US Mexico Chamber of Commerce - Houston / The Woodlands / Gulf Coast

US Mexico Chamber of Commerce - Houston / The Woodlands / Gulf Coast Houston-The Woodlands - Gulf Coast Chapter promotes business between the USA & Mexico for both USA based companies as well as Mexico based companies.
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Invitación webinar: Una Mirada a las Reformas Fiscales 2021, miércoles 13 de enero 19:00 h
01/12/2021

Invitación webinar: Una Mirada a las Reformas Fiscales 2021, miércoles 13 de enero 19:00 h

01/05/2021

Americans Flooding Mexico, Some Staying Awhile

Americans Escaping to Mexico’s Open Arms
While the entire world is not closed to Americans many nations are; Mexico is one of the few that remains open. Americans like it because it is close, comfortable, and welcoming. It’s no secret that many Americans are escaping major cities, especially those with stringent lockdown measures, for a little rest and relaxation. Florida is experiencing some of the highest demand relative to 2020 traffic.
Mexico doesn’t require a COVID-19 test nor proof of a vaccine, largely unavailable to the traveling population anyway. That doesn’t mean Mexico doesn’t have any restrictions – they do. Like the US, the country is a collection of Mexican states each of which is free to impose its own regulations in the interest of public health.

In Baja California Sur, home to Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas, hotel workers are given free COVID-19 tests, restaurants are limited to 50% capacity, masks are to be worn indoors, and temperatures are taken upon entry. Puerto Vallarta, also a Pacific Ocean-side hotspot has been a busy tourist destination too.
In the state of Quintana Roo (home to Tulum, Cancun, and Cozumel), tourism remains down vs 2019, but is markedly up with respect to the rest of the world. The Caribbean Sea side of Mexico has seen hundreds of thousands of tourists despite Mexico holding the fourth most deaths outpaced by just Brazil, India, and the US.
However, COVID-19 cases are far more likely to be fatal in Mexico with a total mortality rate of 8.8% vs. the relatively low 1.71% and falling in the United States.

It’s Not All Leisure
It’s not all margaritas and flip flops, however. One of the busiest areas of the country is Mexico City, the largest city in North America. The metropolitan area has experienced a 50% decline over 2019 visitor numbers when 100,000 visited the city in November last year. However, in April, visitors had fallen to just 4,000, so it’s 50,000 visitors is indeed substantial.
One reason that visitors are coming to Mexico City is to work remotely. Escaping the restrictions of some US states, remote workers can go about their lives in a freer manner and some never plan to return.

While the Department of State warns Americans to avoid visiting the developing country as it battles the virus, more and more appear to be flouting those recommendations in favor of a Mexican lifestyle. And they can do so easily, not just because of the limited entry requirements, but also because of the generous stay allowances. Americans can visit Mexico on a tourist visa for up to six months consecutively making one of the easiest for which to relocate.
It’s fair to note some irony in the fact that Mexicans (and Central Americans more broadly) who have wanted to work in America but faced resistance may impose the same resistance on Americans coming to Mexico for a better work-life.
Some Mexicans also have concerns about the ability of hospitals to cope with an influx of new people should the coronavirus crisis extend longer. Foreigners could also bring new strains that, while not more deadly, may be more contagious such as the recent strain found in the UK.
For what it’s worth, cases in Colorado and California who tested positive for the new strain did not have a history of recent travel.

Wider Implications
Visiting Mexico is one thing, moving there is rather another. However, avoiding the cold northern winter in the US for the sunny shores of the Gulf of Mexico could have wider implications. Companies the world over have realized that the location of the employee matters little to the output of their work.
Remote workers were once seen as a marginal portion of the population but now acceptance has increased. Businesses can save money on real estate and expensive offices making a shift that seems natural, resources can be allocated to other aspects of the business.

This will also have long term implications even after COVID is a distant memory. Instead of recruiting employees locally, and hiring the best available at the time a company needs them in an area for which they are needed, the whole world is available as a talent pool. People living in areas of Mexico regardless of nationality can work for US companies, and likewise the other way around.
Employees can choose where they want to live and where they want to work as separate life choices. The US-Mexico remote worker shift may pave the way for more countries to adopt more generous visitation allowances or remote worker visas. Similarly, the US may ease restrictions on foreign workers as part of reciprocal agreements to benefit US workers and companies as well.
According to LinkedIn, 20% of jobs will go remote, opening up the world and diversity.

Conclusion
Americans are increasingly winding up in Mexico and it’s not solely for leisure purposes. Some workers are finding that Mexico is open for business and that it may be the best place for them to wait out the pandemic and its restrictions back home. I believe that it will lead to further remote work options for Americans and perhaps for other countries as well.
KYLE STEWART

12/28/2020

Thank you! Houston Intercontinental Airport.
IAH is the Best in the U.S., According to TSA

George Bush Intercontinental Airport was named Airport of the Year by the Transportation Security Administration. This is the second year in a row that the Houston airport has received the award.
The award recognizes TSA teams with outstanding achievements in key operations and mission support functions, according to a press release.

