Tourism, Art & Culture

Art, Culture, & TourismTourism, Art & Culture

Individuals, institutions and companies, convention and visitor’s bureaus, related services (such as caterers), transportation providers, airlines, tourism infrastructure, tourism property development, travel agents, and individuals involved in the buying, selling and supplying of services to the tourism industry.

How To Get Involved

By serving on the Tourism, Art & Culture Committee, you can participate in grassroots policy development, exchange ideas and information through cross-border communication and collaboration, and contribute to the implementation and advancement of cross-border projects. Contact your co-chairs today!

Arizona Co-Chairs

Sonoran Co-Chairs


Information for Traveling Artists

U.S. Citizens Traveling Abroad
Foreign Citizens Traveling to the U.S.


Resources


Additional Links


AMC Grant Project

Click here to view the Art & Culture Grant Project


Past Plenary Presentations

2013 Fall Plenary Session – Hermosillo, Sonora


Current Action Items

Archived Action Items

Action Item 1

Due Date: June 30, 2014

The Tourism Committee will continue to work with different communities and organizations to enhance the image of the border region, focusing on disseminating accurate information to expedite crossings on both sides of the border. Objective: The Tourism Committee will continue to work with different organizations and agencies to improve how information on immigration requirements for tourist entrance is communicated. The Tourism committee will also work on projects to develop a positive image of the border region.

Tactic A

Due Date: June 30, 2014

Tactic A): The Tourism Committee will coordinate annual meetings with potential visitors, organizations and agencies in the Sonora-Arizona region regarding the needs of accurate information and how to properly communicate accurate information on immigration. These meetings will take place in various tourism forums that will be held on both sides of the border including universities of the State of Arizona specifically before Spring Break.

Tactic B

Due Date: June 30, 2014

Tactic B): The Tourism Committee will work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to secure border crossing statistics on a quarterly basis from CBP to be made available to Tourism Committee members.

Tactic C

Due Date: June 30, 2014

Tactic C): The Tourism Committee will work with the tourist private industry to help promote tourism products and continue to identify existing initiatives and promotion groups and seek the best collaboration and creation of strategic partnerships among these groups. The Tourism Committee will work with wine growers and wine associations on both sides of the border to share best practices and facilitate linkages with information that will benefit the wine industry in the Arizona-Sonora region.

Tactic D

Due Date: June 30, 2014

Tactic D): The Tourism Committee will work with Nogales, AZ and Nogales Son. to continue efforts in both communities to develop tourism marketing opportunities and promote Ambos Nogales as a tourism destination.

Action Item 2

Due Date: June 30, 2014

The Tourism Committee will work on improving the perception of the region in terms of the security of visitors traveling through Sonora and Arizona. Objective: The Tourism Committee will continue to advocate for policies that facilitate, legitimate and secure traffic of individuals, groups and available services along the border.

Tactic A

Due Date: June 30, 2014

Tactic A): Continue to review and develop information for group and individual tourism into Sonora. Each state website will include links with updated travel information on necessary documentation. In the case of Sonora, to promote the Angeles Verdes service that are available for the tourist from Arizona.

Tactic B

Due Date: June 30, 2014

Tactic B): Work with the appropriate entities on both sides of the border and the private industry to support efforts such as the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) effort to lobby the U.S. Federal government to have U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provide adequate staffing at the newly expanded Mariposa Port of Entry (POE) and other POEs that lack adequate agents to deal with the demands of the traveling public.

Action Item 3

Due Date: June 1, 2014

To establish new and effective channels of exchange and markets for the work of artists from both states.

Tactic A

Due Date: June 1, 2014

To develop dynamic technology to increase cross border artist dialogue and exchange and to showcase the work of visual, literary, and performing artists in both states.

Tactic B

Due Date: June 1, 2014

The Arts and Culture Committee will increase contact among members on a bimonthly basis to move our collective agenda forward with expediency. In addition, members of the Arizona-Mexico Commission Arts and Culture Committee and selected arts, tourism, and business leaders will visit Hermosillo, Sonora to meet with artists, art administrators, the Sonora Tourism Association, business leaders, Consulate staff, and the staff of the Instituto Sonorense de Cultura with the objective of building understanding and developing cross border partnerships which will result in one or two cross border events.

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Accomplishments

Deepwater PortsWhere: Guaymas, Sonora
What: Deepwater Port Expands Tourism and Trade
Pillars: Trade
In 1959, early AMC accomplishments included a survey of seaports that called attention to Guaymas, Sonora, as a port for future development. In 2004, an AMC Transportation Committee study investigated and assessed the viability of the Port of Guaymas as a potential maritime addition to the Canamex Corridor. In 2008, cruise ships began docking in the now deepwater port.