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Fourth Annual Shrimp Festival Surpasses Expectations

The 4th annual shrimp festival recently took over shrimp plaza across from city hall, surpassing expectations with an estimated 40% increase in attendance.

Rafael Gonzalez Valenzuela, director of convention and visitors Bureau (OCV), reported the six hour event welcome nearly 500 people, compared to 350 from the year before. With this result, he exclaimed, he felt it just to state that promotional efforts for the event had been a success.

He stressed that despite the difficult economic situation currently facing Puerto Pe�asco, as well as other tourist destination in the state, they were able to draw in a substantial number of visitors, including those aboard two charter buses. He noted that between 80 to 85% of those attending the 4th holding of the event were foreign visitors, principally representing the United States and Canada.

Gonzalez Valenzuela indicated the event included the participation and support of eight restaurants, who offered tasty samplings of their specialties, six commercial business, and numerous artistic groups who delighted spectators. The OCV director commented that given these results, for 2010 they will seek to enhance the Shrimp Festival both in quality as well as the number of visitors.

Gonzalez Valenzuela underscored his appreciation for the direct and indirect support of the municipal administration, the State Government, the superior technological institute of Puerto Pe�asco, the technological university of Hermosillo, as well as that of local restaurants and business. He emphasized they would continue working in a coordinated manner with Canirac, canaco, the municipal administration and the state commission for the promotion of tourism in order to boost and improve tourism for Puerto Pe�asco (Rocky Point).

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