Cancun bar bombing: Yes, it happened, but not how – or where – they say it did!

By Lola

Again with the sensationalist headlines. Again with the overblown rhetoric. Again with the lack of “minor details” – yes, bad stuff is happening. No, it’s not in the middle of the cafés and nightclubs haunted by tourists. It’s in the restaurants and bars haunted by the NARCOS.

Zora, the Roving Gastronome, Dios bless her, hit the nails right on their square heads. Enjoy her post responsibly, and please help spread the RIGHT news: http://rovinggastronome.com/mainblog/2010/08/31/cancun-bar-bombing-not-a-tourist-issue/

Virgin America Launches New Service to Los Cabos and Cancun

Airline Kicks Off Mexico* Service with a Spicy Fare Sale across its Route Network — with Hot Fares from $39** VX Teams with Loopt to Give “Two-for-One Tacos + Tickets” at SF & LA Taco Trucks Today — Proceeds Go To Chihuahua Rescue

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — Virgin America today announces it will serve San Jose del Cabo International Airport (SJD) and Cancun International Airport (CUN) with nonstop flights from California starting this winter.* Nonstop flights launch from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to SJD as of December 16, 2010, from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to CUN as of January 19, 2011, and from SFO-CUN as of January 20, 2011. To celebrate the new routes, the airline today launches a spicy three-day fare sale — with fares from $109** coast-to-coast and $129** to Mexico. On top of these hot fares, tech-forward flyers in need of a Mexican getaway can score a two-for-one ticket offer*** by checking in on Loopt Star, the location-based social mapping network, at SFO, LAX or select taco trucks in San Francisco and Los Angeles from 11:00am-3:00pm PT today. Proceeds from every taco purchased will benefit the City of San Francisco’s Animal Care and Control Chihuahua rescue efforts.

“We’re pleased to bring our service to these world-class Mexican destinations and to offer travelers a better value and a unique flight experience,” said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. “We think flyers deserve to start their Mexican getaways as soon as they board their flight. And with low fares, touch-screen entertainment, beautiful cabins and a host of other features aimed at bringing the fun back to flying, we think travelers will agree that Virgin America is the perfect way to start their Mexican vacation a few hours early.”

In June 2010, the airline announced its intent to launch flights to Mexico by seeking authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin flying the routes as of this winter. DOT granted the airline authority to begin operations on the routes earlier this month. The airline has announced the start of Mexico service pending the necessary Mexican government approvals. With the launch of the Mexico routes, Virgin America will serve three international destinations in its growing network.

“We are pleased to welcome Virgin America to Los Cabos. The decision to serve San Jose del Cabo is a testament to our destination’s strong tourism economy and commitment to provide each visitor with an unmatched vacation experience,” said Gonzalo Franyutti De La Parra, President of the Los Cabos Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Virgin America’s fares to Mexico start from $129** in Main Cabin for SFO-SJD, SFO-CUN and LAX-CUN. Other spicy hot fares start from $39** on LAX-SFO, SFO-Las Vegas (LAS) and SFO-San Diego (SAN) flights — and from $109** for LAX-Washington Dulles (IAD) and SFO-Fort Lauderdale (FLL). Tickets are on sale today on Virgin America’s Web site (http://www.virginamerica.com/) and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474).****

In addition, the airline is celebrating the new routes by giving a special offer to those who check-in on Loopt Star today. By checking in at SFO, LAX or one of Virgin America’s mobile taco truck locations between 11:00am and 3:00pm PT today with the free Loopt Star App on their iPhone, members of the public can score a $1 two-for-one taco deal along with a two-for-one ticket offer*** on Virgin America’s new flights to Mexico.

  —  In Los Angeles, the public can look for Virgin America’s in-flight
      teammates in uniform at the Border Grill taco truck at 7060 Hollywood
      Boulevard.
  —  In San Francisco, the airline’s in-flight teammates and some SF ACC
      Chihuahua friends will be posted at hometown taco truck favorite, Los
      Compadres, at 100 Folsom Street.

 Guests checking in on Loopt Star at SFO and LAX will also receive the special ticket offer. To be eligible, one must check-in using the Loopt Star iPhone app, which is available at the Apple iTunes store or at loopt.com /looptstar.

