Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is visiting Guadalajara—a sister city with Tucson—for several days this week to promote trade and tourism.
Guadalajara is a city of more than 1.4 million inhabitants in the southwestern Mexican state of Jalisco. The University of Arizona has longstanding ties with the University of Guadalajara, the second-oldest university in Mexico, and the two institutions collaborate on scientific, educational, and cultural programs.
So far, Mayor Rothschild has met with the Mayor of Guadalajara, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez. Tucson and Guadalajara both host internationally-recognized book festivals, and there were discussions about the festivals working more closely together. Mayor Rothschild also promoted Tucson’s healthcare sector and medical tourism.
Other visits include the UNESCO World Heritage City of Tequila, Jalisco—a natural partner for Tucson’s Agave Heritage Week—the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara, and the U.S. Commercial Service in Guadalajara, to discuss export opportunities for Tucson businesses. Mayor Rothschild also met with the State of Jalisco Jewelry Industry Association, promoting the Tucson Gem Shows to buyers and sellers from Guadalajara.