New International Food Festival Planned in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Taste of Playa to highlight the diverse global influences of Riviera Maya chefs and their cuisine.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico July 28, 2009 – The ‘Taste of Playa’ International Food Festival will be launching their 1st Annual Sampling September 5, 2009 in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico with full support from the Riviera Maya Tourism Board and the President of Playa Del Carmen. This gourmet gathering is considered to be the next most exciting community event in the Mexican Caribbean.

 “We are proud to celebrate the chefs that have chosen Playa del Carmen as their creative base.  This international collection of chefs, flavors and culinary inspiration is what has made Playa Del Carmen one of the most popular destinations in the world and our office fully supports it.” stated the President of Solidaridad, Roman Quian.  This gourmet sampling will take place in the newly renovated city center plaza, Parque Los Fundadores, and is open to the public.  Over 35 of the best local restaurants have been selected to participate in this exciting event to showcase their unique gastronomic visions and creativity. 

Sponsors and participants for Taste of Playa 2009 include John Gray’s Kitchen, The Glass Bar, Cocina 38 with Corporate Sponsorship from Buy Playa Real Estate Advisors and Bric International. The event’s success is directly related to support of local businesses.

A portion of the proceeds from Taste of Playa 2009 will be awarded to Ak Lu’um International School, a non-profit private learning institution in Playa del Carmen that integrates young students with physically and developmentally challenged children in a safe and inclusive learning environment with 36% of the student population awarded full scholarships. Funds raised by Taste of Playa 2009 will provide the school with clean, safe drinking water for students, teachers and volunteers.

Taste of Playa is a community oriented culinary event that celebrates the creativity and diverse cultural influences of chefs throughout the Riviera Maya and promotes the unique culinary perspectives that have contributed to the cosmopolitan reputation of Playa Del Carmen. Playa del Carmen is widely recognized as one of the top vacation destinations in the world. The city has gained this distinction by not only celebrating and maintaining the integrity of the Mexican heritage but also by embracing and incorporating the cultural influences brought by visitors from all over the world.

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Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico – July 30, 2009. 
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The Mortgage Finder empowers those who are looking for mortgage products in Mexico, to  immediately search a database of all available mortgages offered in the marketplace…property and credit profile specific.  Once the perfect loan (purchase, cash out, construction) is found, immediate contact with the lender is made to begin the approval process. Or, if the consumer is still “house hunting”, they may save the loan details to his/her profile (on one or multiple properties)and return to the web site to retrieve the saved loan details at a later date as the home buying process nears closing.

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“We have always been on the cutting edge of technology and the program is a great addition to our website.  Clients want to be able to get information immediately at any hour of the day in the comfort of their own home – that is possible with this technology.  The added benefit is that also works togther with loan brokers, so clients can still have a loan broker working for them as well if they wish.  Loans are readily available in Mexico and this technology provides the opportunity for so many more buyers to purchase their dream home in Mexico”, says Luis Miranda, President of Online Community.

 Membership for home buyers, realtors and developers in the BoomersAbroad,com Mortgage Marketplace is fast, free and easy.  And it provides access to the entire database of Mexico Mortgage options.  For more information on the Mortgage Marketplace, to search for the perfect loan for your dream home purchase, visit

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Using the online community model, our goal is to provide the necessary information, education, guidance, resources, tools and alternatives to start boomers down the path of discovering and understanding all that living, retiring and investing abroad has to offer. Everybody learns from everybody. We understand the proven power of collaboration. It is collective wisdom.

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Mexico Mortgage Marketplace, is a privately held Limited Liability Corporation located on Mexico’s Pacific coast city of Puerto Vallarta.  The Company develops web-based technology which is used to automate processes for the banking, mortgage and real estate industries.  In addition to technology development for its partners, the Company also owns and operates several web sites which are designed to streamline mortgage and real estate processes throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

President Felipe Calderón Announces The Creation of a New Biometric ID Card

It’s the dawn of a new era.

The Mexican government will issue a new biometric identity card which will carry fingerprints, a retina scan and a photograph on a magnetic strip to fight corruption in social programs, announced the President during a ceremony before the Senate at the National Palace.

“With this there will be clearer account and it will be clear that programs reach their intended recipients,” Gomez told a press conference shortly after President Felipe Calderon addressed the Senate about the card.

“This will avoid unnecessary intermediation and manipulation that can lead to illicit deviation of federal resources”, Gomez said.

The announcement came after Mexican lawmakers declared a shake-up of Procampo, an agricultural support program which takes up a budget of 171 billion pesos. The money has gone largely to the wealthiest, politicians and criminals, not small agricultural producers who were its intended target.