Proceeds from every taco sold today, will support the San Francisco Animal Care and Control’s (SF ACC) animal rescue programs — including its Chihuahua rescue efforts. In January, Virgin America teamed up with SF ACC to fly Chihuahuas to New York so the dogs could be adopted into new homes. The overpopulation of Chihuahuas in California continues to force animal shelters on the West Coast to look to shelters on the East Coast for help.

“With Loopt Star, consumers get to tap interactive rewards wherever they may be,” said Sam Altman, co-founder and CEO of Loopt. “Teaming up with an innovative travel brand like Virgin America on one of its new city launches, is a fun way to deliver instant rewards to its loyal and increasingly mobile customer base. Virgin America flyers tend to be more likely to be using a mobile device and tapping social networks — even at 35,000 feet.”

  The airline’s Mexico flight schedule is as follows:

            DEPARTURE  ARRIVAL FLIGHT
  FROM TO   TIME       TIME    NUMBER  FREQUENCY OF FLIGHTS
                                        Monday, Thursday, Friday,
  SFO  SJD 12:10pm    4:20pm       706  Saturday, Sunday
                                        Monday, Thursday, Friday,
  SJD  SFO 5:20pm     7:35pm       709  Saturday, Sunday
  SFO  CUN 8:00am     3:45pm       284 Monday, Thursday, Saturday
  CUN  SFO 4:45pm     9:05pm       283 Monday, Thursday, Saturday
                                        Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday,
  LAX  CUN 11:55am    7:20pm       290  Saturday, Sunday
                                        Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday,
  CUN  LAX 8:20pm     12:01am      295  Saturday, Sunday

 Known for its design-driven and fun flight experience, Virgin America has been growing and winning over travelers since its August 2007 launch. The airline offers mood-lit cabins, the most advanced touch-screen in-flight entertainment platform in the North American skies and custom-designed leather seats. Virgin America has swept the major travel awards, including “Best Airline” in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2008 and 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards and for the past three consecutive years in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. Virgin America’s live satellite television and WiFi are not available on the aircraft after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

In July 2010, Virgin America announced plans to order 40 new aircraft. Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto, Orlando (starting October 6, 2010), Dallas-Fort Worth (starting December 2010), Los Cabos (starting December 16, 2010) and Cancun (starting January 19, 2011).

EDITORS NOTE: Virgin America is a U.S. owned, controlled and operated airline. It is an entirely separate company from Virgin Atlantic. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is a minority share investor in Virgin America.

About Virgin America: Headquartered in California and launched in August 2007, Virgin America employs over 1600 people. The airline’s base of operations is San Francisco International Airport. Virgin America offers in-flight internet service on every flight and hosts the largest in-flight entertainment library in the North American skies via the Red(TM) platform. In addition to a 30-film library including foreign language films and Hollywood blockbusters, Red offers live TV, games, seat-to-seat chat, 3,000 MP3s, Google maps, the world’s first seatback digital Shop platform and more. In three years flying, Virgin America was named “Best Domestic Airline” in the Conde Nast Traveler 2008 and 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards and “Best Domestic Airline” in Travel + Leisure’s 2008, 2009 and 2010 World’s Best Awards. For photos and more: http://www.virginamerica.com/

About Loopt: Loopt is the leading location-based mobile social mapping company. Loopt produces a suite of mobile applications including Loopt, Loopt Star, Loopt Pulse for iPad and Loopt Mix, to allow users to discover the world around them. Loopt products use location on mobile phones, iPad and iPod touch devices to help their users find and enjoy the friends, places, and events around them right now. Loopt Star is a mobile rewards game that lets consumers check in to compete with friends and win real-world rewards from retailers and organizations. Loopt Star offers businesses, like Virgin America, a virtual loyalty card, allowing them to connect directly with their customers when they’re out and about. The Loopt services have more than 4 million registered users and partnerships with every major U.S. mobile phone carrier. See loopt.com for details. Loopt was designed with privacy considerations at its core and offers a variety of effective and intuitive privacy controls. Find Loopt on twitter.com/loopt and facebook.com/loopt

* Mexico service is subject to Mexican government approval.

