US Airways and Mexico – A Winning Combination

By: Lisa Coleman

Mexico keeps slugging away, and US Airways is always in their corner. With the recent announcement of Mexico’s massive $30 million ad campaign, it’s good to know the major airlines are on board. Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending the event hosted by the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) and US Airways Vacations to share the latest and greatest about what’s happening in tourism south of the border. These events are designed to target travel agents, who despite the onset of internet bookings, are still a powerful part of the industry. This event was attended by the Mexican states of Guerrero, Baja California Sur, Jalisco, Quintana Roo and Sinaloa, spotlighting their respective popular resorts including, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, the Riviera Maya and Mazatlan.


It was held at the beautiful Arizona Grand Resort and agents were treated to a reception and introduction to a solid sampling of Mexico hotels and destinations.  Our hosts from US Airways and the Mexican Tourism Board’s Jorge Gamboa lead the charge through a series of educational overviews aimed at building more confidence for agents selling Mexico. The presentation was very thorough and US Airways Vacations has put some excellent incentives in place for agents to pass on to their customers traveling to Mexico. In addition, Mr. Gamboa introduced some very impressive stats to help counteract the negative press that has been looming over Mexico for the last couple of years.  There were 22.4 million international arrivals to Mexico last year and it’s still the number one tourist destination for Americans. And, 97% of those Americans were satisfied with their trip and a near perfect 99% would recommend Mexico travel to their family and friends.


Over the years, the MTB has created a series of educational events that continue to be successful, and US Airways has truly established itself as a key player in international travel.  Earlier this year, US Airways achieved a number one ranking in the annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR) report. The AQR is an industry benchmark that measures airline reliability and service. For the fifth consecutive year, US Airways improved its standing in the AQR and earned its first number one ranking among the ‘Big Five’ hub-and-spoke network carriers for 2010 performance. US Airways was also the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine’s 50 Report for 2010.
US Airways Vacations in Mexico offers complete air and hotel packages to 11 destinations in Mexico via their hubs across the country.

 

Disclosure: I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Community Manager for the México Today Program. All stories, opinions and passion for all things México shared here are completely my own. Mexico Today is a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and an unrivaled tourist destination

 

About Day Of The Dead

By David Simmonds

Dia de Los Muertos is a colorful religious festival in Mexico that is deeply rooted in thousands of years of tradition. This event has a long and complex history that has evolved over time, surviving many successive ancient civilizations and the Spanish Conquest. The Day of the Dead is a profoundly significant cultural event and a unique holiday characterized by special foods and confections. What at first may appear to outsiders a bizarrely macabre celebration is actually an important family ritual that recognizes the cycle of life that is the human experience. Mexican culture recognizes death as an implicit consequence of life. As in pre-Hispanic times it is seen as the seed of life, a passage to a more authentic existence. Death is embraced in a friendly way, but the Mexican relationship with death is full of subtle irony and mockery. From an early age children make, play with and eat candy skulls and skeletons. Skeleton toys are for both the living and the dead and are used to adorn the offerings for dead children. This may be one reason for the healthy acceptance of death as part of the cycle of life in Mexican culture. Despite the humor that mocks death during this time of year, there is a strong sense of respect for the people’s ancestors.

This is particularly so in rural areas with indigenous peoples, where preparations and anticipation of this event are a major preoccupation much of the year. The festival is essentially a private family feast. Although it has a very colorful and festive public aspect at the community level, the core of the celebration takes place from October 31 to November 2, with the extended family. November first is All Saints Day when little dead children are honored, and November second is All Souls Day commemorating the souls of all the faithfully departed. The manner of celebration varies by region, as some families wait in their homes for the arrival of the spirits while others spend the night picnicking in the cemetery (or pantheon) by candlelight.


Whether at home or in the cemetery, one of the most important aspects of the celebration is that of the family “offering” or offrendaOffrendas may take place in family homes, in the cemetery, or both. Offrendas are usually decorated with flowers (usually cempazuchiles, a type of marigold), palm leaves, fruits, or other regional ornaments such as tin or paper skeletons. Also present are usually photographs of departed loved ones, figures of saints, favorite foods, personal items, fresh baked bread, sugar skulls or toy skeletons. Copol incense burns to attract dead loved ones and clear the air of any bad spirits that might be present.

