Tijuana Trolley Tourism Campaign Officially Unveiled

Created: 26 June, 2018
Last update: 27 July, 2022

By Mario A. Cortez

An eye-catching, Mexican pink Trolley car and the Tijuana tourism campaign it promotes were officially unveiled by officials from both sides of the border at a press event this week.

The trolley car, which bears the name “Tijuana” in large, white letters and icons representing attractions south of the border, has been traveling through San Diego since early June along the Blue and Green Trolley lines. The wrap decorating this wagon is part of an effort by Baja California’s Secretary of Tourism to promote tourism to the adjacent Mexican state.

With a daily average of 30,000 users along the Blue Line, which connects downtown to the border, the campaign looks to create greater awareness about what Tijuana has to offer as a serious tourist destination to riders along this rail line and the Green Line, which connects East County to downtown.

“Not only does (the Trolley ad) tell you all the great things and venues that Tijuana and Baja have to offer, but it is a great way of showing people to get to the border down to Baja California Norte,” said Rob Shupp, Metropolitan Transit System director of marketing.

Among the icons representing Tijuana’s tourist draws are music notes, beer hops, seafood, palm trees, soccer balls, lucha libre masks, the Tijuana Cultural Center dome outline, and tacos, among other icons.

Joe Tersi, director of the San Diego Tourism Authority, was excited about officially revealing this campaign highlighting Tijuana’s tourist attractions.

“I could not be happier to have an opportunity to graphically represent the great city of Tijuana and what is happening there to bring more people to our region, to benefit both our economies and keep making this fabulous megaregion grow,” Tersi stated.

Oscar Escobedo Carignan, Baja California’s secretariat of tourism, said that thanks to this binational promotion effort, the Secretary plans on seeing an increase in tourism to Baja California. According to a figure shared by Escobedo Carignan, out of the 16.5 million visits to Baja California in 2017, 84 percent originated from California.

“This is how important the relationship between California and baja California is,” Escobedo Carignan pointed out. “Today, the brotherly ties between Baja California and California, and particularly between San Diego and the city of Tijuana, were made clear.”

As part of this advertising campaign, Baja’s Secretary of tourism has paid MTS about $187,000 to promote Tijuana on trolley lines from June through September, San Diego’s most active tourism months. Funds used for this campaign come from a tax on hotel rooms in Baja.