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June 8, 2012

G20 Summit Report: Los Cabos Preps for the Summit

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Los Cabos, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

The preparations for the G20 Summit, June 18 -20, are well underway throughout the entire Los Cabos community. Advance teams are seen everywhere, busy setting up logistics, security experts are testing systems and locating check points, stage designers are scouring the numerous meeting venues and Local, State and Federal leaders are rallying their various constituents to insure everyone is reading from the same playbook. To compound the task of coordinating the official G20 Summit, there is a bundle of other related events taking place pre and post — B20 (commerce ministers), L20 (labor), Y20 (youth) and numerous other government and non-governmental organizations are holding their own mini-summits.

While all the technical preparations are taking place behind the scenes, the destination is getting a full-fledged facelift. From the time visitors arrive at the airport until they settle in to their hotel or private villa, they will see workers painting roadside curbs, landscaping every inch of the highway, upgrading signage, patching pot holes…you name it and it’s on the to do list. Being here for the last four days has been like living inside a time lapse camera. Every day brings a new improvement and change of scenery.

The job of sorting out where to house over 20 world leaders, foreign ministers, and international press representatives is not only a logistical nightmare it is a political chess game. After all, someone has to be one floor below. The heads of state and their immediate entourage will be accommodated in seven primary hotels all located along the “tourism corridor” stretching between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Starting on the north end they are the One & Only Palmilla, Westin Los Cabos, Secrets Marquis, Las Ventanas, Fiesta Americana Grand, Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar and Esperanza (rumored to be the headquarters for the USA delegation). The foreign ministers will be centralized in the Barcelo Resort in San Jose del Cabo a few doors away from the international press core headquartered in the Hotel Grand Faro. When the impact of the G20 is finally calculated, it’s safe to say that every pillow in Los Cabos will have been dented.

For any “civilians” visiting Los Cabos from June 15-20 by private jet, they might want to check for FBO restrictions. We were told that the San Jose del Cabo private terminal will be closed and the only other available option is the private airport located near Cabo San Lucas.

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