"The TSA team in Houston consists of more than 1100 employees from frontline TSA officers to inspectors, canine handlers, explosives experts, managers, program analysts and a host of others who work together every single day of the year to ensure that we protect the travelling public to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce," said Juan Sanchez, TSA's Federal Security Director for IAH. "Our team comprised of TSA officers and others demonstrate their commitment daily through their hard work, professionalism and commitment."

Following their success for winning the award last year, the airport was also recognized for maintaining the same pace this year, despite the coronavirus.

US Mexico Chamber of Commerce - Houston / The Woodlands / Gulf Coast's cover photo
12/24/2020

US Mexico Chamber of Commerce - Houston / The Woodlands / Gulf Coast's cover photo

12/23/2020

The Board of Directors and Management Team wish you the warmest holiday season and a wonderful 2021.

Join us on Tuesday for a discussion on doing business in Mexico.11am-12pm CDT
12/14/2020

Join us on Tuesday for a discussion on doing business in Mexico.
11am-12pm CDT

Congratulations to Maria Bolanos, longtime friend and volunteer of the USMCOC.https://www.yourconroenews.com/neighborhoo...
12/08/2020
Texas Familias Council recognizes library outreach coordinator

Congratulations to Maria Bolanos, longtime friend and volunteer of the USMCOC.
https://www.yourconroenews.com/neighborhood/moco/news/article/Texas-Familias-Council-recognizes-library-15781908.php#photo-20353827

For her diligence in connecting the community with their local library, Montgomery County Memorial Library System Outreach Coordinator Devery Johnson has been awarded the Texas Familias Council's first Machiliztli Award.

12/04/2020

Mexican Consulate to provide free COVID testing and also needs donating to help the most needy.
See request from the Mexican Consulate in Houston:

Dear USMCOC Houston-The Woodlands Chapter,

As part of the activities to commemorate International Migrants Day, next Saturday, December 19, the Consulate General will organize various actions, in order to help vulnerable sectors of our community.

Among them are the celebration of a Saturday Day (in which we will issue passports and Consular Registrations to the Mexican population); United Memorial Medical Center will install a COVID-19 testing center at our facility, and with the support of local partners, blankets and other items, as well as 1,000 pantries, will be donated to those affected by financial hardship. of this year.

Considering the proximity of the December holidays, I ask for your support to know if it is possible that the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce or its members support with the donation of some turkeys, which we know will be of great help to families in the city.

I thank you in advance for your attention and, as always, I remain at your service.

Best regards.

If you can donate please contact: Alejandro Macias at the Consulates office: [email protected]

11/24/2020

The USMCOC and its board members want to express our thanks to you for including us in your businesses and lives.

We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and weekend!

Wine Not Thursdays?Today: Virtual Networking via Zoom at 430pmAll welcome to share who you are. Meet others.
11/19/2020

Wine Not Thursdays?

Today: Virtual Networking via Zoom at 430pm
All welcome to share who you are. Meet others.

Meet us there.
11/18/2020

Meet us there.

Tomorrow, Thursday is the 3rd Thursday of the month so bring you preferred wine of beverage and join our Virtual networking at 430pm via Zoom.
Zoom meeting is 849 144 6223 Passcode 8wtQ4j

Tomorrow, Thursday is the 3rd Thursday of the month so bring you preferred wine of beverage and join our Virtual network...
11/18/2020

Tomorrow, Thursday is the 3rd Thursday of the month so bring you preferred wine of beverage and join our Virtual networking at 430pm via Zoom.
Zoom meeting is 849 144 6223 Passcode 8wtQ4j

11/18/2020

Our prayers for the people of Honduras and Nicaragua who are enduring the aftermath of Hurricane Iota which landed with 155MPH winds and lots of rain.
May their God be watching over them.
USMCOC Houston

Únete a la Cobertura Especial de las Elecciones Presidenciales de EE.UU. organizada por la #UDLAP y@udlapJenkinsgs. Este...
11/03/2020

Únete a la Cobertura Especial de las Elecciones Presidenciales de EE.UU. organizada por la #UDLAP y
@udlapJenkinsgs
. Este martes 3 de noviembre analiza con estudiantes y académicos UDLAP la Jornada Electoral a partir de las 8 h por #FBLive.

10/23/2020

NEW CABIN AIRFLOW STUDY: VIRTUALLY NON-EXISTENT RISK OF COVID-19 TRANSMISSION

A new study conducted by United Airlines and the Department of Defense has found that the risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard is virtually non-existent.

New Study By United Airlines Finds Virtually Zero Risk Of COVID-19 Transmission On Airplanes
The study, conducted by United and the DOD via the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), claims to be the most “comprehensive” on cabin airflow completed to date and demonstrates that when a passenger is seated and wearing a mask, on average only 0.003% of infected air particles could enter their breathing zone, even when every seat on the plane is occupied.

