Archive for January, 2010
It took a lot longer than expected…, but we just updated our www.CrossborderTours.com website, and have also launched a new e-brochure, outlining our business educational tours much better than in the past. Way back in 1997, Crossborder started offering guided educational visits to Baja California to help people better understand maquiladora manufacturing, Ports of Entry infrastructure, consumer market changes, health care, immigration, the environment — and, frankly, a whole host of issues that Crossborder Group had done research and consulting on. Our first client: Dr. Don Booth of Chapman University — a great educator, colleague and friend that is still a client 13 years on….
Over the years, it’s led to what we now call “CrossborderTours” — our business unit that is focused on providing these services for universities, non-profits, and corporate clients. In fact, to-date we’ve taken nearly 3,000 students, professors, business people and government representatives on trips since we started. In 2007, we expanded to other areas of Mexico (such as Guadalajara, Monterrey, Queretaro and Mexico City) and in 2009 added business and industrial areas of the United States — an expansion that allows us to show off some great, globally competitive companies and regions that are growing in the US.
We’re already starting off the year with two upcoming tours: we’ll be bringing the Southern California Leadership Network (affiliated with the LA Chamber of Commerce) and SDSU’s Executive MBA program down in March and April of this year (two wonderful, returning clients), and will be announcing some new program options later in 2010. We’ll keep you posted!
Download the new, 2010 CrossborderTours e-brochure here… (900kb, PDF): 2010-CrossborderTours-EBrochure
A January USAToday article commented on the possible impact of US passport requirements for those crossing the border to enjoy the upcoming, 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The relatively new land border identification requirements (which went into effect in mid-2009) might not only impact border crossers for the Olympics, but have had an ongoing impact on short-term tourism (“day-trippers”) in Mexican communities along the entire US-Mexico border. While additional research in 2010 is needed, the USAToday article quoted Crossborder’s President and CEO, Kenn Morris, on the impact these requirements have had (combined with other factors, including the economy, border waits, and security concerns).
You can download the article here [PDF]: 100106-USAToday-USBorderRequirements-Hilite