Becky Guerra, a principal and manager of both Nuevo Santander Gallery and The Patio on Guerra, met recently with members of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Forum. 

This regularly scheduled meeting for Chamber members of the hospitality industry was conducted at El Rocio Retreat in the serene atmosphere for which this unique property is noted.  Ms Guerra spoke to representatives from the hotel, restaurant, and tourism industry about the evolution of Art Walk, which has become a McAllen institution in just four years and the challenges of forming an Art District that can accommodate a variety of stakeholders.

Guerra also described a similar evolution of The Entertainment District which has also experienced “growing pains” as the various venues have created unique identities matching their diverse clientele.  The Patio on Guerra opened successfully just three years ago and is already expanding due to increased demand. 

Dr. Marsha Gamel Nelson, owner of El Rocio, welcomed the attendees, some of whom experienced this delightful property for the first time.

“The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and CVB try to vary our programs and venues each month to inform, motivate and listen to our Hospitality partners” notes Jim Deuser of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.  “It’s a pleasure to introduce people to this ‘jewel’ in the Upper Valley that contributes so much to our quality of life.  Thanks to Marsha and her husband Dan for making this available for our group.”