**Terms and Conditions for Spicy Systemwide Fare Sale: All Main Cabin fares are one-way, based on travel originating from the US, and require a 7-day advance purchase. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Fare sale starts 5:00pm PDT August 30, 2010. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm PDT September 2, 2010. For SFO-SJD service, travel must occur between December 16, 2010 and March 16, 2011. For LAX-CUN service, travel must occur between January 19, 2011 and March 16, 2011. For SFO-CUN service, travel must occur between January 20, 2011 and March 16, 2011. For LAX-DFW service, travel must occur between December 1, 2010 and February 15, 2011. For SFO-DFW service, travel must occur between December 6, 2010 and February 15, 2011. For all other service, travel must occur between September 6, 2010 and November 17, 2010. For SJD and DFW service, blackout dates are December 17-18, 2010; December 23,-24, 2010; December 26, 2010; December 30, 2010; January 2- 3, 2011; February 18, 21, 2011. Service to/from Orlando (MCO) begins October 6, 2010. Higher domestic U.S. sale fares are available for travel on Fridays and Sunday. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Flights may not operate daily. Changes or cancellations can be made for a $75 fee if changes are made on Virgin America’s website (www.virginamerica.com) or a $100 fee through all other channels, including the call center and at the airport, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Changes or cancellations of a booking made with Elevate Points will be subject to a $75 redeposit fee. Guests who no-show without a change or cancel prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of this fare. In addition, any future flights booked in the same reservation will also be canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call center will cost an additional $15 per guest per itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.70 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. For international travel, fares do not include the U.S. Immigration User Fee of $7 or the U.S. APHIS fee of $5. For service to/from Toronto, fares do not include additional taxes/fees of up to $50, including: Airport Improvement Fee, Canadian Security Fee, Goods and Services Tax, and Harmonized Sales Tax. Bookings made at a Canadian point of purchase are subject to a $16.10 International Arrival/Departure tax, each way. For service to/from Mexico, fares do not include additional taxes/fees of up to $60, including: Mexico International Departure Tax and Mexico Tourism Tax. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 70 pounds for $25 for each ticketed guest traveling within the U.S. and Canada, and for free of charge for each ticketed guest traveling to/from Mexico. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.
***Terms and Conditions for Two-for-One Offer: While supplies last. This offer ends and promo code must be used by 11:59pm PDT on September 30, 2010. For SFO-SJD service, travel must occur between December 16, 2010 and May 4, 2011. For LAX-CUN service, travel must occur between January 19, 2011 and May 4, 2011. For SFO-CUN service, travel must occur between January 20, 2011 and May 4, 2011. One time use promo code is valid for travel to/from Mexico only and is valid for non-refundable Main Cabin fares only and excludes fully refundable Main Cabin, instant upgrade to Main Cabin Select, Main Cabin Select and First Class fares. Blackout dates are December 17, 18, 23, 24, 26, 30, 2010, January 2, 3, 2011, and February 18, 21, 2011. Promo code may only be used for bookings made on virginamerica.com and is only valid on itineraries of 2 guests traveling together on a single reservation. This offer is valid for nonstop and connecting flights only. Decreasing the number of guests, splitting the itinerary or changing names will be subject to change or cancel fees and may result in the loss of the discount. Promo code may be used only towards newly booked travel and may not be applied to prior bookings. Promo code discount will be deducted off of base fare. Promo code may not be redeemed for cash. Offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. If travel is changed or cancelled, promo code discount will become invalid. Changes or cancellations can be made for a $75 fee if changes are made on Virgin America’s website or a $100 fee through all other channels, including the call center and at the airport, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Tickets purchased through Virgin America’s reservation call center will cost an additional $15 per guest per itinerary; this amount is non refundable if travel is changed or cancelled. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.70 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. For service to and from Mexico, fares do not include the U.S. Immigration User Fee of $7, APHIS fee of $5, U.S. International Arrival/Departure tax of $16.10 each way, and additional taxes/fees of up to $60, including: Mexico International Departure Tax and Mexico Tourism Tax. Fares may include a surcharge. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares are not applicable to check-through connecting flights for city pairs where direct flights are offered. Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 70 pounds free of charge for each ticketed guest flying to/from Mexico. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice.

Mexicana Meltdown

by Ron Mader

Today Grupo Mexicana halted airline operations.

According to yesterday’s press release:
* Grupo Mexicana suspends flights until further notice
* Current management received the company in a state of technical bankruptcy seven days ago after it filed for protection under Mexico’s insolvency laws
* Financial deterioration and lack of agreements force Grupo Mexicana to stop flying
* Grupo Mexicana deeply regrets any inconvenience caused to passengers

This isn’t good.

