By Lisa Green
Last week, on the television show Jeopardy, the category was “Peninsulas,” and the $600 answer was, “The strip of land below the state of California.” The three bright contestants could not answer the question, “What is the Baja?”
Well, they and the world are about to find out as the G20 Summit convenes in Los Cabos on June 18. A spruced-up Cabo community proudly awaits the international leaders with a new convention center, manicured gardens, new highways and resurfaced, lit roads with landscaped medians. Leaders from the world’s 20 largest economies and their staffs, along with international press, will be welcomed at more than 20 of Los Cabos’ world-class vacation resorts. This remarkable convergence of power will definitely spark energy and excitement in this already dynamic region of Baja.
The G20 Summit was created in 2007 in response to the world economic crisis, in recognition of the need to broaden the international economic community to include some key emerging countries. The G20 includes finance ministers and Central Bank governors, presidents and prime ministers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, the European Union, and Mexico.
As the host country for the G20, which meets annually, Mexico sets the theme and has designated priorities: global economic stability, growth and employment, financial inclusion, the interconnected global economy, and the volatility of commodities, especially those that affect food security. Mexico seeks to promote green economy and sustainable development, with a focus on infrastructure, energy efficiency, and climate change.
In advance of this summit, the T20 Tourism Ministers met last week in Merida, Mexico to discuss tourism as a way to help lift the global economy and create employment.
Security in the region is already high and will become more intense as the high-level dignitaries begin to arrive June 15. There will be some disruption to mobility along the “corridor” in Los Cabos between Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, and the Airport. The toll road to the airport will be closed to the public from June 14-19. The local road through San Jose will be open for public airport access. Private planes will all land at the Cabo San Lucas Airport.
There were false reports that beach access would be limited or obstructed; however, boating activity will be restricted close to shore and the marinas will be closed June 18-19. Plan to check before heading out to any activity to make sure they’re on and accessible, because things might change along the way. Plan extra time, carry ID, and be ready for delays, especially near Cabo del Sol.
These minor inconveniences come with great reward for Los Cabos. As the first Latin American country to host this event, it is an opportunity to showcase the natural beauty, culture and warmth of the Mexican people and our magical Baja. One of the best gifts of the G20 is the brand-new four-lane highway linking Los Cabos to Todos Santos to La Paz. In the ease of less than an hour, you can transport yourself (or be transported) between three micro-climates and enjoy the temperate weather of “Desert Meets Ocean” that Todos Santos offers.
To learn more about Cabo San Lucas and what makes it a magnet for visitors from throughout the world, visitits guide page, where you can also find out more about dining and accommodations in nearby destinations, like San Jose del Cabo and Todos Santos. (If you are lucky enough to live in Los Cabos and want to Escape The G-20, why not head north for a visit to Todos Santos and take advantage of some great deals?)
As the world watches and holds hope that this group will achieve their goals and stimulate a global economic recovery, Los Cabos will shine as the worldwide media places its spotlight on pristine beaches and impossibly blue seas. Next time, it is likely that the Jeopardy contestants will know the answer is “Baja.”
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