The study occurred entirely onboard United Airlines aircraft and found that 1.) fast onboard air recirculation, 2.) downward designed air ventilation, and 3.) efficient HEPA filters make the cabin of a United airplane one of the safest indoor environments in the world.

How The Test Was Conducted
United explained how testing, formally called TRANSCOM/AMC Commercial Aircraft Cabin Aerosol Dispersion Tests, was conducted:
The research, which also involved the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), was done by releasing particles across the entire cabin by section. Each section had 42 bio-defense sensors set up in every seat across multiple rows. Sensors were also placed in the galleys and jetbridge during ground testing. A mannequin (her name is Ruth!) equipped with an integrated aerosol generator was used to simulate breathing and coughing with a mask on and off. The sensors represented other passengers who could potentially come in contact with the particles emitted. To make the situation even more realistic, thermal blankets were used to simulate bodily heat emission onboard.

Key Data Points Of Airplane Cabin COVID-19 Study
Key date points of the study include:
Study took place over six months
300 tests conducted over 38 hours of flight time and 45 hours of ground testing on United aircraft
Each test released 180 million particles – equivalent to the number of particles that would be produced by thousands of coughs
The results showed that, when seated with a mask on, on average only 0.003% of particles actually made their way into another passenger’s breathing zone – the findings show that even in neighboring seats, risk is limited and that masks continue to help minimize exposure when someone coughs
Approximately 99.99% of particles were filtered out of the cabin within six minutes due to fast air circulation, downward air ventilation and efficient filtration systems on the plane
In addition to TRANSCOM, DARPA and United, study participants included Boeing, S3i, Zeteo Tech, and the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska.
What United Airlines Is Saying About The New Study
Addressing the new study, United’s Chief Customer Officer, Toby Enqvist, stated:
“Throughout the pandemic, our top priority has been the health and safety of our customers and crew. It’s why we supported the work of military officials, medical experts and aviation engineers that shows that the cabin of an aircraft is one of the safest environments in the world. These results from the Department of Defense demonstrate that the steps we have taken at United, including maximizing air flow, running our air filtration system at all times, enforcing a mandatory mask policy and overhauling our cleaning procedures mean your chances of COVID-exposure on a United aircraft are nearly non-existent, even if your flight is full.”

CONCLUSION
On the surface, this looks like incredible news that the risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard airplanes (at least United Airlines…) is near zero. Such a finding should bring more skeptical people back into the air and help move us toward a greater resumption in air travel.

From our CEO
10/12/2020

From our CEO

We're celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a special message from one of the city's Hispanic leaders, Irving City Councilman for Place 6, Al Zapanta. #NationalHispanicHeritageMonth #HispanicHeritage

Share your success in reopening your businesses.Facebook Live at 2pm every Tuesday.Details attached.
10/12/2020

Share your success in reopening your businesses.
Facebook Live at 2pm every Tuesday.
Details attached.

10/08/2020

Today our thoughts and prayers go to those in Louisiana who are about to be hit by yet another hurricance of great strength.

We were so glad to get the news that Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula had no casualties. Thank your God.

From the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Houston-The Woodlands-Gulf Coast USA

10/07/2020

Our thoughts and prayers for our friends and families in the Yucatan of Mexico as they face yet another storm in addition to all the other health, economic and political storms they are facing.
God bless you!

The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Houston-The Woodlands-Gulf Coast

US Mexico Chamber of Commerce - Houston / The Woodlands / Gulf Coast's cover photo
10/06/2020

US Mexico Chamber of Commerce - Houston / The Woodlands / Gulf Coast's cover photo

Please see an interview with our Executive Director, Pete Garcia and Univision regarding the future of the airline indus...
10/04/2020
Las aerolíneas American y United anuncian miles de despidos a menos que se pruebe un nuevo paquete de ayuda financiera

Please see an interview with our Executive Director, Pete Garcia and Univision regarding the future of the airline industry.

Se estima que cerca de 40,000 empleados de las dos aerolíneas se vean afectados, ya sea recibiendo notificaciones de despidos temporales o su pérdida total del trabajo. Los viajeros temen que, con la decisión, el servicio empeore drásticamente. La crisis también provocará el cierre de vuelos a...

US Mexico Chamber of Commerce - Houston / The Woodlands / Gulf Coast's cover photo
09/15/2020

US Mexico Chamber of Commerce - Houston / The Woodlands / Gulf Coast's cover photo

09/15/2020
08/25/2020

Due to Hurricane Laura we are postponing "Prepare to UnMask" until next week. Thank you for your understanding and we pray that everyone remain safe.

08/11/2020

Today's Facebook Live show " Prepare to Unmask" will not be aired.
We are taking a "Back to School" break as many parents prepare to manage the confusion of getting childreen back to school. We will be back August 25th at 2pm.
Thank you for participating as we re-open our busineses.

07/29/2020

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07/28/2020

Prepare to Unmask show delayed due to techinical difficulties. Please stand by.
Should start in 15 minutes.
Thank you for your patience.

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