Friday, June 14, 2024

En Breve: NL governor goes to Davos, Cancún’s Lucha Libre theme park and Tesla discounts

Nuevo León governor Samuel García heads to Davos 

In a social media post, Governor Samuel García announced on Sunday that he was bound for Davos, Switzerland, to participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (Jan. 16-20), which hasn’t been held in the alpine town since 2020. 

“We are heading to Davos to attend the World Economic Forum to meet with world leaders and CEOs of the largest companies,” posted García. “Keep an eye on my networks because I will keep you posted on the actions we’ll take to continue generating sustainable wealth in #NuevoNuevoLeón. Let’s go!”

As the only Mexican governor invited to the gathering of politicians, business leaders and billionaires, García said he will attend as part of the International Affairs Commission of the National Conference of Governors.

He also said he is having face-to-face meetings with executives from Heineken, Didi, Uber and “very important companies” from India and Asia. García intends to participate in the World Young Leaders of Davos.

Cancún to have a lucha libre theme park

Fibra Uno, a real estate investment trust, will invest 130 million pesos (US $6.92 million) to open “Luchatitlán”, a theme park dedicated to the culture of lucha libre wrestling in Cancún, Quintana Roo.

Rendering of “Luchatitlán” theme park, set to open in March in Cancún. (@VisitandoCancun Twitter)

The tourist attraction is set to open in March and will be located at La Isla shopping mall. The arena will hold 580 spectators and have a Mexican wrestling hall of fame, stalls selling snacks and a cantina with capacity for 220 people. 

“The idea is to bring Mexican popular culture closer to international tourism that arrives in Cancun,” said the CEO of Fibra Uno, Gonzalo Robina. Ticket prices are estimated to range from US $69 to US $109 per ticket.

Robina noted that while the industrial sector is still the primary focus for the company, their retail shopping center portfolio had given them “surprises”, as occupancy of commercial spaces increased.

Tesla offers discounts of up to 24% in Mexico

Tesla failed to meet Wall Street’s estimates for the fourth quarter of 2022 due to logistical disruptions, the persistent chip shortage, the slowdown in markets such as China, and inflation.

Hence, Tesla announced a worldwide price reduction of up to 20% on their cars. In Mexico, the discount reached up to 24% on the Model Y SUV (from US $84,083 to $US 63,859).

In addition to the reduced prices, Tesla is promoting gas savings to entice buyers.

According to Tesla’s calculations, the average Mexican drives between 15,000 and 25,000 km per year and “the cost of electricity to run the Model 3 is up to seven times less over the same distance.”

Reuters reported that Tesla owners can deduct up to $250,000 pesos (US $13,304), depending on their tax regimen, and are exempt from paying the tax on new cars (ISAN). In some states, Tesla owners also don’t pay the annual vehicle ownership tax (tenencia).

Oxxo launches a drive-thru coffee shop

The municipality of Apodaca in Nuevo León is host to the first Andatti Drive, Oxxo’s answer to Starbucks and Tim Horton’s. 

In a statement, Oxxo said that Andatti has been the most recognized coffee nationwide within its stores, making it the most consumed coffee brand in Mexico. 

According to Oxxo, Andatti Drive will be focused on offering drive-thru lanes, advanced order service, a rewards system through its own app and home delivery through various platforms.

With reports from Players of Life, Milenio, Aristegui Noticias and Expansión

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