Tunick to return with other artists
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The Tourism Council and the Tourism, Economic Development and International Affairs Department will be teaming up in 2013 to improve the tourism industry in the city. Once again, this year photographer Spencer Tunick will visit the city, and this time he will bring other artists from New York with him.
In 2006, Luis Alberto Villarreal García created the Department of Tourism, Economic Development and International Affairs; later during the same administration the task of tourism promotion was handed over to the Tourism Council, also created by Villarreal. In 2012 responsibility for generating tourism was reassigned to the Economic Development Department. María José Garrido, head of that department, commented that the idea is to work as a team and not to duplicate activities “because working as a team we can get better results.” Garrido commented that currently she is working with the Tourism Council on a strategic plan to decide how the council will promote the events organized by her department, “because the council does not have the authority to organize and the department does not have the authority to promote. If we organize and structure the events that we plan, then the council will promote them national and internationally, and that way we will see better results for tourism,” said Garrido.
Garrido said that her expectations for 2013 are clear and that the priority for the administration is tourism, and for that reason they will organize all the festivals, events and activities happening in the city to promote them and attract more tourists, not just on the weekends but also during the week. She said that if the people who come to San Miguel find out what is happening in the city they can organize their schedules and make plans to return and that all the festivals will be improved and supported this year.
In December 2012, Garrido and other local business people traveled to New York to promote San Miguel de Allende to tour operators. According to her, the trip was very productive. One outcome of their meetings was that a chef from Washington will come to San Miguel and produce an internationally disseminated feature about the city. The municipality also handed over a recognition to Spencer Tunick for choosing San Miguel as a city to visit and invited him for a month-long stay here along with other artists.