Memorial Day weekend fulfills expectations, highlights need for expanded border crossing

By José Antonio Pérez

U.S. Memorial Day weekend brought a 90% overall occupation rate to the Puerto Peñasco hospitality industry, representing an influx of approximately 34,500 visitors to the area, but also exposed the urgency of expanding the Sonoyta-Lukeville border crossing.

Hector Vázquez del Mercado, President of the local Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV), noted that due to operational and logistic faults at the international border, waits of up to 3 hours were experienced on Monday as people made their way North.

Over the last 5 years, Memorial Day tourism flow has been on a constant rise, detailed Vázquez del Mercado, “but if we want to improve this destination’s ability to compete in the tourism market, it is urgent to broaden the Port of Entry in order to speed up vehicle crossing.”

Vázquez del Mercado highlighted in the area of safety, this Memorial Day weekend was marked with a positive balance, proving the successful impact of the Lukeville-Puerto Peñasco Safety Corridor.




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