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Maybe this is an idea for city of San Angelo government officials to give some thought.

The city of Laredo is using the lure of Covid-19 vaccinations to entice travelers from Mexico City in shop promotions to come to Laredo and spend their money.

In a story by KXAN-TV, Democratic U.S. House Representative Henry Cuellar, who hails from Laredo, says the tourism campaign was launched to get Mexican citizens who need coronavirus shots to visit the city.

“Laredo is allowing foreign tourists vaccinations,” Cuellar said. “You can fly from Mexico City, come in and they check it out with the state, so they are doing that.”

Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz says the campaign is three weeks old and so far, has been a success.

Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz confirmed to Border Report that the campaign has been ongoing for about three weeks. And he said that the three weekly direct flights from Mexico City to Laredo “are packed.”

 

“We’re actively promoting visitors and people from Mexico City and Mexico to fly in — since our bridges are closed to non-essentials and the only way they can get in is through our airport. So anyone coming from Mexico through our airport can get vaccinated,” Saenz said.

KXAN says state officials were consulted before the campaign was launched and Saenz says they hope to open to city to more tourism once travel restrictions are lifted.

“Once the bridges open hopefully we can invite and promote more tourism to come to our city and receive the vaccine and spend some time with us and hopefully do some shopping as well,” Saenz said.

What do you think? Should San Angelo consider bringing in foreigners needing Covid shots to boost tourism? Would it be safe? One question that was not addressed in the story that would have to be answered would be how and who would pay for the vaccines? Let us know your opinion on Facebook or chat with us on our station app.

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