I was thinking that things were working themselves out, but it turns out that Tim Leffel was right! Blackjack Offers Better Odds for Your $. Now … how do we get to Las Vegas?!

For those of us who would like to promote Mexico, let me emphasize the importance of letting visitors know how they can arrive and leave the country without hassle.

For timely Mexicana news direct from the source, keep an eye on the company’s twitter.

For irrelevant and outdated news, check the Mexicana YouTube channel!

MEXICO CITY WILL WELCOME THE FIRST EVER INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FAIR OF THE AMERICAS

Mexico City, Mexico (August 27, 2010) – The Mexico City Ministry of Tourism is excited to welcome the first ever International Tourism Fair of the Americas, FITA, taking place from September 23rd through 26th in the 349,000-square-foot Bancomer Expo Center Santa Fe in Mexico City.

FITA 2010 will also coincide with the Bicentennial celebration of Mexico’s Independence and the Centennial celebration of the Mexican Revolution, making it an outstanding opportunity to host such an important event.

FITA will also help reinforce Mexico City as a premiere travel destination. “We asked the World Travel Organization for strategy for how we can make Mexico City much better known as a destination, and the WTO had several conclusions,” said Juan Carlos Arnau, manager of strategic projects for the Mexico City Tourism Board. “The main recommendation was to organize a world-class event, a very powerful event to make Mexico City important as a destination.”

Mexico City’s Ministry of Tourism plans to make FITA an annual event that will gather a selected group of exhibitors from all over the world, as well as professionals within the national and international tourism sector, in an effort to promote the destinations and products of the tourism industry.

About FITA 2010

FITA 2010 is a tourism industry fair that focuses on the promotion and commercialization of products, services and travel destinations- with its main goal of generating new Business developments and investments within one of the largest cities in the world: Mexico City.

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TV Azteca Presents 13 Short Films to Celebrate the Mexican Bicentennial

’13 Formas de Amar a mi Mexico’ features top Mexican filmmakers who offer new perspectives on Mexico – – Ricardo Salinas continues strong promotion of Mexican arts and culture –

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — TV Azteca, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: TVAZTCA; Latibex: XTZA), one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language television programming in the world, presented today “13 Formas de Amar a mi Mexico,” a series of 13 three-minute short films focused on Mexico’s Bicentennial of Independence and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution.

Starting in September, and for 13 subsequent weeks, TV Azteca and Azteca America will broadcast the short films apt for a wide audience in different timeslots in Mexico and the United States.

“This is the most important effort of Mexican television to bring together top filmmakers and viewers. Millions of families can enjoy the work of some of the best creative minds of the Mexican and global film industry, shedding new light and perspectives on events of our country,” said Mario San Roman, CEO of TV Azteca.

Seven of the 13 directors – Guillermo Arriaga, Juan Carlos Bolado, Carlos Cuaron, Maria Novaro, Juan Carlos Rulfo, Alejandro Springall and Antonio Urrutia – have established award-winning careers in national and international film production. Four others are major TV Azteca producers, with the group rounded out by two film school students who were chosen by a panel of experts.

Excellent production values, from scripts to photography, editing and acting will thrill millions of viewers, while adding new perspectives on our country.

“13 Formas de Amar a mi Mexico,” is an example of the strong commitment to promote Mexican arts and culture of Grupo Salinas’ Chairman and Founder Ricardo Salinas.

Company Profile

TV Azteca is one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language television programming in the world, operating two national television networks in Mexico, Azteca 13 and Azteca 7, through more than 300 owned and operated stations across the country. TV Azteca affiliates include Azteca America Network, a new broadcast television network focused on the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic market, and Azteca Web, an Internet company for North American Spanish speakers.

TV Azteca is a Grupo Salinas company (www.gruposalinas.com), a group of dynamic, fast-growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating shareholder value, contributing to build the middle class of the countries in which they operate, and improving society through excellence. Created by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas (www.ricardosalinas.com), Grupo Salinas operates a as a management development and decision forum for the top leaders of member companies. The companies include: TV Azteca (www.irtvazteca.com), Azteca America (www.aztecaamerica.com), Grupo Elektra (www.grupoelektra.com.mx), Banco Azteca (www.bancoazteca.com.mx), Afore Azteca (www.aforeazteca.com.mx), Seguros Azteca (www.segurosazteca.com.mx) and Grupo Iusacell (www.iusacell.com). Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates independently, with its own management, board of directors and shareholders. Grupo Salinas has no equity holdings. However, member companies share a common vision, values and strategies for achieving rapid growth, superior results and world-class performance.

