a founder of the coalition and CEO of Houston-based Stewart Title Latin America, discussed the Mexican market in an interview with Chronicle reporter Jenalia Moreno. Edited excerpts:.

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Supera la Crisis el Sector Turístico de Baja California Gracias a los Hispanos
March, 2011

Supera la Crisis el Sector Turístico de Baja California Gracias a los Hispanos.
La Prensa San Diego March 11, 2011 By Marco Romero.

Las costas de Baja California siguen siendo un gran atractivo turístico para los anglosajones, sin embargo, el gobierno considera que en el corto plazo es más factible recuperar los índices de visitantes hispanos que existían antes de la recesión. Desde los centros comerciales, las clínicas y los salones de baile de la frontera mexicana se compite por el turismo hispano del sur de California.

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Feliz Ano Nuevo at Rosarito Beach Hotel
Feliz Ano Nuevo at Rosarito Beach Hotel
Photograpy by Yuri Krasov
January, 2011

Feliz Ano Nuevo at Rosarito Beach Hotel
Art and Entertain Me. San Francisco. January 08, 2011. by Emma Krasov.

New Year’s Eve in Mexico… margaritas, mariachi, mar… Latin lovers! But don’t let me get carried away. As I start writing this story, my husband Yuri (of so many years) and I are waiting for a camera-ready sunset on the balcony of our oceanfront suite at the Rosarito Beach Hotel Pacifico Tower.

There is something enticing about staying in a big hotel off-season. Undisturbed swimming pools, wind-swept sandy beaches lined with swaying palms, angry waves, moving to the shore in bottle-green rolls – lead-gray beneath the horizon line...

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