The family gathers around the offrenda and shares memories of the departed, awaiting their arrival. Their souls are not usually seen, but their presence is sensed. They do not eat the foods left for them, but rather consume its essence, leaving behind positive energy. When family and friends eat the food, it is thought this positive energy is then absorbed and sustains them throughout the year.

Disclosure:  I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Contributor for the México Today Program.  All stories, opinions and passion for all things México shared here are completely my own. Mexico Today is a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and an unrivaled tourist destination.

 

Spanish Colonial Style…A Path to the Past

By: Lisa Coleman

Living in Arizona, we see plenty of hacienda-style and adobe homes. Their design has been a mainstay and “Mexican” interiors commonplace. But, the truth is there is no strict or monolithic description as to what is and is not “Spanish Colonial.” Because of the incredible variation of pieces that unite Spanish and Mexican style, the definition runs the gamut from heavy hand-carved rustic armoires, rugged tables and ancient doors, to fantastic marquetry (inlaid wood work), intricately detailed sacristy chests, bargueños (Spanish traveling desks), religious artifacts, and true antiques. This kind of variety embraces the eclectic and provides a design perspective filled with passion and antiquity.


For over 2,000 years, Mexico has been the pulse of life in Latin America. The indigenous Olmec, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec, Toltec, and Aztec people left an indelible imprint on the society creating a mystic history and culture that is still perpetuated through architecture, craftsmanship, customs and traditions. When the Spanish arrived in 1519, the native people began a fascinating evolution of art and heritage paving the way for today’s loose interpretation of “Mexican-Spanish Colonial” style.


While the Spanish conquistadors were traveling the world in search of new acquisitions for the crown, they encountered various peoples and cultures along the way. They collected everything from art and handicrafts to furniture and textiles and presented them as trophies to mother Spain. As a result, the royalty and social elite filled their homes and castles with treasures from around the globe. These bits and pieces of international cultural diversity became woven into the European fabric of life.


However, when Mexico was discovered, its lands were so precious and its offerings so prolific, that rather than bring the vast riches to Europe, Hernan Cortés colonized it as New Spain. In the process of colonizing and “converting” the native people in Mexico, the Spanish gathered the country’s finest artisans and taught them to recreate, design and produce religious objects and home furnishings that were distinctly and purely Spanish. The natives were accurate in their reproductions, but their dedication and allegiance to their own heritage touched each and every piece. With those imitations in mind, the native craftsmen began to fashion furniture and art using both the Spanish ideas and their own unique style. This unusual blend of indigenous craftsmanship and pure Spanish influence has melded together over time to create what we know in the Southwest as the hybrid style of “Mexican-Spanish Colonial.”


But the trend goes deeper still. The purest form of Spanish Colonial craftsmanship is most certainly found in museum quality pieces, the real antique. These are the furnishings and accessories that belonged to the viceroys. The Spanish crown moved from Spain to Mexico to Central America and then to South America and all of the possessions accumulated along way are absolutely considered Spanish Colonial. Mexico then colonized in the Philippines and items from there fall under the same umbrella. So if you’re looking for strictly Mexican, you’ll have to look solely at the indigenous creations.


Mexican-Spanish Colonial works encompass so many styles and are influenced by so many places they can’t help but be versatile and eclectic. Looking at the current fashion of interiors, it would seem this unique style has an undeniably universal appeal. It seems the only constant is diversity.

(It’s easier than ever to buy furniture and accessories in Mexico and have them shipped to the U.S. – If you do a little research, you can find plenty of extremely well priced wholesalers in Tlaquepaque and Guadalajara that sell directly to the public. It’s worth a trip down to take a look.)

 

Disclosure: I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Community Manager for the México Today Program. All stories, opinions and passion for all things México shared here are completely my own. Mexico Today is a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and an unrivaled tourist destination

The Huichols of Nayarit

By David Simmonds

One of my favorite states in Mexico is Nayarit. They have the perfect mix of the Sierra Madres and a beautiful coastline, featuring San Blas, Chacala, and the ever-popular Sayulita. But it may be the Huichols that make the state so intriguing.

While many of the native peoples of the Western hemisphere have been assimilated into the mainstream of the modern world, the native Huichols have been able to maintain their traditional language, mores and spiritual ways for centuries…although they, and we, are now in danger of losing a pristine culture that has much to teach the world about the reciprocal relationship people can have with the planet.

