Representatives from the Town of Vail are making arrangements to visit their counterparts in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, later this week for a fact-finding trip to explore the possibility of forming a Sister Cities relationship. At the invitation of the mayor of San Miguel de Allende, Mauricio Trejo, Vail’s five-member delegation will travel to the central Mexico region May 21-24 to learn more about a possible Sister Cities affiliation with the city.
Vail’s delegation will be headed by Mayor Andy Daly. Also in attendance will be Dave Chapin, council member; Stan Zemler, town manager; Kelli McDonald, economic development manager; and Beth Slifer, chair of the Vail Local Marketing District Advisory Council. Related travel expenses for the Vail delegates will be paid for by the Town of Vail, with San Miguel hosting meals and accommodations.
During their visit, the Vail representatives will meet with officials from the city as well as San Miguel’s tourism office to discuss the possibility of a long-term relationship that would foster educational and cultural exchanges.
Surrounded by mountains at an elevation of 7,000 feet, San Miguel is located in the state of Guanajuato about 170 miles northeast of Mexico City. Founded in 1541, San Miguel de Allende is best known for its art and cultural influences. Historic buildings feature Colonial and Spanish architecture that date from the 17th and 18th centuries. The city has since evolved from an agricultural center to an international tourism destination with a vibrant art scene, culinary offerings and cultural festivals.
Most notably, San Miguel has become a popular destination for many of Vail’s Mexican guests and second homeowners and the potential for a relationship with San Miguel is seen as an opportunity to further strengthen Vail’s relationship with its Mexican guests, according to Mayor Daly. He says the trip will serve to explore common threads between the two cities and to identify the potential for ongoing discussions. “This is an important first step to tour the city and to meet with representatives from San Miguel to examine the possibilities of an ongoing relationship and ultimately what form that might take,” he said. “We’re intrigued by the prospect and we’re delighted San Miguel reached out to us.”
The last fact-finding trip arranged by the Town of Vail took place in April 2014 when a group traveled to Park City and Deer Valley in Utah to learn more about Vail’s competition and best practices as part of an overall strategy to keep Vail in a leadership position.
The Town of Vail has had a Sister Cities relationship with St. Moritz, Switzerland, since 1982. In 1997, a relationship was forged with Delatite Shire/Mt. Buller, Australia, which has included a series of student and employee exchanges.
Contact: Andy Daly, 970-479-2100
Town of Vail Mayor