Premier development will feature the Mexican Caribbean’s first residential community,

Wellness Center and Retreat dedicated to health and wellness


A new sanctuary has arrived for those seeking a balanced lifestyle: Tao Center & Riviera Maya Residential Community.


Nestled in the private 717-acre Bahia Principe Residential Complex and surrounded by the world class Robert Trent Jones II 27-hole championship golf course and 9-hole par 3 course, Tao Center & Riviera Maya Residential Community will be an exclusive resort development offering 400 spacious Residences, Townhomes, Condominiums, a 24-room boutique hotel, The Retreat, and a Wellness Center.  The project is slated for completion in early 2012.


Embracing the philosophy of Tao, which refers to “the path to achieving individual fulfillment or personal enlightenment,” Tao Center & Riviera Maya Residential Community is the quintessential luxury paradise located in the Mexican Caribbean; this unique property is built on the foundations of holistic health and the pursuit of an inspired life. Our Tao Center and Residential Community offers a perfect blend of functionality, sophistication, serenity and self-fulfillment – all at accessible prices.


Tao Center & Riviera Maya Residential Community, a natural sanctuary situated in the middle of the Mayan jungle and approximately 15 minutes from Tulum, is surrounded by exuberant vegetation, caves, sacred natural rock pools, and cenotes — a significant portion of which will remain undeveloped, so residents have a spacious sense of place and a strong relationship to the natural world. Residents of the community and guests of the Retreat will also have access to more than 120 acres of adjacent land that will be well-appointed with hiking and walking trails for all levels of ability.


The Tao Center’s holistic wellness program will be led by Jonathan Ellerby Ph.D., the internationally recognized best-selling author of “Inspiration Deficit Disorder,” “Return to the Sacred,” “Your Spiritual Personality” and former Spiritual Program Director for Canyon Ranch Health Resorts. With more than 20 years of experience in the fields of holistic healing, spiritual counselling, integrative medicine, and corporate consulting, Ellerby in the role of Tao Center CEO, will collaborate with our team to integrate inspired living concepts into the total design and culture of our property including the residential community.


The Center will provide guests with group and personalized physical and spiritual programming to facilitate guests’ own sense of inner peace, fitness, joyful recreation and to assist in their overall journey to attain a harmoniously balanced life.  The natural tropical setting, coupled with the experiential, integrative services found only at Tao will further serve to enhance guests overall transformative experience.

At the Tao Center residents and guests will be invited to participate in various self-discovery and personal expansion activities available throughout the day…practice yoga on a crystal-like glass platform overlooking a grotto…swim in the lap pools that weave their way throughout the property… work out in the fully-equipped gym.  Expert technicians will also be on hand to make dietary recommendations, assist in creating healthy lifestyle habits and provide advice to increase energy levels and promote longevity. The Tao Center will be as much about keeping your mind sharp and creative, as keeping your body fit and flexible, and your spirit tranquil and wise.


Tao Center & Riviera Maya Residential Community is the lifelong vision of developer and CEO of Dao Group, Benjamin Beja, and a collective of investors, the Dao Group.  Dao Group is a privately held Mexican real estate investment firm comprised of integrated development, design and construction and real estate sales and marketing divisions. Over the past eight years, Dao Group and Mexico Alive, the sales and marketing company of the Dao Group, have been responsible for developing, selling and marketing more than 1,300 homes in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Riviera Maya, Mexico.


“Our vision for Tao Center & Riviera Maya Residential Community was to create an ideal environment for a personal journey of introspection and realized potential; to capture the spirit of the area’s peaceful energy and offer residents ample room, yet easy access to the facilities and the area’s countless recreational opportunities. Buyers will undoubtedly be drawn to the luxurious infrastructure, yet relaxed and accessibly priced offering.”


Tao Center Retreat

The Tao Center Retreat will be a small, luxuriously appointed 24-room boutique hotel set in the midst of the natural sanctuary and next door to the Tao Center. The ultra-luxury destination will feature an exclusive offering of unique ownership opportunities:  24 Rental Suites (1BDRM/1BA Units) and will function as a branded residential hotel that will offer guests and homeowners alike, unique, private dwellings; a variety of dining options, including a Natural Foods Café and Juice Bar, an Eco-Chic Boutique that will feature a well-edited collection of natural health products, clothing, jewelry, gifts, and compliments to daily life, as well as access to all that the Tao Center has to offer.


