New Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve in Cancun Brings One of the Ocean’s Most Unique Creatures Up Close and Personal

Cancun, June 30th, 2009 – Cancun is more than just a place to see various marine life, it is home to one of the 171 protected biospheres reserves in Mexico. The recently named Reserva de la Biosfera Tiburón Ballena (Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve) is located in front of the north coast region of Quintana Roo, with a surface area of 145,988 acres. The marine surface of this Protected Area guarantees the protection of the region which contains waters rich with organic material. This concentration of nutrients allow for the exceptional presence of species such as mussels, crustaceans, birds and marine mammals, and above all, schools of fish of commercial and sport importance, as well as large groups of whale sharks, making it the perfect environment for spotting these gentle sea giants in their own environment.
 
Every year, from May to September, you can get up close and personal with the biggest fish of the world, by visiting Cancun, It is during these months that the gentle giants of the ocean prefer the nutrient- filled waters of the northern areas of Holbox, Isla Contoy and Cabo Catoche, where they feed and mate.  The whale shark is unique in that its mouth is located in front of its head, unlike other shark species.  This positioning allows the whale shark to feed, normally just below the surface, by simply opening its mouth and scooping up plankton, literally vacuuming food from the water. 

Locally known as Dominos, whale sharks are dark brown or grey with white or yellow spots, and a white or yellow underbelly. Their size is quite impressive; measuring between 15 to 50 feet (5 -16 m) in length and weighing as much as 10 tons, make swimming alongside these species a thrilling experience. Considered the largest fish in the world, these animals are completely harmless and peaceful. Those who wish to experience swimming with the whale sharks are provided with guidance from industry experts.
 
Protecting the whale shark has been a priority for government agencies throughout the last few years, making certain the magnificent animals are not harmed and ensuring that they continue to migrate to the area.  Local guides have been provided with additional training in developing and executing tours that are safe for the whale sharks and tourists alike.  In addition, strict rules have been implemented against scuba equipment being used to view the species.
Cancun and Puerto Morelos is home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, making a hands-on encounter with the marine world more attainable. The diverse marine life, crystal clear turquoise waters and stunning underwater coral reefs make Cancun the ideal destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. Whale sharks, dolphins, manatees, manta rays, stingrays and sea turtles are just a few of the marine species you can spot underwater accompanied by marine staff and experts, such as Biologist Rafael de la Parra, Director of the Project Domino Research sponsored by the Mexican Government, or Dr. Roberto Sanchez from Dolphin Discovery in Cancun.
 
Swimming with dolphins and manatees while in Cancun is an adventure not to be missed. Children as young as 12months can enjoy interacting with these incredibly intelligent mammals. Cancun and Puerto Morelos, is the perfect destination for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, marine life lovers and curious children who are ready to experience the wonders of the underwater world. There is no better place than Cancun to realize your dreams of swimming alongside marine mammals and other sea creatures.
 
About Cancun 
Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The island of Cancun is in the shape of a “7” and is bordered to the north by the Bahia de Mujeres; to the east by the Caribbean Sea; and to the west by the Nichupte Lagoon. Cancun is Mexico’s largest tourist destination and boasts 146 hotels with a total of 28,808 rooms.
Opportunities for new experiences abound in Cancun, which offers visitors an ideal setting for interacting with nature and discovering Mayan culture.
 
Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau www.cancun.travel

Declaration by Rio Group Supporting Democratic Institutionality in Honduras

Press release
Foreign Affairs Secretariat
Mexico City

Rio Group

The Permanent Mechanism of Consultation and Political Agreement strongly condemned the coup d’état in Honduras that has interrupted the constitutional and democratic order of this country by illegally removing President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales from power. The group also rejected the use of armed force in the arbitrary arrest of the president who was forced to leave Honduras.

The Río Group declared that destroying the constitutional order is inadmissible and unacceptable and constitutes a practice that Latin American and Caribbean societies have categorically rejected.

The Río Group repeated that adhering to democratic values and principles and unrestricted respect for the constitutional order and the Rule of Law must prevail over political differences.

Member states of the mechanism expressed their total willingness to contribute to the immediate re-establishment of the institutional order in Honduras. They also urged all political actors in Honduras to avoid violence and demanded the immediate and unconditional restoration to power of their legitimate and constitutional president, José Manuel Zelaya and the rest of the legally constituted authorities.

INAHTV Broadcasts Mexico’s Cultural Treasures on YouTube

By John Mitchell

YouTube fans will be pleased to know that Mexico’s National Institute of Archaeology and History (INAH) has established a channel on the world’s favorite video-sharing website. Called INAHTV, the channel currently offers 108 videos highlighting some of Mexico’s most important archaeological zones, museums, historical sites, traditional arts and festivals, as well as other cultural treasures. The commentaries are all in Spanish; but even if you don’t understand the language, these expertly produced videos are worth checking out for their visual impact and variety.

