Regina Perez Ynsunza, a young student from Acapulco, won the Children's Essay Contest by the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) for her academic essay on the social and economic importance transatlantic cruises have on Mexico’s touristic ports.
On May 18, 2016, during the positioning ceremony of the Tianguis Turístico Acapulco 2017 new directive’s committee, the award was granted to the student by the governor of Guerrero Hector Antonio Astudillo Flores and by the president of the Mexico Tourism Board (CPTM) Rodolfo Lopez Negrete Coppel.
The award, on behalf of the FCCA, was given to Regina on a giant $200 check. Nevertheless, the State of Guerrero also handed a monetary incentive to encourage her to continue excelling in her studies.
At the end of the award ceremony, Regina was interviewed where she shared that she found inspiration on her father’s profession, who dedicates himself to providing services to hotels. Before beginning her writing, she brainstormed various ideas with him, highlighting the economic importance generated by cruises in Mexico. The student commented she struggled with English grammar, but overcame the challenge with help from her school teachers.