2012 will be written down in tourism history books as one of the best years for Baja California when it comes to gastronomy, sports, culture and art which have demonstrated their greatness far beyond the borders, explained Juan Tintos Funcke who is the head director of the Secretariat for Tourism in an interview with SanDieogoRed.
The local economy for a long time has depended on tourism in the state, which in the past had made it very difficult for many business owners because of the wave of violence the state suffered from, but throughout 2012 things have gone back to normal little by little.
Funcke indicated that this year there was an increase of 5% in hotel occupancy in the state, particularly in Tijuana and in Ensenada.
Ensenada known also as the "Cinderella of the Pacific", there has been a total of 557 events that have been celebrated so far this year, which include the festivities of the “Valle de Guadalupe” that has become one of the top destinations along the Pacific Ocean nationally, and is surpassed only by Cozumel that is the most popular tourist destination searched for on the Internet.
In Tijuana one can assume that the growth that it has gone through is due to sports, specifically the great impact that the local soccer team, Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, has had in the city, but that’s not quite true.
Funcke stated that this border region has also transformed into the headquarters for business events, technology and medical tourism.
Culture and art has had its share of success as well, with events such as “Entijuanarte” and “Tijuana Innovadora.”
The greatness of the state has also been reflected in the number of films that have been produced in the region, which have brought such celebrities like Edward James Olmos and Robert Redford, and also many sources of international media to the state that has attracted the attention of visitors from around the world.