The number of Huichols, who are some of the last remaining descendants of the Aztecs, is estimated at around 7,000. The rugged and remote terrain of the mountainous Huichol homeland, as well as the fact that the Huichols had little to plunder, helped these people escape the pillage of the Spanish conquistadors (and in fact, this is the only group in Mexico spared by the Iberian conquest). The Huichol Indians today live in small communities high in the Western Sierra Madre in the state of Nayarit.

The Huichols call themselves Wixalika, meaning “prophets” or “healers,” and they are proud of their freedom and purity of race. The Huichols are a refreshing reminder of a world past in which entire communities worked together as caretakers of the planet. Many of their ways could exemplify the techniques that could be used by more modern cultures to come to terms with ecological balance.

The primary focus of their belief system is the ritual ingestion of the hallucinogenic peyote cactus. (It is used, of course, as an integral part of their religious ceremonies, and is never used recreationally…a more modern cultural phenomenon.) The Shaman priest or sorcerer of the tribe, called the Marakame, accompanies members of the tribe on several spiritual journeys each year to the Wirikuta Desert, a six-hundred mile round-trip journey on foot, in search of this cactus. When the plant is finally found, it is ceremonially shot with an arrow, a means of sacrificing the Deer God (or Venado) inside the cactus. When the drug is eaten the voyager goes into a ritual dream in search of a pantheon of 90 deities, mostly female, and this becomes the basis for a translation to other member of the tribe of the symbolic meaning of the induced visions.

The Christian missionaries arrived in the 17th century and introduced to the Huichols the glass beads made in Europe. The Huichol Indians immediately incorporated these objects into their intricate beaded devotional art in the form of beaded masks, prayer bowls, and beaded yarn paintings, art forms that continue to the present day. While all Huichol art is seen as a spiritual manifestation of the induced peyote experience, they see no conflict in offering it for sale.

While most Huichols support themselves through hunting and agriculture, there are several families, numbering perhaps 15 or 20, who devote themselves to the creation of beaded and yarn art. The artist applies a thin layer of soft beeswax to a wood sculpture or a gourd. With a fine pointed wood stick, he picks up one glass bead at a time and sets it into the wax, pressing in the bead with his finger. He starts from the outside of the piece and painstakingly works toward the center in a representation of one of his intense spiritual visions.

In some areas of the Huichol homeland the traditions remain strong, but in others the influence of the modern “conquistadores” is being felt. With the building of roads and airstrips and greater exposure to the ways of the modern world, social ills such as alcoholism, disease, cultural alienation, and suicide have had a negative impact on the Huichols.

The Huichols do not necessarily have to make the journey to complete assimilation, and, in effect, extinction. The knowledge of the Wixalika is much too valuable for the world to lose. In a sense it is perhaps our duty to find ways to allow the Huichols to enter the 21st century without compromising the spirit of these people.

Disclosure:  I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Contributor for the México Today Program.  All stories, opinions and passion for all things México shared here are completely my own. Mexico Today is a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and an unrivaled tourist destination.

 

A Leaky Ship Sinks An Empire

From our friend and guest blogger Greg Custer, founder of Destination Ventures and the Magic of Mexico, and someone who has truly revolutionized e-learning and the way travel agents learn about Mexico.

The next time you look seaward from your Cancun or Puerto Morelos resort, scan the Caribbean horizon and imagine a small flotilla of 16th century Spanish ships heading south to north (that’s right to left for the directionally challenged). Suddenly the ships stop, reverse course and disappear to the south.  At the helm of these ships is none other than Hernán Cortés. It is January of 1519 and the great Conquistador has usurped control of an expedition to the American mainland. Departing from Cuba with 500 men, 16 horses, an insatiable lust for gold, and conviction to save heathen souls, his first stop is Cozumel.

The Cortés expedition is scattered by a storm at sea but arrives at Cozumel, scaring the daylights out of the Maya inhabitants. He attempts a form of crude communication with the local chief, but without an interpreter the exchange is meaningless. Learning little, the Spaniards leave Cozumel and sail north towards Isla Mujeres , only to be stopped south of what is today Cancun by a leaking ship in need of repair.  The epic journey that would forever change the world then does an about face and returns to Cozumel, laying anchor along the very beaches used today for Corona beer commercials (really!).

Ship repaired and the Indians utterly terrified by a beachfront exhibition of Spanish horses, steel, cannon and armor, the Spaniards were about to depart Cozumel for a second time when a lone canoe appeared on the horizon, crossing from the mainland at what is today Playacar. Cortés sends a small band up the beach with swords drawn.  As they approach, a man rises from the canoe and asks “Are you Christian brothers?” On the canoe is a man who would become perhaps the most valued member in Cortés’ epic journey and the devastation of the America’s most powerful civilization.

