AEROMEXICO ANNOUNCES NEW ROUTE Boston – Mexico City

Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, announced that it will begin serving its new route between Boston and Mexico City as of June 1st, 2015 with six nonstop flights per week.

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• The airline will begin to operate this route with six weekly flights with Boeing 737 aircraft as of June 2015.
• Boston becomes Aeromexico’s 16th destination in the United States and will permit connectivity throughout Latin America from Mexico City.

This new route will be served with Boeing 737-700 airplanes with 124 seats —12 in the Aeromexico Clase Premier Business Class cabin— with the following flight schedules:

Boston – Mexico City
AM 699 04:35 p.m. 08:55 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Sunday
Mexico City – Boston
AM 698 09:00 a.m. 03:25 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Sunday
*Times are published in local time and are subject to change without notice.

“We are very pleased to announce the addition of our 16th destination in the United States, reflecting the airline’s commitment to increase our presence in one of our most important markets. Boston is a city of great importance for Mexico and Latin America because of its global economic potential and extensive academic offerings that draw many students from Mexico and Latin America every year,” said Aeromexico CEO Andrés Conesa.
Boston attracts over 50,000 passengers per year and this market represented a total of USD $15 million just last year, which is why this nonstop Aeromexico flight will open new opportunities for businesses in Massachusetts, generating an economic impact for the region estimated at USD $49 million per year.

Passengers traveling from Boston to Mexico City will be able to connect with the carrier’s 45 destinations in Mexico such as Acapulco, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Cancún, Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana and Villahermosa, plus 16 major cities in Latin America, such as Buenos Aires, Río de Janeiro, Lima and Bogotá, among others; three leading capitals in Europe and two in Asia.

With the start of this route, Aeromexico will offer 80 daily flights between Mexico City and the United States on which it will be able to carry close to 9,000 passengers a day between these two countries, an action that confirms the airline’s commitment to offer its customers better network connectivity with its world-class service.

Aeromexico Begins its Seasonal Flights to Denver – Starting December 15th

Aeromexico Begins its Seasonal Flights to Denver – Starting December 15th, the airline will again begin operating its traditional seasonal service from Mexico City to Denver – It will also offer new seasonal flights from Guadalajara to Denver as of December 18th

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, has announced that on December 15th, it will again be operating its traditional seasonal service between Mexico City and Denver, offering 17 flights a week for passengers interested in enjoying winter skiing at leading resort destinations, such as Vail and Aspen.

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Also, and in order to offer additional flight choices to customers, Aeromexico will operate seven direct flights from Guadalajara to Denver between December 18th, 2014 and January 4th, 2015.
Anko van der Werff, Senior Vice President of Revenue Management at Aeromexico said “The Mexico City flights are scheduled to connect passengers from other domestic destinations, such as Bajio-Leon, Morelia, Veracruz and Villahermosa, as well as those connecting from international destinations, such as Bogota and Guatemala, among others; while the Guadalajara flight schedules to Denver will offer connections for passengers traveling from Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta and Tijuana.”

These new routes will be served with Boeing 737 aircraft with 124 passenger seats, including 12 in the Clase Premier cabin. Aeromexico also features its Gran Plan packages to Vail that include hotel accommodations, round trip ground transportation between the airport in Denver to the hotel in Vail, tours and a four-day lift ticket package.

Denver, known as the Mile-High City because its elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level, offers entertainment for all visitors with a fantastic choice of museums and its unique “Denver Beer Trail.” Once you’re in the city, getting to Vail —the largest ski resort in North America built in the style of an Alpine village—, is easy.

Aeromexico continues working to provide more connectivity options between Mexico and the United States, making Denver its 16th destination in North America, as it looks to increase its choice of destinations and to enhance tourism between both countries.
About Grupo Aeromexico Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries provide commercial aviation services in Mexico and the promotion of passenger loyalty programs. Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline operates more than 600 daily flights from its main hub in Terminal 2 at the Mexico City International Airport. Its network includes service to 79 cities on three continents, including 45 destinations in Mexico, 15 in the United States, 14 in Latin America, three in Europe, two in Asia and one in Canada.

The Group’s fleet of more than 115 aircraft features Boeing 787, 777, 767 and 737 jet airliners and next generation Embraer 145, 170, 175 and 190 models. In 2012, the airline announced the most significant investment strategy in aviation history in Mexico, to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft including 90 MAX B737 jet airliners and ten B787-9 Dreamliners.