Global Summit over Lessons Learned from Influenza (H1N1) to take place in Cancun July 1-3rd 2009

Cancun, Mexico -June 24th, 2009 — Cancun has been designated as the host destination for the Global Summit over Lessons Learned from Influenza A (H1N1). During a press conference held on June 22nd, where the Minister of Health, Jose Cordova made the announcement, the Governor of Quintana Roo, Felix Gonzalez, emphasized the importance of this event for the state as it shows the reestablishment of confidence and trust in the country, specially in this state, where tourism continues to recuperate at a rapid pace.

In addition, Gonzalez announced the event expects the participation of the general directors from important organizations, such as Margaret Chan from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Mirta Roses of the Pan-American Organization of Health. Likewise, he is counting on the presence of 40 ministers of health from different countries, as well as on the highest level specialists with the ultimate goal to inform the public about everything regarding the Influenza virus (H1N1).

“After a month and nine days of having lifted the warning in countries such as United States and Canada, Cancun has 65% hotel occupancy, only ten points below what we consider normal for this season, in comparison to last year, which represents that the state is recovering its tourism activity following the health crisis,” signaled the Governor.

“The Global Summit will not only position Mexico and Quintana Roo as a safe place for tourist activity, but also will serve as platform to exchange knowledge  and information regarding Influenza A (H1N1) virus benefiting people around the worlds,” added Gonzalez.

“Mexico’s immediate reaction, taking control of the epidemic in a matter of a month, and acquired knowledge is proof that the world can only benefit from Mexico’s experience,” said the Minister of Health.

About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The island of Cancun is in the shape of a “7” and is bordered to the north by the Bahia de Mujeres; to the east by the Caribbean Sea; and to the west by the Nichupte Lagoon. Cancun is Mexico’s largest tourist destination and boasts 146 hotels with a total of 28,808 rooms.

Opportunities for new experiences abound in Cancun, which offers visitors an ideal setting for interacting with nature and discovering Mayan culture.

Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau www.cancun.travel

HALF OF YOUR STAY IS ON US AT SELECT AQUA, FIESTA AMERICANA GRAND AND FIESTA AMERICANA RESORTS

Grupo Posadas’ Latest Summer Promotion Includes 50 Percent Off Nightly Rate, Plus 25 Percent Off Dining, Beverage and Spa Services

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Grupo Posadas, Latin America’s leading hotel operator, welcomes travelers back to their favorite Mexican destinations by picking up the bill for half of their stay. Guests at Posadas’ elite resorts, including AQUA Cancun and the Fiesta Americana Grand and Fiesta Americana properties, can enjoy 50 percent off their nightly rate as well as an additional 25 percent discount on dining, beverage and spa services at the following select hotels:

AQUA Cancun, starting from $172 per night – Summer feels better at AQUA Cancun where guests can tickle their senses, frolic in the sand and surf, plunge into one of eight shimmering swimming pools or enjoy refreshing drinks and tropical fruits delivered right to their lounge chair, hammock or private cabana.

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun, starting from $170 per night – Indulgence has a new name at Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun where hundreds of feet of luxurious pool and sundeck span the property. The resort’s unparalleled location on a secluded beach makes vacationing anywhere else unimaginable.

Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort, starting from $130 per night – With five pools, two golf courses and amazing opportunities for sport-fishing, scuba diving, horseback riding and ATV tours that overlook the Sea of Cortez, Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos possesses the ideal blend of raw beauty and modern grandeur. The resort promises to deliver the perfect summer getaway for all, from the rugged, outdoors enthusiast to the sophisticated, cosmopolitan traveler.

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun, starting from $83 per night – Situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in Cancun, the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun is synonymous with summer travel. Guests can enjoy the ultimate fun-in the-sun vacation, right on a large beach strip with sun beds and parasols, a relaxing multilevel pool, a variety of water sports and beach volleyball.

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta, starting from $81 per night – Defining summer in style, Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta stands out in Banderas Bay on the most beautiful beach in Vallarta. The sparkling pool, array of water sports and seaside beach volleyball create the complete vacation experience for couples or families.

Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort, starting from $55 per night – On the island paradise of Cozumel sits the Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort. The resort’s private beach and peaceful Caribbean waters make it the ideal place to rest, relax and enjoy the sun. More active travelers, meanwhile will appreciate the resorts’ other offerings: diving and snorkeling in a multitude of life and color.