The card will be used in state health service sector, welfare programs and others like Opportunities which gives parents allowance for keeping their children in school and receiving regular medical check-ups.

Gomez added that it could let no one use fake names and might help in the fight against identity theft and other crimes.

Most transactions in Mexico permit the use of three other identity documents: the driving license, the voter registration card and the Unique Population Registry Number (CURP) document issued by the nation’s tax office. According to the minister, these were not accurate enough to identify a person.

The new ID card will not have a name and a photo visible on the outside, making it impossible to be falsified. The project’s fund will come from the ministry.

A cardholder’s address will not be recorded, but blood type data may be included for the sake of medical emergencies.

The first cards will be issued by the end of the year.

Mexico Real Estate Developer in Playa del Carmen Opens New Project to the Community

Jul 27, 2009 – Playa del Carmen, Mexico — Long time Playa del Carmen resident and one of Playa del Carmen’s most prolific developers, Jack Perlman, invited the local Real Estate community to the job site at El Taj Oceanfront Condominiums to celebrate the completion of the beautiful model showroom.  “The Mexico real estate market has taken a real beating over the past year”, remarked Rob Kinnon, owner of Buy Playa Real Estate Advisors “It’s nice to see the economy coming back so strong and local developers able to move ahead with their projects.”

The condominiums at Villas SacBe, Porto Playa, Maya Villa, El Taj Beachside and now El Taj Oceanfront all reflect Jack’s signature style and his passion for Balinese design elements. The developer personally oversees all the details for each building project and regularly ships over containers from Indonesia loaded with fountains, architectural details, lighting fixtures, decorative accessories and furniture used to complete the image that he is so well known for. His projects are inarguably some of the best loved and most sought after in Playa del Carmen and local Playa del Carmen Real Estate professionals were excited to get inside for a sneak peak at his latest creation.

As expected, Perlman was the consummate host, meeting and greeting and answering questions while the crowd enjoyed the culinary creations of Chef Roberto from Cocina 38, one of Playa del Carmen’s finest restaurants. The carefully orchestrated crew from Cocina 38 served wine and passed hors d’oeuvres as guests mingled, toured the work site and admired the glamorous new model showroom. Dinner was a casually elegant affair set right on the beach and illuminated by the glow of oil lamps and the setting sun. Guests helped themselves to an upscale BBQ buffet and appreciated the greatest assets of El Taj: the sugary white sand beach and the crystal blue Caribbean Sea. Perlman introduced his team, described the new project and raffled off a host of fabulous prizes for his party guests.

Desirable units are still available for sale at Maya Villa and El Taj Condominiums and represent some of the finest examples of Playa del Carmen Real Estate. For more information on these and other investment opportunities visit

Real Resorts Agent’s Commission Booster Program Just Got Better! A New $200 Extra Bonus is Added for Multiple Bookings

CANCUN/PRNewswire/ — The RRMembers Commission Booster Program is sizzling this summer with more and easier ways for travel agents to earn money during these creative times. The expanded RRMembers Commission Booster Program can now be combined with other special promotional offers such as a $200 Extra Bonus Booster for every 10 Qualified Booster bookings made at either of THE ROYAL Resorts, or for every 20 Qualified Booster bookings at the Gran Caribe Real or Gran Porto Real Resorts. (Bookings at the Grans may be combined two for one with Royal bookings). The $200 added Extra Bonus Booster is valid on all qualified Commission Booster reservations made retroactively from February 2, 2009 through December 31, 2009.

In addition, under Real Resorts Commission Booster Program agents earn extra commission for booking stays of five nights or longer, triple or quadruple occupancies, and upgraded suite categories while the agent’s client will receive a complimentary amenity from the agent upon arrival. Since its inception last February hundreds of agents have participated in the Commission Booster Program earning as much as an extra $160 per reservation in Booster extra commission.

“Since we launched the Commission Booster Program we have had the pleasure of awarding agents with more than $20,000 a month in bonus commissions for booking Real Resorts,” said Fernando Garcia, Director General of Real Resorts. “The top earning agency to date is Vacations to Go, which received more than $2,000 in added bonus commissions, by having their agents work together to combine their bookings and earn more cash incentives even faster. We truly believe this is the best agent incentive program for Mexico,” added Garcia.

