RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO, January 31st, 2012 – Love is the most grandiose emotion of all. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Fairmont Mayakoba unveils its latest luxe offering, a sumptuous LOUIS XIII® tasting menu, the world’s most esteemed spirit from the House of Remy Martin®.

Lovebirds staying at the exclusive AAA Five Diamond resort in the Riviera Maya will have the privilege to join the likes of famous celebrities and personalities whom have indulged in the extravagance of the legendary spirit, considered by the elite as the King of Cognacs.

The opulent four course menu is accompanied with the most exclusive wines and some courses are even carefully prepared with the prestigious spirit. For the grand finale, couples will celebrate their love with a glass of LOUIS XIII® Grande Champagne Cognac.

Served at El Puerto restaurant the extravagant menu is offered at $350 usd per person and must be reserved 48 hours in advance. For additional information, please contact your travel professional, contact the hotel directly at 01 800 540 6088 or visit Fairmont.com/mayakoba

New “Sunsets & Chardonnay” Offering at Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa Features Hors d’oeuvres Prepared on Your Guestroom Patio

Cozumel, Mexico, January 19, 2012 –(PR.com)– After a long day of snorkeling and sunbathing on the private, white sandy beach of Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa, guests can retreat to the privacy of their guestrooms for “Sunsets & Chardonnay.”

Relax and enjoy a beautiful Caribbean sunset from the privacy of your guestroom patio – each with its own hammock – while sipping a glass of chardonnay and watching a member of the resort’s culinary team prepare fresh, tableside guacamole.
Served with homemade corn tortilla squares, the guacamole is made-to-order with fresh avocado, jalapenos, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime, ground chiles and a selection of other ingredients and prepared in a traditional mortar and pestle.

Paired with the tableside guacamole, guests can select either a crisp bottle of red or white wine or an iced bucket of cerveza to enjoy with the tasty, homemade guacamole while watching the sun set over the Caribbean. “It is a great way to decompress after a day of beach activities and before getting ready for dinner,” said Executive Chef Daniel Lentz.
“Sunsets & Chardonnay” is offered daily at 6:30 p.m. through in-room dining. Pricing starts at $24.99 excluding applicable service charge.
For reservations, call toll free from the USA (800) 327-0200 or visit www.InterContinentalCozumel.com.


In Celebration of International Women’s Day Conference on Transforming Women’s Lives: We Move Forward 2012

ISLA MUJERES, MEXICO – On March 8, 9, & 10, marking both International Women’s Day and the end of the old Mayan calendar, Mexico’s Isla Mujeres will host the 3-day We Move Forward 2012 Women’s Conference. Mayans
believe that 2012 is an auspicious time to move forward, to evolve, to grow. We Move Forward 2012 is a transformational event that brings together internationally renowned speakers; organizational and personal facilitators; and mind, body, fitness, and meditation experts who will offer participants opportunities to shed what no longer serves them and inspiration to move forward into the next chapter of their lives.

We Move Forward 2012 is an event for women of all ages and backgrounds to come together, listen to and be inspired by the stories of women who have struggled and made it through. Through practical workshops, breakout sessions, and under the guidance of professionally trained facilitators, participants will recognize impediments in their own lives, get clarity on their dreams and potential, and be encouraged to allow themselves to take the time to clear the way for new growth so they can move forward in a desired direction with a renewed sense of hope – What will my next chapter look like? What do I want more of? What will my new beginning look like? What do I need to do to get there?

At the very same time the old Mayan calendar ends its 5,125-year cycle a new one begins. This conference is about acknowledging and honoring endings while moving forward to create sustainable new beginnings. Participants will have an opportunity to immerse in Mayan and Mexican culture, connect and create community with women from around the world, take part in activities and interactive workshops designed to shape and clarify their values, visions, and voices. We Move Forward 2012 will give them insights and tools to help them discover their potential and facilitate forward movement in their lives.