“As the Latin American leader in hospitality and hotel operations, we are taking the lead in welcoming back travelers to our fabulous destinations and resorts, offering both extraordinary deals as well as the highest standards for health, safety and hygiene,” said Javier Barrera, company spokesperson. “Grupo Posadas is setting the standard for other Mexican hoteliers, implementing all preventative measures and precautions to ensure the safe return of our guests. We are confident that our hotels will lead the way for encouraging tourists to return to Mexico, and what they will find here is a vacation experience at a never before seen value, while maintaining the same level of quality and service that first brought them to our resorts.”

This promotion is based on single or double occupancy for travel now through December 23, 2009, and is subject to availability at time of booking. This offer does not include taxes, tips and other service fees, does not apply for group reservations and is not applicable with any other promotional or discounted rate. Travel reservations must be booked on or before July 31, 2009, by calling 1-800-FIESTA-1 or by visiting http://www.fiestamericana.com/halfprice.

Grupo Posadas, with more than three decades in the hotel marketplace, operates 111 properties and more than 19,600 guestrooms in 50 beach and city destinations in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. In Mexico, the company operates 20 percent of its rooms in the tourism segment. Its seven hotel brands are AQUA, Fiesta Americana Grand, Fiesta Americana, Fiesta Inn and One Hotels in Mexico, and in South America, the company operates Caesar Park and Caesar Business, making Grupo Posadas the leading Mexican hotel operator in Latin America. Grupo Posadas has been listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange since 1992, with the ticker symbol “POSADAS.” For additional information, visit its website http://www.posadas.com.

Imagine yourself here: AQUA Cancun
Room with a view: AQUA Cancun

Mexico Boutique Hotels Launches Blog

by Lola

We love new blogs—and we love them even more when they’re attached to great people and fantastic products. Sylvie Laitre, director of Mexico Boutique Hotels, has just launched a brand new baby blog (she’s expecting, so that might be at the root of all this blossoming that’s been going on at MBH!)

It’s in the toddler stages but rapidly gaining steam, so we highly recommend that you tag it and visit back often. Along with travel writers’ hotel reviews, pics, insider tips and the like, you’ll get to enjoy Sylvie’s running commentary on the world of MBH—and beyond. It’s also a great gathering place for past and future guests, as everyone is welcome to comment and add their thoughts on the hotels and destinations that come together to make this company such a fabulous calling card for Mexico.

See you there!

MEXICO’S MINISTRY OF TOURISM &THE MEXICO TOURISM BOARD LAUNCH NORTH AMERICAN RECOVERY CAMPAIGN

Mexico City, MX;—Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism and the Mexico Tourism Board have officially launched their North American recovery campaign in an effort to reactivate the tourism industry. The first part of the three-phase multimedia campaign will start airing this week across television stations throughout the U.S.
 
The first phase of the three part multimedia campaign titled, “Believe It” will run for a series of two weeks and will consist of television ads in markets across the US. The campaign carries strong, impacting statements and features leaders such as United States President Barack Obama among other important figures within the political arena.

Phase two titled “Welcome Back” reminds Americans of those magical moments that bond them to Mexico, and phase three a coop campaign titled “Mexico-It’s Time To Go” will entice travelers with amazing deals and packages that will be difficult to resist. In all -the campaign reminds everyone- Mexico’s magic-hasn’t changed.

The highly anticipated campaign, builds on the credibility that the Mexican government has built as a result of the responsibility in which the country’s government handled the recent health crisis.  The exciting new campaign’s main message to travelers is to welcome them back and remind them that the Magic of Mexico hasn’t changed. The campaign will be carried out in three phases, beginning now through the winter season.

“Mexico and its tourism sector have proven yet again, that we are resilient to crisis. Not only are we back up and running and receiving tourists every day, but we are showing the world that this administration represents responsibility” said Oscar Fitch, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board.

“Mexico is letting the world know that we are ready to welcome back travelers and continue to offer the beauty, culture, history, gastronomy, and pristine beaches our country is known for-and of course; all within great proximity and at a great value” added Fitch.

Tourism is one of the most important industries in Mexico; in fact revenue generated by tourists reached $13.2 billion in 2008. And, last year Mexico welcomed 22.6 million international visitors- a 5.9 percent increase from the previous year, of which, 18 million were Americans.

With that said, the campaign will focus on 12 major markets in the United States and six markets in Canada, which combined, represent over 80% of Mexico’s international tourists. Campaigns for Europe, Asia and Latino America are also planned for a later date.

Visit our Youtube site at:  http://www.youtube.com/user/mexicotourismboardus to view the promotional videos or for a downloadable version click here:

· http://media.the-c-factory.com//clients/mexico/mex_spot1.wmv
· http://media.the-c-factory.com//clients/mexico/mex_spot2.wmv
· http://media.the-c-factory.com//clients/mexico/spot_mex3.wmv