Tao Center & Riviera Maya Residential Community Real Estate Offering

Tao Center & Riviera Maya Residential Community provides one of the Mexican Caribbean’s most unique real estate offerings with a limited number of exclusive full ownership Residences, Townhomes and Condominiums.


Tao Center & Riviera Maya Residential Community is a truly innovative and inspired way of realizing one’s potential physically, mentally and creatively – and the opportunity to own a home in the residential community is now available.  The goal of the development is to encourage our guests to be conscious of the positive affect of placing ourselves – the mind, body, and spirit – in overall alignment.


Robert Trent Jones World Class Golf Course

Tao Center & Riviera Maya Residential Community homeowners will also be able to enjoy The Robert Trent Jones II 36-hole championship golf course, which has been designed to demonstrate the designer’s renowned ability to create challenging courses and complements the region’s beauty, through natural landscaping and aesthetics.  The Golf Course will also feature a 80,000 sq. ft Bahia Principe Residences Clubhouse, which will be set against the seclusion of open space and undeveloped land, partnered with resort-style amenities. An ideal retreat for nature lovers and golf enthusiasts alike, guests will enjoy exclusive access to exquisite dining facilities, a fitness center and spa, a full-service Pro Shop, a tennis court, swimming pool and boutique stores. The facilities will also offer guest business and conference centers.


Tao Center & Riviera Maya Residential Community Home Types

Prices ranging from $165,000 to $399,000 USD



The design of the Residences offers excellent space distribution, as well as a perfect blend of tranquility, sophistication and functionality. The Residences will allow owners to indulge in the sweeping vistas, and essentially incorporate elements of the exterior ambiance to enhance the indoor/outdoor living spaces. The first floor features one bedroom with a bathroom, a living room overlooking the backyard patio, a kitchen and a private pool.  While the second floor features two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a rooftop terrace.   Total square feet: approximately 2,536 square ft.



Tao Center & Riviera Maya Residential Community offers contemporary Townhomes which feature two spacious bedrooms, two full bathrooms, an open living room, a kitchen with breakfast bar, even a home office/den area. The outdoor living space of each Townhome merges with the Mayan jungle and allows residents to enjoy the natural surroundings from the comfort of their backyard patio, or while relaxing on the Rooftop Terrace.  Total square feet: approximately 2,107 square ft.



The Condominiums have been designed to offer residents a balanced division between interior and exterior areas, resulting in an overall sensation of spaciousness. The condominiums provide residents with a visual continuity between the rooms and exterior terraces, which lend themselves to being used for additional living space. Tao Center & Riviera Maya Residential Community is pleased to offer three different condominium options, all of which offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, kitchen with a breakfast bar and a spacious terrace.  Total square feet:  969 square ft.


For additional information, please visit our website:


Responsible Tourism in Cities: South Africa and Mexico

by Ron Mader

The date is set for the Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference in Durban, South Africa: the morning of May 6, as part of the Indaba tourism conference. The event is presented by The City of Cape Town in partnership with Cape Town Tourism and South African Tourism. Media partners include, the website I founded in 1994.

I’m looking forward to the opportunity to cross the Atlantic! There’s so much to learn when comparing more than two countries.

While in South Africa, I hope to arrange a Photosafari or two along the lines of the events we’ve conducted in Llano Park in Oaxaca.

Space is available for 100 delegates at the conference venue and any number of virtual delegates via livestreaming video and Twitter. We already have a few participants registered from Mexico! Register to participate here.

The Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference seeks to bring together leaders in local government, sustainable tourism and social media, focusing on a practical set of issues – conservation and tourism in cities. It will help city officials, community organizations, the private sector, academics, NGOs, activists and other stakeholders understand some of the key issues underlying responsible tourism in cities, and will equip them with practical knowledge and resources to help make a positive contribution toward implementing responsible tourism in their city destination.

Please let me know what you think Mexico could teach the world about responsible travel. If there is interest, we’ll conduct similar events in Mexico.