We Move Forward 2012 begins on International Women’s Day. Isla Mujeres – Spanish for Island of Women – is home to the Temple of Ix Chel, the Mayan Goddess of women fertility, healing, and abundance. Known for its white sand and calm beaches on one side, roiling ocean and volcanic rock coastline on the other, and easy access from Cancun, Isla Mujeres is the ideal place to host a celebration
of the feminine, moving forward in one’s life, and rejuvenation of the spirit.

Speakers include:
– Bal Arneson, Cooking Channel (USA) and Food Network (Canada) Spice Goddess and author of
“Everyday Indian” cookbook, will trace the extraordinary arc of her life drawing out pertinent lessons for
the audience and tell her own story so that others might see themselves in it. Escaping village life in rural
India where girls were only raised to serve their husbands, Arneson made her way to star in her own
internationally broadcast cooking show. Knowing education was the key to freedom, Arneson set out on a
remarkable journey spanning continents and decades, landing in North America where she earned her BA
and MA in Education, convinced a publisher to produce her cookbook, and talked her way into bigger
and better TV deals.
– Melissa Fung, author and international correspondent for CBC TV, will speak about her work in
Afghanistan, being kidnapped, held prisoner in a hole for 28 days, and how she decided to tell the hardest
part of her story – being assaulted by one of her captors – rather than hide it. Her message is about
courage, fortitude, the preciousness of freedom, and to remind people about the women left behind in
Afghanistan who suffer abuse and an unfair justice system that puts women at fault if they try to escape
violence at the hands of their husbands.
– Wendy Crewson, the widely acclaimed and multiple award-winning actress will speak about her
passion for acting, share her experiences in moving her dreams forward to become one of Canada’s
premier film stars. Playing opposite Harrison Ford in “Air Force One”, Tom Selleck in “Twelve Mile
Road”, and Tim Allen in “The Santa Clause Story”, Crewson has also acted alongside actors Helen
Mirren, Robert Redford, Sofia Loren, Sidney Poitier, Jennifer Hudson, Robin Williams, and Terrance
Howard and others in a variety of films. Her leading role in “At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez
Story” – a British Columbian woman diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as
Lou Gehrig’s disease) who fought for the legal right to assisted suicide – and involvement with the ALS
Society won her a Canadian Gemini Award.
– Lorna Tychostup, independent journalist, photographer, and senior editor of Chronogram magazine,
will introduce a film documenting her work in Iraq from her first trip there in the weeks before the
bombing began to her recent return from Baghdad where she lived and worked for almost a year and a
half. The film captures the story of a woman who sees overcomes enormous boundaries to create the life
she wants, which includes creating a News section in a regional publication that catapults the publication
into the national and international arena, finding her way as an independent journalist to Iraq in the days
before the war, returning regularly to keep her thumb on the pulse of Iraqi life that goes unreported in
mainstream media, getting her MS after her children graduate from college, and continuing to work in
Iraq against all odds. The film is inspirational and non-political. It is about dreams and hope, fortitude of
spirit and will hopefully energize and encourage women (and men) to follow their dreams.
For further info please contact:
Janeen Halliwell
MX cell: +011 52 1998100218
Email: janeen@roi-mexico.com
Web: www.wemoveforward2012.com

Excellence Group Enhances its Luxury All-Inclusive Offering

–      The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres, rebranded to incorporate All-inclusive, five-star service.

–      Excellence Resorts in Rivera Maya and Punta Cana receive more than $7 million dollars in rdenovations and improvements

Cancun, Quintana Roo, January 17th, 2012.- Excellence Group, the luxury hotel group known worldwide for managing five-star resorts in the Caribbean, is repositioning its portfolio with a new brand structure that will allow the company to compete more effectively in the hospitality industry. The move reaffirms the group’s commitment to provide the highest levels of excellence in quality and services.

As part of this new structure, Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is now the umbrella brand for the company’s product lines: Excellence Resorts and Beloved Hotels. This new brand architecture will allow the company to define a vacation experience that is tailored to customer preferences, as well as to the attributes of each product line.

For the launch of Beloved Hotels, the group has selected one of its most renowned five-star resorts. La Amada Hotel, in Playa Mujeres – Cancun, has become the first hotel under the banner of this new and exclusive offer; a brand that now combines the luxury and comfort of a boutique hotel style with the convenience of all-inclusive service for the joy of guests, whether couples or families.

