LOS CABOS BREAKING NEWS - WE ARE OPENING WITH FOUR NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS!
Like everyone, the corporate event & conference industry is waiting hopefully for signs of reopening progress. As of this week, Los Cabos has some great news to share.
The economic sectors of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur are working together to revive the tourism industry in the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula.
Our destination is not only an important destination for foreigners remaining in Mexico but an area with adapted businesses and infrastructure that attracts international visitors more than any other place in all of Mexico.
Nearly 20,000 foreigners, mostly retirement aged Americans and Canadians, make Baja California Sur a seasonal or permanent or home. Half of these expats choose Los Cabos. No wonder corporate and private event planners feel so comfortable with the resulting amenities that exist here.
One of the programs Los Cabos is planning is to impart a special Punto Limpio or Clean Point quality certification that will ensure event visitors stay safe while seeking a sand and surf “Bleisure” trip.
The certification will be rolled out in hotels, restaurants, and with tour providers, as well as in airports where arriving passengers will have their temperatures monitored by thermal imaging and have to fill out risk factor questionnaires.
Cabo is also rolling out a five-step phased reopening plan. The goal of the plan is to be completely open for business in 2021.
CLEAN POINT OPENING PHASES
Phase 1: Starting June 1, the city began to allow limited travel while implementing the new health and safety protocols. According to the tourism board, a total of 65 hotels (62 percent) reopened their doors. This phase allows for travelers limited arrival in the second half of June and limits the use of beaches and infrastructure at 30 percent capacity. On June 20, Los Cabos will start welcoming flights from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Dallas, Phoenix, Chicago, Charlotte, Houston, and Chicago with airlines including American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines with Spirit Airlines returning in July.
Phase 2: By July they will begin the international terminal at the airport will begin reopening, resuming most flights from other countries to SJD, San Jose Del Cabo International Airport. On July 4, Eastern Airlines will launch its first direct flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Los Cabos operating twice a week.
Phase 3: By August and September, the city will focus on boosting both national and international arrivals and begin rebooking reservations that had to be postponed due to COVID-19. Authorities are hoping that at least half of the estimated visitors will return to the area for these months.
Phase 4: From October through December, the city plans to promote luxury and group travel, welcoming visitors from Canada and the UK. This phase remains flexible according to how well health protocols and businesses respond to a higher number of tourists.
Phase 5: The city hopes that in the first quarter of 2021 60 percent of air connectivity and 80 percent of bookings can be restored.
BLUE FLAG DISTINCTION AND SEMAFORO PROTOCOL
Mexico now has 63 beaches that have been awarded the “Blue Flag" distinction, an international standard operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education, that will certify beaches, ships, and marinas that have met the organizations stringent environmental, educational, safety and access-related criteria.
The Blue Flag is awarded by a national and international jury that recently announced the addition of 10 beaches to the list of 53 that had already been awarded the distinction.
The decision puts Mexico in first place for the Americas in the number of Blue Flag beaches and 13th in the world. Those added to the list, which will be allowed to fly the Blue Flag beginning July 1, include three in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, La Gaviota, Monument, and El Surgidero.
Also, our state government has announced another pandemic safety protocol, Semaforo, that, commencing June 15, allows the opening of restaurants, hotels, car rental companies, sports fishing, assorted retailers, parks, and outdoor activities. It will also allow the opening of the pristine beaches of Medano, Chileno, Las Viudas, Palmilla, Costa Azul, El Tule, Buenavista, La Ribera and Cabo Pulmo.
Beaches will be open from10:00 am to 6 pm with 30% of their space accessible. In all locations, safe distancing will be enforced, as will the use of masks. Worth it, we say!
THE SAFE TRAVELS STAMP
In addition to the Clean Point, Blue Flag, and Semaforo Programs, Los Cabos also received the “Safe Travels" seal by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Los Cabos is one of the first approved destinations in Mexico to obtain this designation. The Safe Travels seal and hygiene protocols are based on international standards supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
“We congratulate Los Cabos for being part of this important initiative and helping us to reshape the new reality for the travel industry. Our guidelines’ main objective is to build trust with all travelers. A future where travel is not only safe and secure, but also provides authentic and meaningful experiences to all travelers is critical in our path forward,” said Gloria Guevara, President & CEO of the WTTC.
Also collaborating on this initiative are the World Health Organization, the International Air Transport Association, the Centers for Disease Control, and some 200 CEOs in the travel business, the Airport Council International and the Cruise Lines International Association, and is meant to let travellers know these locations are safe to visit.
Baja California Sur Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis said it is an honor to include our state in the list of destinations with the travel seal. We strongly support protocols for the health care of travelers, it is our main commitment.
Los Cabos Tourism - Meetings & Events Protocols Highlights from Toolkit
- Have clear, consistent and enhanced communication with customers on new health and hygiene safety protocols, both digitally and physically at hotels
- Safe reopening Meetings & Events space with specific actins to ensure social distancing, disinfection and food safety.
- Limit the number of attendees (1 person per 2 square-metre space).
- Tracking system in case a delegate becomes ill after visiting the destination
- Encouraging physical distancing by posting new signage to ensure proper separation in lines and common areas, reconfiguring public spaces, or limiting the number of employees and customers in various areas.
- Us of IT to mitigate risks, arrangement of venue to reduce touch points and regular cleaning of touch points and QR code for registration to ease the congestion.
- Advance booking technology for visiting exhibiting booths to lower gathering crowds.
- Employees will wear mouth covers and gloves.
- Sanitizing gel in all areas.
More than 4 million tourists were welcomed to Los Cabos in 2019, and the loss of tourist activities has been difficult for our beautiful destination. However, we are poised to make a fast comeback. Given the many years Los Cabos has been a thriving destination for international visitors and foreign residents, our city thoroughly understands its’ important place in the global travel industry.
Local authorities remain confident about how the pandemic is being handled locally and want locals and visitors to enjoy our amenities in complete health and safety. With no less than Four Health and Safety Protocols in effect, it’s easy to see why.
Please reach out with any questions you may have, we’re here to help. Meanwhile, planners - let’s get back to the drawing board!
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