As a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, Aeromexico offers customers more than 1,000 destinations in 178 countries served by the 20 SkyTeam airline partners rewarding passengers with benefits including access to 564 premium airport lounges around the world. Aeromexico also offers travel options through its code share partners Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, LAN, TACA and TAM with extensive connectivity in countries like the United States, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia and Peru. www.aeromexico.com

Mexico City Named No. 3 Most Inspiring City in the World

2014 GOOD City Index Names 50 Most Inspiring Global Destinations; Cities That “Best Capture the Elusive Quality of Possibility” Using A Criteria of Eight Attributes

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mexico City is ranked No. 3 on the GOOD City Index (GCI), which ranks the most inspiring cities in the world. The annual list compiled by GOOD, media company that also publishes the quarterly GOOD Magazine, features cities that deliver on eight key attributes that “best capture the elusive quality of possibility,”: progress, civic engagement, street life, defining moments, connectivity, green life, diversity and work/life balance.

Zocalo, Mexico City, MexicoGOOD praised Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera for his progressive approach to city government and reports reasons why Mexico City is continuing to emerge as a top global destination. In addition to Mexico City’s rich cultural history and deep traditions, the capital city is gaining acclaim as one of the world’s most influential culinary destinations citing attractions such as Michelin-starred restaurant Pujol and gastro-hall Mercado Roma. Mexico City also gained recognition for its sustainability innovations such as its bike share program and key initiatives overseen by Mayor Mancera including mobile health clinics, free uniform distribution, arts discount program for teens, expanded bike lanes and technological advances.

“It’s a huge honor for Mexico City to be recognized as one of the most inspiring cities in the world on the GOOD City Index,” said Armando Lopez Cardenas, director of the Mexico City Tourism Promotion Fund. “We welcome visitors from around the globe to experience our great city again or for the first time, whether for business or leisure. Now is an exciting time to visit Mexico City.”
North American cities include Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Santa Fe in the U.S. and Montreal and Vancouver in Canada. The GOOD City Index is available online now at http://magazine.good.is/guides/good-cities-index-2014.

Mexico City is the country’s premier tourism destination, welcoming more than 12.5 million visitors a year. The ancient capital offers a vibrant, contemporary culture that combines pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern influences that span nearly seven centuries. With more than 160 museums, 30 distinct archaeological and historic sites, and 100 art galleries, the city is a mecca of fine art and treasures that speak to its vast history. The Mexico City Tourism Promotion Fund (Fondo Mixto de Promocion Turistica del Distrito Federal) supports and enhances city tourism. For more information and daily updates please visit/follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MexicoCityLive) and Twitter (@MexicoCityLive).

Hurricane Odile – a different view

by David Simmonds
From sheknows.com: “The name Odile is a French baby name. The French meaning of the name Odile is Wealthy.”
How’s that for irony? – there IS a lot of money in Cabo, probably the most expensive tourist destination in Mexico.
It’s been over a week now and the town at the end of the Baja highway, Cabo San Lucas, is still a mess, although repairs are in rapid progress. Neighboring San Jose del Cabo was hit too, as was the capital city La Paz, but it was “Cabo” that received the most direct, devastating  haymaker – a punch from which they will not completely recover for many months, maybe a couple of years. This was the strongest blow, a category three,  to hit the area in a long time and the ferocity took most by surprise.
In the aftermath the media often focused on the plight of the tourists, some 30,000, of them, who had their vacations so rudely ruined. I’ve seen and read numerous complaints from some of the unlucky travelers, who were apparently not aware of hurricane season. They recounted how horrible everything was, the inconveniences –  and then having to re-locate (gasp!) to different accommodations, and you know, all that heat without any AC, and they couldn’t go HOME RIGHT AWAY! There was a letter to the editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune that called it shameful of the US government not to use the US military to get the tourists back to their jobs and still – standing homes. They say they should have been “airlifted” because…well, I’m not sure exactly the rationale around that. There were no deaths and a few injuries from things like flying glass. It was an adventure that they will re-tell many times over cocktails. You can always count on Mexico for a good tale.
Forgive my lack of sympathy, but it is the local population of Baja Sur who are the only victims here, and that is where we should put all of our focus. The hotels, resorts and marinas will make the necessary repairs and contact their insurance carriers, as will the expats who have built and bought homes in the area. Mexico people, both native and transplants, are a tough lot. They live in an unforgiving desert in one of the prettiest natural settings I had ever seen when I first stepped off an old Mexican bus into the then tiny town in 1974. These people know what can happen when you live where hurricanes and chubascos brew. It’s part of the contract. They will learn from this and be better prepared for the next one. Because, one day, there will be a next one.
There are many organizations easily found on the web to make a contribution and I strongly suggest that you do so.  Here is one you can trust http://www.icfdn.org/index.php
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Eat, Drink & Savor the Flavors of Cabo: 9th Annual “Sabor a Cabo” Food & Wine Festival -November 30 – December 6