His name was Geronimo de Aguilar, a Spanish priest and shipwreck survivor. He had endured eight years as a Mayan slave after his 1511 trip from Panama to Santo Domingo was blown off course and the ship scuttled off the coast of Jamaica. A desperate band of surviving Spaniards departed the Jamaican coast, only to be again marooned along Mexico’s Caribbean shore.

The battered foreigners were quickly captured by Mayan tribes, some of them immediately stripped, roasted alive and eaten. Others (including Aguilar and a companion Guillermo Guerrero) were caged for fattening, but manage to escape and spend the next eight years in and out of capture. Along the way, they learn to speak Mayan. Guerrero marries, has children, launches the Mestizo race, and goes native. Aguilar was anxious to return to his Spanish brethren. Hearing of the strange flotilla’s arrival on nearby Cozumel, he darted across the channel, surprising Cortes.

During the next two years Aguilar will never leave Cortes’ side. He becomes the indispensable translator between Cortés and Mayan chiefs. The expedition continues by circumventing the Peninsula and cruising up the Mexican Gulf coast. When weeks later a woman given to Cortes proves fluent in both Mayan and Nahuatl (the language of Central Mexico, the Aztecs and their vassal tribes) Cortés has the linguistic effervescence to understand, prod and manipulate mainland Mexico’s political realities.

Had Cortes’ ships not returned to Cozumel for repairs, and the Cortés – Aguilar-Malinche linguistic link broken, the great Conquistador’s utter destruction of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic civilization would have faced insurmountable communication challenges and Cortés deprived of his greatest tactical advantage.

Had Cortés failed, we can only wonder if Mexico’s indigenous people might have avoided, or at least delayed, European domination, disease, and devastation. Given the Aztec’s near absolute power and prosperity, Mexico might have avoided 300 years of Spanish enslavement, and the Aztecs might have endured, to become the America’s dominant civilization.

 

Mazatlán Cultural Festival Shines Spotlight On The Arts

Three-Month Festival Invites Travelers On Authentic Cultural Journey Amid Historic Venues

MAZATLÁN, Mexico (Oct. 17, 2011) – Rich heritage takes center stage during the Mazatlán Cultural Festival, kicking off the fall travel season October 20 – December 17, 2011.

This vibrant celebration of the arts features 44 days of performances showcasing more than 1,700 artists from around the world. A full schedule of activities ranges from opera, ballet, folkloric and contemporary dance to film, concerts, art exhibits, poetry, children’s theater and more. Staged in unique venues throughout the destination’s charming historic district, many highlights of this year’s festival program are free of cost to attendees.

“Mazatlán is proud to celebrate our diverse blend of local arts and rich heritage,” says Carlos Berdegué, vice president of the Mazatlán Hotel Association. “Amid the color and spectacle of this year’s Cultural Festival, visitors and residents are immersed in the vibrant spirit and renowned hospitality of our beautiful city. We are eager to welcome travelers during this three-month festival, which we expect will be better than ever.”

Resonating with the destination’s picturesque coastal backdrop, the central motif of water elements is woven throughout the 2011 Mazatlán Cultural Festival program. The city, affectionately known as “The Pearl of the Pacific,” is located along sixteen miles of golden-sand beaches on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

The Cultural Festival opens on October 20, featuring a Taiwanese group of percussionists in the performance Sound of the Ocean, staged at the landmark Teatro Angela Peralta (Angela Peralta Theater). Located in the heart of Old Mazatlán, this 19th-century landmark has been lovingly restored to its original grandeur by the city and its residents. With its fanciful neo-classical architecture and modern comforts, the Angela Peralta treats audiences to all kinds of performances throughout the festival. New for 2011, Angela Peralta hosts vibrant orchestral performances by the Sinaloa Symphonic Orchestra of the Arts as part of the Mazatlan Cultural Festival.

Arts aficionados applaud highlights like these below. For a full 2011 Mazatlán Cultural Festival program, visit www.gomazatlan.com.

 

October 28                  Tribute to Fernando Valadés Lejarza – Members of the prestigious Colegio de Sinaloa celebrate the famed Mazatlecan singer, songwriter and poet whose support of cultural arts and cinema left a powerful legacy. The tribute also commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the college’s academic founding as a visionary center for science, culture, arts and research.

