Design-it-Yourself Savings – Up to $985 Value – Included in Los Cabos “Hotel With a Heart” Summer Savings Promotion

Marquis Los CabosLos Cabos, Mexico – Special promotional rates in addition to “Design-it-Yourself Savings” give vacationers the opportunity to choose between a complimentary night, resort credit, room upgrade or car rental.  The promotion enables guests to save up to $985 on a summer vacation at the all-suite beachfront Marquis Los Cabos Resort. The Summer Savings Promotion at Marquis runs now thru October 10, 2010 and provides room rate savings as well as a choice of one of the following: a third night complimentary, a $500 resort credit (casita only), two complimentary days with a rental car or a complimentary upgrade to a Marquis Suite with private pool (Junior Suite only).  Until October 10th, rates start $250 per night for a Junior Suite and $985 per night for a Private Pool Casita.  For additional information or reservations, please call 1-877-238-9399 or visit www.marquisloscabos.com.

Recently featured in National Geographic Traveler’s “Hotels with a Heart,” the Marquis Los Cabos donates five percent of the hotel’s annual revenue for the staff’s education and healthcare in its Marquis University.  Since 2003, the resort has helped on average 20 employees a year obtain primary schooling and bachelor degrees.

About Marquis Los Cabos

The 237-suite beachfront Marquis Los Cabos Resort is located on the southernmost tip of the Baja California península, where the Sea of Cortes meets the Pacific Ocean, and is minutes from the authentic Old World village of San Jose del Cabo as well as the lively town of Cabo San Lucas.  The resort features a 15,000 square foot holistic spa and fitness center, an exclusive gourmet restaurant where a Michelin-pedigreed chef prepares a nightly prix fixe menu, and an extensive collection of Latin American sculpture and painting on display in public areas and guest suites.  Since its 2003 opening, Marquis Los Cabos has earned the travel industry’s most coveted awards including “World’s Best” (Travel + Leisure); “Gold List Award” (Conde Nast Traveler); “Best Value” (Conde Nast Traveler); the AAA Four Diamond Award, and the Five Star Diamond Award for its Canto del Mar restaurant.  Marquis Los Cabos is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World and the only member of Leading Spas of the World in Los Cabos. www.marquisloscabos.com

Colibri

by Ron Mader

As part of the global celebration of World Environment Day, Planeta.com presents the tenth annual Colibri Ecotourism Awards honoring the work of Allan Rhodes and Verena Gerber.

The Colibri Ecotourism Award recognizes leaders who are at the forefront of innovative measures to protect cultural and natural heritage in Mexico. The winner of the 2010 Colibri Ecotoursm Award is Alan Rhodes. This year we also present the Colibri Ecolodge Award to Verena Gerber, founder of the EcoParaiso ecolodge.

“Allan stands at the forefront of Mexican ecotourism leaders who are equally talented in working with communities and officials on the ground and communicating this work online,” said Planeta.com founder Ron Mader. The development of Ecoturismo Genuino and its accompanying online community are thanks to Allan’s long-standing commitment to connecting players working in the virtual and natural worlds.

Mexico’s esteemed park system plays a critical role in protecting biodiversity while creating employment for locals. Allan’s work stands as a model for those integrating conservation and tourism in these areas.

EcoParaiso offers responsible tourism and an alternative to mass tourism,” Mader said. “There is a growing market for smaller places that respect the environment. EcoParaiso has set a high standard and provides a positive financial impact for the people of Celestún and a positive environmental impact for the wilderness area of the Celestún Biosphere Reserve.

Background

As part of the global celebration of World Environment Day (June 5), Planeta.com presents the annual Colibri Ecotourism Award (2001-) to a leading catalyst working toward ecotourism and responsible travel in Mexico!

