Essential to Transform Society’s Culture to Eliminate Violence against Women: President Calderón

Women ViolenceMexico D.F.- During the Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, President Felipe Calderón repeated Federal Government’s commitment to building a fairer, more just Mexico than ever and one that is free of gender violence.

That is why, he said, it is essential to overhaul the culture of Mexican society and attack its causes.

“We must eradicate the idea that women are second-class citizens and therefore lack all or any of the rights, as some people still think. Our main task should not only be to severely sanction gender violence but also eradicate the socio-cultural causes that encourage and permit it,” he said.

Accompanied by his wife, Margarita Zavala and activists and functionaries associated with the issue, the Mexican president reported that during his administration, the budget assigned to the national policy to ensure equality and combat violence against women rose from $2.5 billion pesos to over $10.6 billion pesos in the 2010 budget.

“You know you can count on the President and we are redoubling efforts to guarantee security, particularly for women,” added the President in the Adolfo López Mateos Hall of the official Los Pinos residence.

He remarked that the reason why the National Commission for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence designed the Juárez Intervention Project is so that the three levels of government will join forces to deal with these issues that not only produce violence and a lack of safety on the streets but particularly violence against women, and to promote citizens’ participation.

“A lot remains to be done, but I know that the path we must follow will not only require complying with the law but also transforming the culture of our society, which must begin with a transformation of the culture of federal, state and municipal governors, and of mayors, governors and the president,” he said.

Mexico’s Grand Velas Resorts Offers Travelers Eco-tours and Wildlife Packages in 2010

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico  –  From a Whale Watching Photo Safari in Banderas Bay to a Muyil Forest and Float Tour through the Yucatan’s Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Nayarit and Riviera Maya are offering special packages for guests to see an exotic part of Mexico while enjoying luxurious all-inclusive accommodations.  With the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Sian Ka’an Biosphere Package, guests will experience this UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site that’s home to 800 plants species, 350 species of birds, as well as, jaguars, pumas, monkeys, crocodiles and turtles.  Guests will also visit ancient Mayan ruins, boat across the fresh water Muyil lagoon and float and snorkel towards the sea.  With the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Whale Watching Package, guests ride out to Banderas Bay on an all weather inflatable speedboat and get within feet of the magnificent Humpback whales as they make their annual winter migration to these waters.

The rate for the Whale Watching Package starts at $352 per person per night and is available from January 4th to March 31, 2010. The Sian Ka’an Biosphere package starts at $438 per person per night and is available from January 3 to April 30, 2010.  Both rates are based on double occupancy and restrictions apply depending on the resort.   The all-inclusive rates include suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet dining at a choice of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24 hr in-suite service, fitness center, activities for adults and children, taxes and gratuities, and more.   For more information and reservations, please call 1-888-320-7529 and mention Promo Code GVNYKWEWHALE or visit www.grandvelas.com.

About Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya
Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort Riviera Maya represents the latest and most sophisticated iteration of the ultra-luxury, all-inclusive resort experience.  This Leading Hotels of the World designated resort is the preeminent one of its class boasting 491 suites, each more than 1,000 square-fee; a gastronomic tour of the Yucatan, Europe and Asia offering seven restaurants with world-class chefs from France, Spain and Mexico; the region’s largest spa sanctuary at more-than 89,000 square-feet; dedicated butler service for each guest and a 91,457 square-foot convention center. The resort is 40 miles from Cancun and five minutes from Playa del Carmen.

About Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
In Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and a recipient of the AAA Five-Diamond Award.  Located just 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta on Banderas Bay, Grand Velas features 267 ocean-view suites.  Grand Velas Spa is the crown jewel of the resort and a member of Leading Spas of the World.  Five restaurants, three of which are gourmet, feature stylish decor and a la carte choices for French, Italian or Mexican cuisine. The family-friendly resort also offers tiered three-temperature infinity, tennis court, 25,321 total sq feet of meeting space, special entertainment for adults and kids and the new Kids Club.

THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen Completes an Expansion in Time for the Winter Holiday Season

A New Addition with 44 Royal Suites, a New Restaurant & More Fabulous Amenities

RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico,  /PRNewswire/ — Real Resorts announces the new expansion at THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen is now complete and ready to welcome guests in time for the winter travel season. The new addition to the all-suite, luxury all-inclusive resort adds an additional 44 suites in the upper and deluxe categories. In addition a new restaurant is opening, el Mediterraneo, and a new stylish coffee bar, as well as a 25 meter junior-Olympic pool.
Of the 44 new suites, four are Junior Suites, 20 are Ocean View Junior Suites, 15 are Master Suites with an Ocean View, and five are Presidential Suites with 360 degree views of both the sparkling Caribbean and city views of Playa del Carmen. In addition, each of the Presidential Suites has a roof top terrace and private plunge pool, perfect for romance!