Culinary World’s Finest Chefs Gather in Los Cabos for a First-Class Tour of Baja’s Best Food & Wine

Los Cabos, Mexico – A top-tier selection of the culinary world’s finest chefs will gather in Los Cabos from November 30 – December 6 in celebration of the destination’s 9th Annual  “Sabor a Cabo” (The Flavors of Cabo) food & wine festival. This highly anticipated gastronomic event is expected to be the largest since the festival’s debut in 2005 and for the first time in its history, will include a week-long series of ticketed events highlighting the renowned regional cuisine of Baja California Sur and the wines of Mexico’s celebrated Baja wine region.
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The delicious weeklong festivities include a Country Side Taste Event on November 30 incorporating the local flavors of Baja; a Sunset Gourmet Gala served aboard a luxurious yacht on December 2 featuring a gourmet dinner prepared by Michelin Star Chefs; an Oktobeer Fest showcasing artisanal beer, local cuisine and music on December 3; a Wine & Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo on December 4 with 16 wineries, art galleries and restaurants participating for a family outing; and a Star Chef Dine-Around on December 5 featuring course meals prepared by celebrated chefs.

The main event will take place on December 6 from 5pm – 11pm and held at one of the destination’s most spectacular areas, the Sculpture Garden in Puerto Los Cabos. The event will consist of 50 participating restaurants and is expected to attract over 2,000 attendees, as guests from around the world are invited to dine beneath the stars and enjoy the “best-of-the-best” of international cuisine and wine.
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“We are looking forward to welcoming the world’s best chefs to Los Cabos for the 9th Annual Sabor a Cabo event,” said Eduardo Segura, Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board. “Our destination has a rich and booming culinary scene that many people are still discovering. Events such as Sabor a Cabo highlight these offerings and provide us with a platform to position the unique products, sustainable brands and delicious flavors available in this particular region of Mexico.”

Confirmed to attend Sabor a Cabo are several world-renowned chefs including Federico Zanellato, Chef and Partner of NOMA Restaurant in Denmark (Ranked No. 1 among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants) Richard Sandoval, Chef and Restaurateur of over 35 restaurants world-wide, including Pampano and Zengo in New York City (James Beard nominated restaurateur and participant in Bravo’s reality competition “Top Chef Masters”), and Dieter Koshina, Owner of Portugal’s Vilajoya Restaurant (Ranked No. 22 among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants). Also on the roster is Roberto Alcocer, Chef/owner of Malva Restaurant in Ensenada, Mexico; Najat Kaanache, Chef/owner of Souk Restaurant in Dallas, US and former chef of Spain’s El Bulli Restaurant; Thierry Blouet, Chef/owner of Restaurant de Los Artistas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and Eduardo Osuna, founder of non-profit organization Chef to the Rescue in Mexico.
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Additional participants and chefs are to be confirmed in upcoming weeks. Furthermore, the destination’s tantalizing culinary scene will be highlighted through participation of Los Cabos’ top Executive Chefs from two of the most luxurious hotels in the region, Las Ventanas al Paraiso and One&Only Palmilla.

Travelers interested in attending Sabor a Cabo can purchase festival tickets by visiting www.saboracabo.mx. General admission tickets are $100 if purchased prior to September 30 and $125 if purchased after. For special lounge area access tickets are $150 and for a seat at one of the events VIP tables tickets are $1,000 per person.  All the money raised during the Sabor a Cabo event on Saturday December 6 will be donated to the Fire Department, the Red Cross and Children Foundation of Los Cabos.
For more information on Los Cabos, please visit: http://visitloscabos.travel.

Los Cabos, located at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, is home to award-winning hotels, resorts, championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-class sport fishing, and was the host city for the G20 Summit of global leaders in 2012. With a unique landscape of dramatic desert and white sand beaches, Los Cabos is an exotic escape within easy reach of most U.S. and Canadian cities. For more information, images and videos from Los Cabos, please visit www.visitloscabos.travel, follow us on Twitter @LOSCABOSTOURISM and visit us on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

Mexico Travel Tips

We have all seen them – or maybe we are them. The travelers who don’t quite get that every country has a different set of social rules – an accepted way of acting and doing things. In Mexico, at some of the more tourist areas, long-held customs are somewhat more relaxed, but should still be practiced for the most part. No bikini bottoms and tank tops in church, and no bikini bottoms anywhere for you guys! And please, don’t try to turn Mexico into the place you came from.

Fodor’s Travel has provided some of what you should know, from business meetings to tourist excursions. So “con permiso”, we think you might want to read this and become a more aware and less reviled traveler.

http://www.fodors.com/news/story_4054.html

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