Thu November 29, 2012
New Mexican President Brings Hope To Some, Tijuana Boosts Tourism, And Mezcal, A Traditional Drink
Some Mexican citizens hope the PRI's return to power in Mexico will bring stability to the country. A look at how the border city of Tijuana is trying to lure tourists by promoting a growing music scene, while more traditional tourist draws are still alive and kicking. Finally, Mezcal, tequila's cousin, is contributing to reverse migration to Mexico.
PRI Returns to Power in Mexico
Mexico swears in a new president on Saturday, and the hope is that Enrique Peña Nieto will be able to boost the economy and stabilize security. Both might be achieved if the nation ends its war on the drug cartels. Reporter Lorne Matalon has the story from northern Chihuahua where citizens explain their hopes for a new government and their yearning to live without terror.
Ever since fears of drug violence stemmed the flow of American visitors to Tijuana, the city’s been trying to revive tourism by promoting its new food, art and culture scenes. But Fronteras reporter Adrian Florido says that even as officials promote a newer, hipper Tijuana, vestiges of the city’s old tourism economy are still alive and kicking – such as plaster piggy banks.
Mezcal Contributing to Reverse Migration
In many villages in rural Mexico, family life has been torn apart by the exodus of adult men and some women to the U.S. The Pew Research Center says about 12 million Mexicans—about 15 percent of Mexico’s labor force—are in the U.S., both legally and illegally. But for one group of villages in Mexico, an unexpected rise in the popularity of a relatively unknown traditional drink is bringing some people home. Lorne Matalon explains.
Many tourists stopped visiting Tijuana in the wake of recent years of drug violence. But now, a blossoming local music scene is attracting fans from both sides of the border. From our Fronteras Desk in Tijuana, Erin Siegal reports.