Turismo Responsable en las Ciudades

Mexico Launches Sustainable Tourism Project in Sierra Gorda

The Sierra Gorda Ecological Group (GESGIAP) in Sierra Gorda, Mexico, has been announced as the benefactor of a grant from the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that will provide funding necessary to turn the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve of northern Queretaro State ( into a world-class tourism destination.

In 2008 it received the Tourism for Tomorrow Award of the World Travel & Tourism Council. Currently, the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve is a high-priority conservation area in Mexico due to its rich biodiversity and high degree of conservation. Although rich in natural resources, the area is made up of predominantly rural landholders in 600 communities facing economic problems as well as lack of employment opportunities.

The funding for the “Sustainable Tourism in Sierra Gorda” project will enable for innovative mechanisms to be installed to reduce rural poverty, while assisting the end of deforestation, preservation of diverse ecosystems and species and allowing for rehabilitation of degraded areas and sustainable management of natural resources. The project will directly benefit about 100 small to medium sized businesses including hotels, restaurants, tour guides, travel agencies and tourist services, five municipalities and the local communities by contributing to the development of an economy in rural communities in naturally protected areas of Mexico with the purpose of creating a model of rural tourism in the Sierra Gorda region. For more information, visit or

Mazatlán’s “Star Quality” Continues To Rise…


Hollywood starlet Eva Longoria and her beau Eduardo Cruz vacationed in this vibrant destination over the weekend, where they were immersed in Mazatlan’s rich culture, fabulous cuisine and warm hospitality amid a romantic coastal backdrop. The couple strolled through Old Mazatlan’s charming shops, outdoor cafes and art galleries, visiting the 19th century cathedral and iconic Angela Peralta Theater before hitting the beach along Mazatlan’s oceanfront malecon boardwalk. The pair also joined the state governor for dinner, enjoying renowned seafood and authentic specialties.

Mazatlan continues to draw distinguished guests to its sunny shores throughout the season. Internationally acclaimed dancers take the stage this weekend, April 29 – May 5, as part of the Jose Limon Dance Festival. A-Listers in the golf world converge May 5 – 8 to compete in the Canadian PGA’s Mexican PGA Championship. Later in June, surf pros from around the globe hang ten on Mazatlan’s big waves for the Quiksilver Surf Clasico Mazatlan.

To keep up with these events and more, visit


Cancun, Q. Roo (April 22, 2011):–    Today is the day that thousands of people from different cultures converge in one place to celebrate the 41ST anniversary of the founding of Cancun. Since its inception, this magical destination in the Caribbean was thought to be one of the most important places of the country where international and national tourists could be provided with a taste of what Mexico really is: flavor, color, culture, landscapes, nature and our famous warmth.


This is how Cancun is; a multicultural destination where people come together from the 32 Mexican states to celebrate their home nation and the creation of their own identity that was founded just 41 years ago.


Cancun is a destination that attracts not only tourists but thousands of people who choose to live there and enjoy its cosmopolitan flair, as well as his tireless concern for nature and the environment and its cultural and ethnic diversity.


It is not uncommon to find foreigners living in the area. According to the 2009 census conducted by the National Migration Institute (INM) about 10.753 people choose to spend extensive periods of time or live in Quintana Roo, ranging from North Americans, Africans, Asians,  Arabs, Europeans, South Americans and Caribbean natives.


Among the most numerous colonies of foreigners registered in Quintana Roo are:

  • 2.140 Americans
  • 1.172 Cubans
  • 792 Italians
  • 765 Spaniards
  • 698 Argentineans
  • 625 Canadians
  • 354 Germans
  • 306 British


To celebrate the multiculturalism in Cancun on April 20th, the third annual Theme and Regional Costume Parade will be held, organized by the Civil Partnership Pioneers of Cancun. It is expected that more than 2,000 people will attend the parade and participate in one of two categories: a) Antique cars, Cowboys, Bikers, Scouts, Sports Clubs, etc  and b) Regional Costumes, Yucatan, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Cuban, Italian , etc. (wearing the customary clothes of their place of origin).