The RRMembers Commission Booster Program is effective for bookings through the end of 2010 and includes summer bookings at all four all-inclusive Real Resorts: THE ROYAL in Cancun, Gran Caribe Real in Cancun, THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen and Gran Porto Real. For families, Gran Caribe Real Cancun and Gran Porto Real in Playa del Carmen offer special family programs where up to two children (in all guest suite) categories and up to three children in the larger suite categories (the new Family Junior Suites, the Gran Master Suites, or the Presidential Suites) stay and eat free when sharing a guestroom with their parents.

Real Resorts launched the state of the art: RRMembers Automated Commission Booster earlier this year as a thank you for the many agents who support the privately owned brand of exclusive all-inclusive resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The easy to use program, via internet access, empowers agents to immediately increase their commission’s at all four Real Resorts properties. Bonuses are paid within 30 days of a confirmed booking departure. There is no limit on the number of added incentives an agent or agency can earn, and it is easy and free to sign up for the program online at: Incentives are paid for booking through a host of distribution channels — travel agencies, tour operators, GDS, Real Resorts 800 number, and online at .

About Real Resorts

Real Resorts is a privately owned hotel company in Mexico. It owns and operates four all-inclusive resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen under THE Royal, and Gran brands, which appeal to a wide range of lifestyles. THE Royal in Cancun and Playa del Carmen offer luxurious accommodations and attentive service for couples. THE ROYAL in Cancun and THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen are recent recipients of the prestigious International Star Diamond Award, a recognition awarded by The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences to select five star hotels that exceed a selection of criteria for facilities, operations and service. The Gran Caribe Real in Cancun and the Gran Porto Real in Playa del Carmen offer personal service and upscale accommodations appropriate for families and travelers seeking a casual vacation experience. Reservations can be made through a travel agent or by calling 800-543-7556. For more information visit online at:


IMG_3705Cancun, Mexico. July 22, 2009 – World renowned travel expert, Pauline Frommer visited the beautiful beaches of Cancun and Puerto Morelos recently, as she promoted her book Pauline Frommer’s Cancun & the Yucatan: Spend Less See More.

While in Cancun, Frommer had the opportunity to take on a diverse range of activities that the destination has to offer such as swimming with the world’s largest fishes, whale sharks, which are in season during the months of May though September. She also took cooking lessons at the Ritz Carlton’s Culinary Institute, dove into some of the most amazing cenotes (sinkholes) and explored the underground rivers at Xcaret Park.  Frommer also participated in Delphinus Trek in Xel-Ha, the only place in the world where you can actually interact underwater with dolphins using your own unique breathing device, which allows you to breathe freely.  Besides spending time in Cancun, Frommer visited the pier within the charming fishing town of Puerto Morelos where she was able to sample typical Mexican cuisine.

“I had the most amazing time in Cancun! Swimming with whale sharks is an awe-inspiring experience—they’re the largest fish in the world, averaging about 40 feet in length. It’s an experience I will never forget,” said Frommer during a television interview today.  “Cancun has some amazing deals right now, making it the prefect destination for everyone-but especially families!” said Frommer.

During her visit, Frommer met with the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau officials, expert tour guides, Marine Biologist Kenneth Johnson and also visited hotels of different categories for visitors with all types of budgets.

About Pauline Frommer

Pauline Frommer is the creator of the award winning Pauline Frommer Guidebooks, now encompassing 14 titles, including Pauline Frommer’s Cancun and the Yucatan. Her books have been named “Best Guidebook of the Year” three years running by the North American Travel Journalists Association. Along with Peter Greenburg and Rick Steves, Pauline is a featured travel blogger for She was a contributor to the book the “Experts Guide to Babies” and has written articles that have appeared in a wide range of publications from Marie Claire to Budget Travel Magazine to Nick, Jr.

In other medium, Pauline has appeared numerous times on the Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, The CBS and NBC Evening News, The O’Reilly Factor, CNN,  MSNBC, FOX and every local news show you can name. She creates and presents a weekly segment on travel destinations for In addition, Pauline hosts a nationally syndicated, weekly radio show on travel with her father, travel legend Arthur Frommer.

Pauline is married to physical therapist Mahlon Stewart and the mother of two young, but very well-traveled daughters Beatrix (age 6) and Veronica (age 10).

Volaris begins services to Oakland International Airport

VolarisMexico-based Volaris Airlines, the leading low-cost air carrier in Mexico, has announced service to Oakland, CA. The airline will offer regular service to Oakland from Toluca, Guadalajara and Tijuana. Volaris is one of the fastest growing airlines and has the youngest aircraft fleet in Mexico. In the U.S., the airline will operate under a code share agreement with Southwest Airlines.

Check out the great fares on the Volaris web site