Location: Casa Antonio Haas historic home, Old Mazatlán – 7:00pm

 

November 1                Day of the Dead Callejoneada Street Stroll – Discover how this centuries-old tradition is celebrated in Mazatlán during visits to “Altars of the Dead” on display at heritage sites, museums and art galleries throughout the lively Historic District. The walking procession follows “La Muerte” amid costumed dancers, acrobats and musicians led by a donkey-pulled cart, ending at the park-lined Plaza Machado in the heart of Colonial town.

Location: Historic Old Mazatlán

November 6                Ballet Folklorico – This performance from the Institute of Culture, Tourism and Art of Mazatlán recounts Mazatlán’s origins and history through vibrant costumes and artistic movement accompanied by live musical performers. Trace the path of the destination’s Colonial era and the grandeur of its golden age to the revitalization and rich culture of modern-day Mazatlán.

Location: Angela Peralta Theater, Old Mazatlán – 6:00 pm

 

November 13              Gordon Campbell and OSSLA in Master Concert – A major highlight of the Mazatlán Cultural Festival, this musical concert features the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra of the Arts directed under the baton of acclaimed maestro Gordon Campbell.

Location: Angela Peralta Theater, Old Mazatlán – 6:00 pm

November 15              A Taste of Mexico´s Classic Music with Oscar Gómez – National opera star Oscar Gómez celebrates his return to the stage after an 11-year hiatus during this performance of Italian opera classics and traditional mariachi music. Joining Gómez are regional and local musicians from the Traditional Ensemble of the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra of the Arts, the Ballet Folklórico directed by Javier Arcadia, and soloists from the Escuela Superior de Canto.

Location: Angela Peralta Theater, Old Mazatlán – 8:00 pm

December 8                Paté de Fuá in Concert – This nationally renowned group of Mexican and Argentinian musicians host a live, open-air concert in Mazatlán’s picturesque Plaza Machado in the heart of the historic district. Fusing alternative rhythms with a repertoire that ranges from accordion, banjo and horns to guitars and double bass, this live performance is sure to keep music fans moving.

Location: Plaza Machado, Old Mazatlán – 8:00 pm

 

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 440,000 inhabitants. The city is divided into two main areas: Old Mazatlán or Historic District 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, Plazuela Machado, Sea Shell Museum, Mazatlán Aquarium, The Cathedral 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 www.GoMazatlan.com.

Med to Go International – Paving the Way for Mexico’s Successful Medical Tourism Industry

By: Lisa Coleman

According to recent statistics, over 59 million Americans do not have health insurance.  That said, there is obviously a tremendous need for affordable alternatives for those requiring either minor or major surgery.  Despite Mexico’s ongoing struggles, there are a few areas where the country is feeling a positive impact. Foreign investments are booming and now “Medical Tourism” is taking hold and bringing in a new type of visitor and potentially millions of dollars to the economy. With the ease and affordability of traveling south of the border, along with state-of-the-art facilities, current technology, US trained (English speaking) doctors and surgeons, and virtually no wait times, Mexico is quickly becoming a leader in this fast-growing industry.

A forecast by Deloitte Consulting projected that medical tourism originating in the US could jump by a factor of ten over the next decade. The growth in medical tourism has the potential to cost US health care providers billions of dollars in lost revenue and bring those huge dollars into a host of other countries including Mexico.
Leading the way is a revolutionary company called MedToGo International. I first met the founders ten years ago in Acapulco. Dr. Robert H. Page, Dr. Curtis Page and Robert Page Jr. are an impressive family of over achievers who were, at the time, publishing a book called Mexico: Health and Safety Travel Guide

They spent two years in 50 Mexican cities researching doctors and hospitals suitable for tourists. The end result: the ultimate guide for any tourist (or ex-pat) looking for an English-speaking doctor with excellent credentials (or an accredited hospital) almost anywhere in the country. This book on its own is an extraordinary product.

Over the years, the connections they made and the contacts they had began to take another turn. And, like most successful entrepreneurs, the Page family simply connected the dots. Today they are the only medical tourism company owned and operated by U.S. physicians. They have elevated MedToGo International© (MTGI) into the most trusted and credible healthcare referral service in North America, and offer patients surgical savings of up to 80% of what they would pay in the states. (A knee replacement for a registered MTGI© patient, including six days of physical therapy, costs about one-fourth of what it would be in the United States.)