Today is the day we all stop being thinking of ourselves as being from a specific state or country and come together to celebrate the Cancun-ness in us all and show the world why we are still one of the favorite destinations for our kindness and warmth as well as beautiful natural landscapes.


About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is Mexico’s number one tourist destination and is known all over the world for its spectacular beaches, unique beauty and breathtaking turquoise waters.


Cancun’s shoreline recently underwent a $71 Million Dollar makeover, that featured 1.3 billion gallons of sand to renovating the Hotel Zone’s seashore.  The most popular tourism destination in Mexico and Latin America has also added to its sun, beach, and nightlife, by creating a unique five-day route that will offer visitors a chance to experience adventure and interaction with nature. Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean invite travelers to discover the vast natural, cultural and gastronomical cultures of Puerto Morelos, and the four islands of the Mexican Caribbean: Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Cozumel. Cancun is a multifaceted destination that combines nature, historical Mayan Culture, glamour, luxury and world class tourism with the seduction for adventure, the passion for paradisiacal nature and the enchantment of gastronomical magic.



Mexico City, April 18, 2011- Grupo Aeromexico (BMV: AEROMEX) announced to the investors’ community, that the company’s initial public offer (IPO) through the Mexican Stock Exchange has been extremely successful. It was 100% primary offer. As previously announced, Aeromexico plans to use proceeds from the IPO to continue with the consolidation of its investment plan.


Today, at the opening of the market, the company registered a total of 125,513,903 shares in the Mexican Stock Exchange. Trading began under the ticker “AEROMEX” and the settlement date was set on April 19th.


The IPO price was thirty-one pesos per share (US$2.58 dollars), for a total of 125,513,903 shares, including 16,371,738 shares from the greenshoe option referred to in the prospectus. The total value of offer, including the greenshoe option, was US$ 324,244,249.-.


The offer was oversubscribed in a 2 to 1 ratio, which resulted in a balanced allocation between local and international institutional as well as individual investors; who were promoted directly by lead underwriters and a large number of Mexican brokers who took part as members of the underwriting syndicate, achieving a broad distribution of the placement. The overall transaction counted with the participation of over three thousand investors.


The leading financial groups who jointly participated in this IPO were: Acciones y Valores Banamex, SA de CV, Casa de Bolsa, a member of Grupo Financiero Banamex; Actinver Casa de Bolsa, SA de CV Actinver Financial Group and Deutsche Securities, SA de CV, Casa de Bolsa.
As a result of today’s actions, Aeromexico and its shareholders reaffirmed their commitment to Mexico; to remain the country’s largest airline and the engine of growth in domestic aviation to the rest of the world.



About Grupo Aeromexico

Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V., is a holding company whose subsidiaries are dedicated to the commercial aviation in Mexico and the promotion of loyalty programs for passengers. It holds a modern fleet of Boeing 777, 767 and 737 aircraft, as well as Embraer 145 and 190 next generation.


Grupo Aeromexico operates its main hub out of Terminal 2 in the Mexico City International Airport. The Group’s airlines operate over 450 daily flights to different cities in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Central and South America, as well as Europe and Asia. Aeromexico is a founding member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance comprised of 13 airlines.




Mazatlán Celebrates Vibrant Spring Calendar of Events

MAZATLÁN, Mexico (April 17, 2011) – The sun shines bright on the golden shores of Mazatlán, where rich culture and legendary hospitality set the stage for a lineup of spring events that’s better than ever.


This Pacific Coast destination welcomes visitors with a full calendar of unique festivities throughout the months of April, May and June, 2011. From performing arts and musical extravaganzas to world-class sporting events, Mazatlán offers a variety of activities for every interest amid warm sea breezes and a picturesque backdrop.


New this year, the destination hosts the Quiksilver Surf Clásico Mazatlán, an international surf, music and fashion festival taking place June 1 – 5. The five-day event brings Mazatlán’s long-established surfing renown to the world stage as part of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 2011 Star event schedule. Athletes will compete for an $85,000 USD purse. Back on shore, spectators enjoy a full schedule of fashion shows, culinary fairs and live music performances by national and international artists that include Cut/Copy, Slightly Stoopid, Los Amigos Invisibles and more.