The new restaurant, el Mediterraneo will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner offering a selection of sophisticated Mediterranean style food in a casual and chic buffet or a la carte environment. The restaurant will feature fresh fish, seafood, and meats grilled and seared to perfection. With the addition of el Mediterraneo and the new Coffee Bar, guests of THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen now have a selection of 11 casual and a la carte dining options including the exclusive Chef’s Table Restaurant, Asiana for sushi and Asian style dining, Maria Marie’s for an elegant continental style dinner, Spice, a buffet restaurant with made-to-order cooking stations, as well as several other fun and delicious options.

“We are very pleased to offer more suites, amenities and services at one of the Riviera Maya’s favorite resorts, THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen,” said Fernando Garcia, Managing Director of Real Resorts. “The new suites, which will all feature our famous Royal Service®, coupled with the fabulous new restaurant, el Mediterraneo, and an additional 25 meter pool make THE ROYAL one of the most complete, exciting and romantic all-inclusive resorts,” added Garcia.

THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen

Guests will discover an explosion of luxury around every corner at THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen. This casually elegant beachfront resort is the jewel of the Rivera Maya with breathtaking views of the turquoise Caribbean. Yet its beachfront location is only steps from Playa del Carmen’s famed Fifth Avenue. Discover hip night spots, trendy cafes, colorful shops and the local color of this fishing village while experiencing THE ROYAL’s flawless hospitality. The resort’s interior is as impressive as its palatial exterior, where the use of textures, fabrics and natural materials reflect sophisticated seaside grace. Each guest suite is richly appointed and most enjoy an ocean view or are oceanfront. The exquisite furniture is handcrafted by local artisans and guests will enjoy an array of unique and exceptional amenities designed to make their experience perfect. For reservations contact a travel agent, or call 1.800.760.0944 or online at: www.RealResorts.com

President Felipe Calderón Congratulates Mexican Golfer on Perseverance and Discipline

lorena OchoaPresident Felipe Calderón congratulated Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa on being declared Player of the Year by the Ladies’ Professional Golfers’ Association (LPGA) for coming second in the Tour Championship.

The President telephoned Lorena Ochoa to say that this award is an example for Mexicans since it shows that with perseverance and discipline it is possible to achieve any goal.

Lorena Ochoa has now won this prize for the fourth consecutive year.

OAXACA NAMED ONE OF LONELY PLANET’S TOP 10 REGIONS TO VISIT FOR 2010

OaxacaMiami, FL, November 21st, 2009- Lonely Planet’s new release Best in Travel 2010 has named Oaxaca one of the Top 10 Regions to visit in 2010.  Lonely Planet is one of the world’s leading travel media companies. Drawing on the knowledge, passion and miles traveled of Lonely Planet’s global team of staff and authors, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010 showcases a year’s worth of inspiration to take travelers out of the ordinary and into some unforgettable experiences.

Oaxaca provides travelers with a variety of activities, from surfing the legendary ‘Mexican pipeline’ at one of the world’s great surf beaches Playa Zicatela, sweating it out in a temazcal, a pre-Columbian herbal sauna in Puerto Escondido or surveying the vast valley of Oaxaca from atop the ancient Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán.

“It is an honor for Mexico to be recognized once again, by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 Regions in the world. Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s richest cultural regions, and we are proud that visitors around the world feel the same,” said Oscar Fitch, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board.

Taking 2,500 years of indigenous history, adding a splash of Spanish colonialism mixed with contemporary progressive politics and art, and presto!, you’ve got Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s most cultured and colorful states. The capital, Oaxaca City, is a postcard-pretty charmer, with a tree-shaded town square surrounded by colonial churches and outdoor cafes, and cobblestone streets lined with craft markets and galleries. Enjoying a winding half-day’s bus journey through the misty mountains takes guests to Oaxaca’s wild, sun-soaked coast. There, the surf town of Puerto Escondido has a party atmosphere, while sleepy coves like Mazunte and Zipolite are fast becoming ecotourism destinations. Traveling further southeast, the people of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec still follow ancient Zapotec rhythms. Visitors can purchase iguana tamales from women clothed in vivid embroidered traditional dresses.

Oaxaca continues to attract an increasing number of believers in the ‘slow travel’ philosophy, which entails engaging more deeply with Mexican Life (la vida Mexicana) by renting a house, shopping at local markets and sipping coffee and milk (cafe con leche) with locals at the corner cafe.

“We’ve always known at Lonely Planet that Oaxaca is special with its green mountain vistas, tradition-rich indigenous enclaves, vibrant handicrafts, festivals and contemporary art, laidback beach towns, marvelous moles and tequila’s smoky, fiery cousin mescal”, says Catherine Craddock, Lonely Planet’s Commissioning Editor for Mexico. “This year it’s been included as one of our Top 10 Regions to visit in 2010 because travelers can find incredible deals, near-empty tropical beaches and a warm friendly welcome from the people who live there. Now is Oaxaca’s time for a traveler renaissance.”