They have conducted personal interviews and certification background checks on more than 700 physicians and have inspected over 80 private hospitals abroad. Only the top 10%, or those meeting the strictest health standards, parallel to that found in the U.S. are selected. As a result, MTGI© clients can feel assured that they will be working with the finest physicians and institutions outside the United States. In Mexico, their surgical partners are located in Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Leon, Hermosillo, Merida, and Tijuana.

The major areas of elective and specialized surgical offerings include:

* Orthopedic Surgery: Total knee or hip replacement; ACL, tendon or meniscal repair; spinal surgery; shoulder surgery
* Kidney Transplant: Live kidney donor already identified and pre-qualified
* Cardiovascular Surgery
* Weight Loss/Obesity Surgery: Lap Band, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, Metabolic Gastric Bypass
* General Surgery: Hernia Repair, Gallbladder, Nissen Fundoplication
* Gynecological Surgery: Laparoscopic or Vaginal Hysterectomy
* Dental Surgery: Full mouth Restoration
* Plastic Surgery: Breast Reduction, Liposuction, Post-bariatric Plastic Surgery

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc95flB0wh4

Their website (www.medtogo.com) is filled with all the information you need to explore the possibilities.  I asked if I could go through the process as if I was a patient, and they sent me the entire step-by-step. I am a stickler for detail, and I can tell you honestly, they don’t miss a thing. From the moment you submit your information for a quote, there is no stone unturned. From an “education sequence” of emails, to complete travel arrangements and assignment of your own English -speaking “Medical Liaison” who will be with you every step of the way in Mexico, they do this right. This is as professional and thorough as it gets.

Per their website:

“Once a patient is registered with MTGI© for a surgery, rigorous medical procedures are followed. Beginning in the patient’s hometown, pre-and post-surgery protocols are established with the patient’s physician/specialist to ensure the patient’s surgical readiness and long-term success. Depending on the type of surgery performed, accommodations are made regarding length of stay and follow-up medical care required back home, once the patient is released.

MTGI© also provides a team of U.S. physicians and coordinators who oversee a patient’s care and serve as their advocate while they are abroad. Safety and peace of mind are a top priority. MTGI© is the patient’s medical and travel referral source before they leave, while they are abroad and once they have returned home. Each patient is provided an English-speaking Medical Liaison to attend to them throughout their stay abroad. The designated Medical Liaison is available to facilitate communication, coordinate day-to-day schedule, and provide information.”

Medical tourism is quickly becoming a safe, affordable option for thousands of patients, and Mexico is stepping onto the world stage as a contender. With MedToGo leading the charge, Mexico might just come out the winner.
Below are the bios of the owners:

Robert H. Page M.D.
Dr. Robert Page is an Arizona native who was raised in Douglas, near the Mexican border. He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in 1971. While studying in Guadalajara, Dr. Page co-founded the Tlaquepaque Free Medical Clinic. He completed his Family Practice residency at the University of Arizona in 1978. He served as Chief of Staff at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital from 1991 to 1993 and was an Arizona delegate to the American Medical Association from 1993 to 2001. He is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), and is owner of a bilingual medical practice in Tempe, AZ, with a staff of five physicians and 22 assistants.

Curtis P. Page M.D.
Dr. Curtis Page graduated from Harvard Medical School in Boston Massachusetts from 1996. He later completed 2 years of a General Surgery residency at Emory University in Atlanta from 1996-1998 and later a Family Practice residency in Brooklyn, NY at the Lutheran Medical Center from 1998-2000. While in medical school, he did volunteer work in the Dominican Republic and with elderly Spanish-speaking patients at Alianza Espana in Boston. Dr. Page is also a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and a private family practitioner in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Page has completed many years of scientific research and is published in several leading scientific journals.

Robert R. Page
Robert earned his BA in Developmental Economics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1996. He has conducted economic research in Argentina, Mexico and the US and completed further studies in Brazil and Germany. Fluent in Spanish and English, he also speaks German and Portuguese. Robert has been the project’s field researcher, spending more than three years pre-screening physicians and medical facilities throughout Mexico. Robert currently divides his time between the United States and Mexico, where he works with Mexican physicians and hospital administration on patient-care protocol.

 

Disclosure: I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Community Manager for the México Today Program. All stories, opinions and passion for all things México shared here are completely my own. Mexico Today is a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and an unrivaled tourist destination