Analyzing possibility of Hotel Casino: Pascua Yaqui tribe visit to Puerto Peñasco

By José Antonio Pérez

Members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe visited Puerto Peñasco this past week to analyze possibilities of establishing a Hotel-Casino in the port, which would boost the economy and ongoing tourism for the city.

Pascua Yaqui Governor Robert Valencia, along with members of the Tribal Council as well as Brian Hoeffner and Steve Noely of “Casino del Sol”, met with Peñasco mayor Ernesto “Kiko” Munro to express investment interests in this seaside destination, particularly as it is the closest beach to Arizona.

The Mayor, along with members of his cabinet, similarly stated their interest in seeing the Casino del Sol resort project become a reality, as it would provide yet another offering for tourists to the port while creating economic revenue and generating both direct and indirect jobs.

Pointing to the possibility of rounding out the year with a reported 2.5 million visitors to the area, which would represent a 40% increase during the present administration, the mayor emphasized Puerto Peñasco’s doors are open to new investment, offering investors possibilities to develop projects which in turn help create more jobs.  He believed a Hotel-Casino would be a great attraction for visitors, as well as being the first in Mexico, which would put the city ahead of the curve over other tourist destinations.

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