Laura Dvorak 5:47 p.m., Dec. 6
Border News Translations: Small Business Blues; Cruise Tourists Gone
TIJUANA (El Sol de Tijuana, Laura Sánchez Law) - Unfair competition by black markets, street vendors, armed assaults and cumbersome paperwork to standardize business are the main problems faced by more than 9,000 businesses in the city, as told by Karim Chalita Rodríguez, President of the local Kanak. In an interview, the business owner explained that due to these problems they have had a series of meetings with delegates of the delegations in Tijuana to establish bonds and implement support programs for businesses located in each delegation. "And this is a problem, as many tenants feel a lack of support or lack of confidence with the authorities of the delegation," he noted. Chalita Rodríguez reported that a number of members of its 9,000 shops are facing big problems, such as the sale of vehicles in the streets, the mobile market, insecurity and cumbersome procedures. "The relationship between the Kanak and the Town Hall has been mostly positive, but merchants have a general concern for standardization to give simple steps to operate a business," he added. He said that, “Above all, when the merchant is affiliated with Kanak, municipal authorities are flexible because you know that this will guide them in the opening of its premises and to comply with regulations. The meeting was very good and the first agreement was to hold monthly meetings to be closer to delegations.” Finally, “We agreed that eradicating the problems of the trade in the city will not be easy, because problems facing the merchant will start with small things-such is the case for the simplification of procedures and prevention of the common law crime.”
TIJUANA (El Sol de Tijuana, Laura Sánchez Law) - Up to 80% of tourists arriving by cruise ship to Baja California will be lost due to taxation, problems of public safety and blame of the federal Government, said Mario Escobedo Carignan, President of the local CCE. Escobedo was one of the businessmen who attended meetings in the city of Mexico to try to manage agreements at solving border problems. One of them is widespread concern on the issue of the arrival of cruise ships to the region. Each ship pays on average from $30,000 to 50,000 for the number of passengers. "A Senator from Sinaloa made the recommendation to stop making this collection,” He noted. The arrival of marine cruises to Ensenada has decreased tax collections, and it will drop by up to 80 percent, said Mario Escobedo Carignan. He commented that in conjunction with American authorities the issue was raised to the federal Government level, however, we have been ignored. He said that although this situation badly affects Baja California. A few years ago 200 cruise ships a year landed in the Baja Californianas through inlets; currently it is 70. “We are going to lose 80 percent of those tourists arriving by cruise ship, and there are several problems, the issue of public safety is one of them,” lamented the President of the CCE in Tijuana. Millions of dollars are already leaving Baja California because of this situation, “and tourist businesses will lose the most”.