Baja Capital Mortgage selected as Primary Lender for Largest Homebuilder in Mexico

Homex is Latin Americas largest homebuilder and is a publicly traded company on the NYSE . Homex have gone about creating a new real estate concept and product under the brand “Las Villas de Mexico”. This new brand caters more specifically to US and Canadian citizens. The Las Villas business model will comprise  a planned total of 22 World Class destinations across Mexico – all golf, beach, spa and fishing specific. These 22 different destinations will comprise of a total of over 3400 beautifully appointed Villas, Townhomes and Condominiums comprising of over 2 Billion dollars in total real estate sales over the life of the project, making it the biggest Real Estate undertaking in Mexico’s history, much in line with the clout Homex is used to delivering.

The position of preferred lender is one which every mortgage company has  understandably been vying for over the last 24 months, but negotiations were recently completed between local mortgage company Baja Capital Mortgage and the Las Villas Group, electing them as preferred provider of mortgage services for US and Canadian citizens. Robert Rios, Partner in RMAC, one of Mexico’s most successful sales and marketing companies and the company partnering up with Homex to market and sell Las Villas gave the following statement “ We selected Baja Capital Mortgage  because we felt they were the best choice to get the job done. The reputation of Founder and President Ryland Apsey and his team for product, ethics, customer service and professionalism left little doubt as to who our logical choice should be and we feel confident we made the right decision and that a long and fruitful business relationship between our companies will follow.”

Baja Capital Mortgage or better known as BCM on the mainland operate in Los Cabos, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, but fund loans in all resort destinations across Mexico.

http://www.bajacapitalmortgage.com

HILTON ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL DECEMBER 2ND OPENING DATE OF HILTON MEXICO CITY REFORMA

First Hilton Hotel in Mexico City’s Business District Offers Introductory Rate of $99

McLean, VA, USA (Nov. 19, 2009) – Hilton Worldwide has announced that the official opening of the first managed full-service Hilton hotel in the heart of Mexico City, Mexico will take place on Dec. 2, 2009.  The hotel, located just steps from the famous Reforma Avenue, will welcome guests with a special introductory rate starting at $99* per night.

Strategically located at a gateway to the city’s business district and Reforma Avenue, the hotel at Avenida Juarez 70, Colonia Centro, is just a stone’s throw from major corporations and financial institutions.  Just 15 minutes from the international airport, the magnificent property with heliport is also close to all that Mexico City’s historic center has to offer, including everything from the Palacio Nacional and the cathedral to a variety of museums and theaters, making it the ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers.  

Currently known as a Sheraton, the already stunning property will complete a series of upgrades to incorporate Hilton brand standards prior to its official conversion and opening as the Hilton Mexico City Reforma on Dec. 2, 2009.  

Featuring 458 high-tech guest rooms and suites, the Hilton Mexico City Reforma will boast luxury mattress, linens, and amenities, as well as state-of-the-art high-speed Internet access, flat screen 37 or 42 inch LCD televisions, work desk, and all the facilities for a productive stay.  Spacious contemporary bathrooms are adorned with marble tile and equipped with bath tub and shower.  Rooms with spectacular city views of Reforma Avenue or Alameda Central Park and the Palacio de Bellas Artes create the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable stay.  

For the perfect meeting environment, the Hilton Mexico City Reforma is home to the largest hotel convention center in the city.  The hotel offers nearly 45,000 square feet of meeting space, featuring a versatile convention center with 15 meeting rooms, including pillar-less spaces, and capacity for up to 5,000 guests.  The property also features a state-of-the-art business center where guests can access an array of business services including high-speed Internet access, fax machine, secretarial services, and more.

After a long day, the city center Hilton Mexico City Reforma will help business travelers relax with a 5,015 square foot spa and 3,100 square foot fitness center, plus indoor and outdoor swimming pools.  

Dining options are plentiful as they tempt palates with variety and creativity displayed across three restaurants, a lobby lounge and a wine bar.  El Cardenal Restaurant provides a distinctive menu of Mexican and colonial cuisine in a comfortable ambiance, Los Dones Restaurant specializes in buffet dining and international fare in a casual relaxing atmosphere, and Terraza Alameda delivers delicious comfort food complemented by unforgettable views of the historic center from the outdoor terrace designed to replicate Alameda Park.  Guests can enjoy a refreshing drink at the hotel’s stylish Lobby Lounge or indulge in a wine tasting extravaganza at Sedevino Wine Bar, where travelers can choose from a wide selection of internationally recognized wines.

For reservations or further information, please visit http://www.hilton.com/ or call 1-800-HILTONS.

*Introductory $99 rate is a starting rate, subject to availability, and does not include taxes, service charges, or gratuities.  Rate is based on single or double occupancy and is valid Dec. 2, 2009 through Feb. 28, 2010.  Can not be combined with any other offers. Other restrictions may apply.

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About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Our brands are comprised of more than 3,300 hotels in 77 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors(R).  For more information about the company, please visit http://www.hiltonworldwide.com/.