Things you can do to support the Colibri Ecotourism Award

Congratulate the winners!
Work with the winners!
Add the Colibri logo to your website
Talk up Mexico’s ecotourism and responsible travel options
Talk up Mexico’s ecotourism and responsible travel options on your website
Talk up Mexico’s ecotourism and responsible travel options using Web 2.0: Blog, Tweet and Flickr!
Support the winners by adding a link to their website and Web 2.0 channels
Add photos to the Colibri Flickr Groups: Re-Imagining North American Ecotourism, Si mas Bicicletas, Mexican palette, Birds of the World!, Árboles de Oaxaca (Oaxaca Trees) and Sustainable tea, coffee and chocolate
Fave the Colibri Slideshow

President Announces Bill for New Police Force Model

Police force

Mexico City. During the 28th National Public Security Council meeting, President Felipe Calderón announced that at the new ordinary period of Congress sessions, he will submit a bill for constitutional reform that will promote a new police force model. This will be based, he explained, on 32 state police forces with a single, reliable command in each, which will make it possible to advance with much greater clarity and unity of command in the coordination of the various orders of government. “Our main objective is to ensure that, regardless of who is governing or what party he belongs to, Mexicans will be protected by an honest, professional police force, an effective, transparent system of justice and a legal framework that increases the authorities’ power in the face of criminals and makes it possible to effectively punish criminals,” he declared.

In Campo Militar Marte, accompanied by the Security Cabinet as well as most of the country’s governors, the President stressed that the best response to crime are institutional solutions that outlast governments, since countries that have successfully overcome the problem of the lack of law and order have done so in an integral, national, long-term fashion. “We must continue working to ensure that institutional changes translate into Mexicans’ security and tranquility. That is why it is essential for local authorities to redouble efforts to ensure the professionalization and reliability of their security corps, so that they strengthen their institutions for the procurement and administration of justice,” he explained.

President Calderón confirmed Federal Public Administrations’ willingness to support the efforts being made by this Council, “Because we want a safe Mexico, in which there is no place for the fear, violence and impunity we are suffering today.” “I am sure that in the discussion we will have here on the new police force model, the resources and contributions of the Contribution Fund for Public Security and the creation of a National Academy of Penitentiary Administration and others, Mexicans’ interest will prevail over all others. The Mexico of freedoms, order and peace we wish to pass down to future generations demands the unlimited commitment of all those that have the privilege of serving our country in a public position,” he declared.

During the closing ceremony of the 28th version of the Council, attendees approved President Calderón’s proposal to create a special commission that will follow up the agreement to create a new police force model in Mexico.

Flickr, Politics and Tourism

by Ron Mader

Mexican politicians have discovered Flickr from Gabino Cué Monteagudo to President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa’s National Party

In fact, around the world Flickr is a fave of politicians, including New Zealand Primer Minister John Key’s National PartyEcuador’s President Rafael Correa and perhaps the most befriended Flicrk politican, U.S. President Barack Obama

What about tourism? Officially speaking, it’s not so well developed. Mexico’s Tourism Board created We Visit Mexico but the group hasn’t had much traction.

On the informal side, there’s plenty of great imagery from Mexico on individual accounts and Flickr groups.

Check out Mosaico Mexico
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mosaicomexico

Bicicletas Pedro Martinez
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicicletaspedro

Guerreros de Oaxaca
http://www.flickr.com/photos/guerrerosdeoaxaca

Balam
http://www.flickr.com/photos/febobalam

Familia Mendoza
http://www.flickr.com/photos/familiamendoza

Groups deserving of attention include
Si Mas Bicicletas (Yes More Bicycles)
Mexican palette
Árboles de Oaxaca (Oaxaca Trees)

These are just a few links. Let me know if you have any other Flickr faves!

Sir Paul McCartney in Mexico: Fan Frenzy or “Vicious Attack”?

By Lola

If you’ve been reading the prensa amarillista, the sensationalist—and, unfortunately, very vocal—arm of the press, you’ll have stumbled upon headlines that read “Paul McCartney’s tour bus attacked by mob in Mexico” (azcentral.com) or “Paul McCartney attacked by thugs in Mexico” (World Entertainment News Network). Apparently Sir Paul’s bus ventured into a not-so-shiny part of Mexico City after two very, very successful concerts. His obviously not-from-the-barrio tour bus was surrounded by ardent fans, who proceeded to mob his vehicle and literally crawl up on the roof. Oh. My. God. A Beatle? Mobbed??? Heavens, what is this world coming to?

When a superstar literally fears for his or her safety because of over-zealous fans, it’s time to throw in the towel. I mean, hard-working celebrities losing their shirts, people grabbing at them, invading their space… What’s next?

In my próxima vida, when I’m a mega-celebrity, I will simply helicopter in and out or my brief appearances and live on a secluded island to preclude thuggy fan attacks.