Celebrate Mexico’s 200th Birthday in San Miguel de Allende

Casa Dragones Tequilla Offers a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ — An elegant town. A historic house. A once in a lifetime experience. Now you and a guest can experience Mexico’s 200th birthday in the colonial town where it all began. You’ll stay for three nights in the La Casa Dragones itself, the original 17th century stables of the legendary Dragones, now converted into a magnificent home in San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Travel + Leisure’s 4th Best City in the World (2010).

To enter this contest, simply show us how you present Casa Dragones Tequila. Send us a photo of your home bar set up, a beautiful tray with glasses, or a chic tasting presentation — all including Casa Dragones Tequila, of course. Interior designers at Meyer Davis Studio Inc. will select the best photos based on the uniqueness of the presentation, and the elegance of the set-up.

Ten second-place winners will also be selected to receive a stunning set of hand-engraved Riedel glasses, engraved using the traditional Mexican technique of Pepita in the same style as the Casa Dragones Tequila bottle. A beautiful addition to any home bar, these glasses are unique and are not sold in any store.

For more information, or to enter the contest right now, visit www.casadragones.com

For the latest updates on this contest and other information, become our fan on Facebook. You can also ask your friends to participate in this contest by forwarding this email to them.
Winners will be notified via email and announced on our website and on the Casa Dragones Facebook page. The winning photos will also be posted on a Casa Dragones Flickr page.
Good luck and we hope to see you in San Miguel de Allende for El Grito!

TAHÉIMA WELLNESS RESORT & SPA IN RIVIERA NAYARIT TEAMS UP WITH

Weeklong Programs Stimulate the Mind & Relax the Body while Exploring Topics Ranging from Culture to Environment to Personal Health

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico (August 24, 2010) – “Stimulate the mind and take care of the body.” Increasingly, scientific studies point to this simple philosophy as the secret for longer, healthier life. And, that is the premise of a partnership between the newly opened Tahéima Wellness Resort & Spa in Riviera Nayarit on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, and the nationally respected Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of California, Berkeley.

The result is a series of uniquely exciting, all-inclusive, week-long themed programs, offered from November through March, featuring leading authorities including professors from UC Berkeley presenting topics ranging from the environment and biodiversity to the cultural connections between Mexico and the U.S., to personal wellbeing and health. The programs are offered in the context of a luxurious all-inclusive vacation at one of Mexico’s newest spa and wellness resorts.

“We invite everyone to explore a world of intellectual, spiritual and physical wellness while enjoying an extraordinary vacation here at Tahéima,” said Olivier Coupat, General Manager. “More and more travelers are looking for experiences that stimulate their intellect, imagination and creativity as well as satisfy their appreciation for outstanding service, fine food and beautiful surroundings. They will find all this and more by participating in these outstanding OLLI programs.”

The basis of the OLLI curriculum is the week-long investigation into a chosen theme. “There is a fundamental shift happening in the political, economic and cultural relationships which define the contemporary dynamics in both US/Mexico and hemispheric relations. These programs are an opportunity to join in the dialogue on these issues with leading UC Berkeley and Mexican scholars,” according to Susan Hoffman, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Center. Upcoming programs and dates are as follows:

• November 13-20, 2010, Cultural legacies: Mexico Across Borders
This week explores the cultural connection between Mexico and the United States through films, murals, music and other forms of art and will include film premiere, seminars, salons, field trips and more.

The faculty includes Ray Telles, an independent film maker and UC Berkeley adjunct professor of Ethnic Studies; Annice Jacoby, author and producer; Alex Saragoza, UC Berkeley historian and former director of the University of California’s Latin American Center in Mexico City, and Salvador Leetoy, Communication and International Relations faculty member at the Tecnológico de Monterrey.

• December 4-11, 2010, Energy and the Environment
This week will explore the flora, fauna and birds of Mexico as well as the challenges for biodiversity through field trips to botanical gardens and other habitats where scientists will identify common and rare species and look into the role of biodiversity in the politics of Mexico and the U.S. Another feature of the program will be regionally based cuisine prepared by Tahéima’s chef based on healthy native flavors and produce.