“We are proud to showcase such a diverse array of spring events that reflects the vibrant spirit of Mazatlán and its people,” says Carlos Berdegué, vice president of the Mazatlán Hotel Association. “Premier events like these alongside our rich heritage draw thousands of visitors who are welcomed into the warmth and vitality of daily life in Mazatlán.”


Below is just a sampling of event highlights taking place this spring in Mazatlán:


April 27 – May 1

Mazatlán International Bike Week 2011 – Motorcycle fans gear up for five days of high-octane fun and adventure along Mexico’s golden Pacific Coast. More than 15,000 bikers and enthusiasts converge for the 16th Annual International Bike Week, featuring an action-packed lineup of activities that range from bike parades, stunt exhibitions, drag races, custom bike competitions, accessories and apparel expos, as well as live music, entertainment, local restaurant sponsors, free contests and giveaways.

Location: Main bike parade – Malecon oceanfront promenade, Mazatlán, Mexico


April 29 – May 5

Jose Limon Dance Festival – The 135-year-old Angela Peralta Theater sets the stage for one of the year’s most anticipated performing arts events. The Jose Limón Dance Festival honors the legacy of pioneering Sinaloa dancer and choreographer, Jose Limón – founder of the acclaimed dance company that established a global stage extending well beyond Mazatlán. Showcasing artists and dancers of international renown, the festival also shines a light on expositions, literary presentations and the Summit of Academies – a nationwide assembly of dancers.

Location: Angela Peralta Theater, Old Mazatlán


May 5 – 8

Mexican PGA Championship – Estrella Del Mar Golf Club hosts this prestigious tournament of the Canadian Professional Golf Tour, drawing hundreds of the world’s top golfers in pursuit of this year’s title from defending champion Andy Matthews alongside a $125,000 USD purse. The Mexican PGA Championship will swing into action on Estrella Del Mar’s oceanfront course, renowned as one of Mexico’s finest, offering 18 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

Location: Estrella Del Mar – Stone Island, Mazatlán, Mexico


May 6

ArtWalk – Lovers of fine art will find much to explore on the first Friday in May, when Old Mazatlán’s art galleries and workshops for free tours, exhibit debuts, and lectures by visiting and local artists. Visitors marvel at dynamic displays of photography, paintings and sculptures in neoclassical buildings refurbished to house the city’s art galleries.

Location: Old Mazatlán historic district, Mazatlán, Mexico


June 1

Marina Mazatlán Fishing Tournament – Recognized worldwide as a first-class fishing destination, Mazatlán draws top anglers from around the world for the premier Marina Mazatlán tournament. Complete with festive dinner receptions, onshore events and an official awards ceremony, international anglers are sure to be hooked.

Location: Marina Mazatlán – Sabalo Estuary north of the main commercial harbor, Mazatlán, Mexico


June 1 – 5

Quiksilver Surf Clásico Mazatlán – Celebrate the swell life with five days of epic surf, fashion and live music as surfers from around the globe hang ten on Mazatlán’s renowned breaks. This Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) four-star event features an $85,000 purse alongside festivities that range from surf gear expos and fashion shows to local art exhibits and featured live concerts from international beach rock artists including Cut/Copy, Slightly Stoopid and more.

Location: Competition beach – Playa El Camaron in Golden Zone tourism corridor, Mazatlán, Mexico


Mazatlán hosts a year-round calendar of events that include international sporting tournaments, culinary fairs, eclectic cultural festivals and holiday celebrations. For more information on these spring highlights or the full calendar of 2011 events in Mazatlán, visit


About Mazatlán

Mazatlán is located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. As Mexico’s second largest coastal city, Mazatlán has nearly 600,000 inhabitants. The city is divided into two main areas: Old Mazatlán and Zona Dorada or Golden Zone, with a seven-mile coastal road between the two.  Mazatlán has an international sport-fishing reputation. Sites of interest include: the Angela Peralta Theater, Archeological Museum, Republic Plaza, Ocean Museum, Botanic Garden, San Jose Chapel and the world’s second-tallest lighthouse. Transportation is available via the local “pulmonías” or four-person open-air vehicles that have become a symbol of the city. Visit Mazatlán on the World Wide Web at http://www.gomazatlá