The Port of San Diego, the Sportfishing Association of California and the San Diego Port Tenants Association recently returned from a joint trade mission to the City and Port of Mazatlan, Mexico.

The mission took place from Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3, 2015. This trip follows a recent San Diego regional trade mission to Mexico City that was organized by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Pacific Ocean ports in Southern California and Mexico represent a region of business opportunity. Shared areas of interest include cruise shipping, product shipping, yachting, marine recreation and tourism. The purpose of this trade mission was to promote and restore maritime, commerce and tourism trade. The Port's participation in this meeting sought to establish communications directly between the leadership of the two ports on a government and business level. Subjects discussed included cruise destinations, visitor safety, and maritime business opportunities. The trade mission included a tour of the city and its cruise ship terminal, as well as the public safety facilities of the Mazatlan Police Department.

"It was a delight to see how well the leadership of Mazatlan have renewed and revitalized this lovely city," said Port of San Diego Chairman Dan Malcolm. "The beaches, restaurants and hotels were immaculate, and the beachfront boardwalk had a lively atmosphere, with artwork, fountains and palm trees. The Port of Mazatlan has all the facilities needed to serve cruise ships and visiting yachts. Most importantly, the people of Mazatlan were friendly and welcoming."

"This Port is poised to restore its status as a marine recreation and cruise ship destination. It's clean, safe and customer friendly," said Ken Franke, President of the Sportfishing Association of California. "We were especially impressed with the measures taken to enhance public safety and ensure that visitors to Mazatlan have a safe experience to remember."

The trip was organized by the Sportfishing Association of California, a marine industry association representing tourist companies from throughout Southern California and Mexico. The group is seeking to enhance U.S.-Mexico trade, specifically in marine recreation in the form of diving, sportfishing, yachting events and general maritime business.

Participants included: Dan Malcolm, Chairman of the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners; Randa Coniglio, Executive Vice President for the Port of San Diego; Acting Harbor Police Chief Mark Stainbrook; Sharon Cloward, President of the San Diego Port Tenants Association; and Ken Franke, President of the Sportfishing Association of California.

The delegates met with Carlos Felton, Mayor of Mazatlan; Frank Cordova, Secretary of Tourism for the State of Sinaloa; Alfonso Gil Diaz, General Director of Integral Port Management of Mazatlan; and other members of the government of the Sinaloa state.