We start tomorrow! I don't know exactly how many volunteers will show (One of the quirks of a volunteer group) but we are off an running. This is a group of Canadians and Americans who live in, and love, Mazatlan. We are tired of the negative publicity, but can't stop it. What we CAN do is get out there and meet with the tourists to let them know they are appreciated and that we volunteers, the City Police, the Tourist Police, the State Police, the Federal Police, the Army and the Navy, are watching out for them.
I had meetings today with the State Tourist Bureau and they are behind us 100% and we are co-ordination our program and theirs to make them mesh together effectively. They are printing maps that we can use. Turns out they were thinking the same thing I was and the maps will have a suggested walking route.
Then at 4 p.m. I had a meeting with the Director of the port of Mazatlan. He also is behind us 100% AND he wants us to put volunteers not inside the gate of the port, but AT THE GANGWAY where passengers disembark! We will be the first thing they see in Mazatlan! He is giving us a limited number of credentials for entry into the port. Amazing.
We don't yet have our T-shirts saying Mazatlan Tourist Aide, but we do have purple banners with a question mark on it and Mazatlan Tourist Aide Volunteer. We will be patroling the streets (Just downtown to begin with) and have a table in Plaza Machado, on the Malecon in Olas Altas and later mor farther up towad the Gold Zone. We will have maps and answers. If you see us, stop by and say "I heard about you on Trip Advisor'.
So tomorrow, it begins!