The UC Berkeley faculty includes Patrick O’Grady, assistant professor of environmental science, policy and management; Chelsea Specht, assistant professor of plant and microbiology; and Alex Saragoza, a historian and former director of the University of California’s Latin American Center in Mexico City.

• January 22-29, 2011, Mexico, Media and Democracy
This week explores the relationship between the media and the development of a democratic culture, bringing journalists from the US and Mexico to engage in dialogue with participants about topics ranging from the rise of new media to the challenges of providing deep analysis for a democratic society. The Tahéima digital media lab will provide hands-on opportunities to investigate and engage new media.

The faculty includes Cynthia Gorney, UC Berkeley School of Journalism and New York Times feature writer; David Weir, founder of the Center for Investigative Reporting and co-founder of Salon.com; Alex Saragoza and Salvador Leetoy (see above). Other journalists from Mexico will also participate.

• March 19-26, 2011, Writers Conference – Details to be announced in the near future.

• Optimizing Your Health
As an integral component of each program, Dr. Michael Thaler, professor emeritus at UC San Francisco, will present a weeklong series of lectures and discussions created specifically for the OLLI-Tahéima guests. Dr. Thaler will present recent discoveries in neuroscience on the practices needed for a healthy lifestyle, positive aging and neuroplasticity, and be available for discussion of individual questions and concerns. This program will complement the resort’s ongoing classes in wellness, meditation and movement.

In addition to all the classes, discussions and other activities presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Tahéima/OLLI package includes:
• Accommodations in a spacious suite
• Healthy balanced breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or a la carte
• Juice Bar and healthy beverages during the day and unlimited international and domestic alcoholic beverages by the glass in the resort bars from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
• One 60 minute massage daily from the Full Passport Collection
• Access to all resort facilities, including pools, whirlpool and gym
• Access to Taheima´s Wellness Institute with more than 25 activities a week in disciplines such as yoga, Tai Chi, Mexican anthropology and history, dance, healthy anti-cancer cooking classes, and more
• Transportation to and from the Puerto Vallarta Airport
• 25 percent discount on cooking classes, private instruction for yoga and dance, spa beauty treatments and workshops in pottery, ceramics and painting

The all-inclusive OLLI weeklong programs are priced at $1,400 per person, double occupancy and $1,620 per person, single occupancy. For program information, contact OLLI@Berkeley at 1-510-642-9934, berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu, or by visiting www.olli.berkeley.edu.

. Reservations may be made through Tahéima at 1-866-978-7140.
 
About Tahéima Wellness Resort & Spa
Dedicated to offering sophisticated travelers a luxuriously holistic wellness experience that engages all the senses and stimulates the body, mind and spirit, Tahéima Wellness Resort & Spa is situated just north of Puerto Vallarta and offers 135 suite accommodations with full kitchens and state-of-the-art informational technology and gourmet dining in two restaurants under the direction of Master Chef Gerard Dupont, president of L’Academie Culinaire de France. In early 2011, a destination spa and wellness center will feature an indoor pool, Zen meditation labyrinth, bamboo gardens, and more than 30 treatment rooms. The resort also has a fitness center and gym, several infinity swimming pools, and the Tahéima Learning Center and Brain Gym, where guests are invited to participate in a broad spectrum of classes designed for intellectual and physical exercise. Guests also have access to facilities at the adjacent Paradise Village Resort, including priority reservations for golf at El Tigre, tennis, squash and racquet ball, heated swimming pools and an extreme sports facility. The Playa Royale Beach Club on the Pacific Ocean provides access to the white sand Pacific beach and offers its own restaurant and bar.

For more information about or to make a reservation, please visit http://www.taheima.com/ or call 1-866 978 7140.

About the UC Berkeley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
UC Berkeley’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI @Berkeley) presents more than 75 courses, lectures, and symposia each year. Distinguished Berkeley faculty members and other expert teachers explore traditional subjects and cutting-edge fields of study without exams or grades. OLLI @Berkeley provides opportunities for mature students (over 50) to share life experiences and participate in a rich exchange of ideas, whether in our classrooms at UC Berkeley, or in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, through our partnership with the Tahéima Wellness Resort and Spa.

To learn more about our programs, including the Tahéima international travel program, educational research on cognitive fitness, and peer-led interest circles, as well as OLLI’s online lectures and courses with speakers such as former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and global energy expert Dan Kammen, visit http://www.olli.berkeley.edu/.