According to Ignacio Fernandez, vice president of sales and marketing for Excellence Group, “The goal of this restructuring is to meet the needs and demands of our clientele. Our mission is to always be attentive to satisfy our guests and to continuously surpass the highest standards of quality. We’re dedicated to offering an unforgettable experience of sophistication and pleasure in each of our properties.”

Along with this rebranding, in order to keep improving their high standards, an important investment in the Excellence Resorts operated by the group in Riviera Maya and Punta Cana has been completed.

At gorgeous Excellence Punta Cana, the hotel group invested over five million dollars. Improved facilities include:

–   Renewal of the Excellence Club rooms; aimed at guests who look for comfort and sophistication, as well as privacy and preferential treatment. In this exclusive area, guests can enjoy in-room premium liquors and amenities, a private lounge, and preferred locations that make guests feel they have arrived in an earthly Eden.

–   A renewed Spa with a new hydrotherapy circuit, a spacious and comfortable space that offers showers sensations, massage pool stations and saunas, among others.

–   The renewal of all the Honeymoon Suites, now featuring new private large outdoor decks with hydro spa pools.

–   Two new, 1,000 sq.ft. in size, Excellence Club Ocean View Honeymoon Suites, offering a large private furnished terrace with an additional exterior hydro spa pool and spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. Located on VIP Club floor with all the superior amenities for the Excellence Club.

–   Two new, 1,800 sq.ft. in size, Excellence Club Ocean Front Honeymoon Suites with Rooftop, with lavish private furnished two-story rooftop terrace, equipped with hydro spa pool and impressive ocean front views. Located on VIP Club floor with all the superior amenities for the Excellence Club.

Over two million dollars were also invested in the renowned Excellence Riviera Cancun, investment dedicated to:

–   Seven new Excellence Club Ocean Front Two-Story Rooftop Terrace Suites, with breathtaking ocean front views, equipped with hydro spa pools on a private furnished Rooftop Terrace of 390 sq.ft. in size.

–   One new Excellence Club Ocean Front Honeymoon Suite with Rooftop, with lavish private furnished two-story rooftop terrace equipped with hydro spa pool and impressive ocean front views. At this Suite you will find a separate couples massage room, a separate living room area, a bedroom and an additional Jacuzzi on one of the two balconies.

–   Upgrades also included the expansion of the Gym. The 1,900 square feet facility offers state-of-the art equipment plus a Fitness Trail with a scenic route, for guests who wish to jog or walk while enjoying Cancun’s incomparable tropical scenery.

Other additions to the new amenities and products being introduced by Excellence Group in 2012, are the opening of Las Olas Restaurant, located on the beach, in both Excellence Riviera Cancun and Excellence Playa Mujeres resorts; as well as the inclusion of a complimentary “Marine Wellness” spa treatment for guests staying at Excellence Club Suites.

Excellence Group properties are recognized within the industry for their quality and exceptional service. The group’s hotels and resorts have garnered prestigious awards, including the Gold List from Conde Nast Magazine; Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards; TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, and many others from International Wholesalers.

President Felipe Calderón Meets with OECD Secretary General José Ángel Gurría

Los Pinos, 11 January 2012

Mexican President Felipe Calderón met yesterday with Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development José Ángel Gurría at the official Los Pinos residence.

During the meeting, the president and Secretary General Gurría discussed the global economic situation and shared their concern over the lack of swifter, more decisive actions in various parts of the world to reduce the uncertainty and volatility of international markets and to establish forceful measures to restore growth and jobs.

Secretary General José Ángel Gurría highlighted the importance of the collaboration between the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Mexican public sector in order to promote Mexico’s economic, social and sustainable development. Within this framework, he mentioned the organization’s support of the structural reforms promoted by President Calderón’s government in regard to competition, deregulation and the business environment, educational reform and the fight against corruption, among other aspects.

Secretary General Gurría gave President Calderón a document entitled “OECD Perspectives Mexico,” a review of Mexico’s advancements and challenges in various areas of public policies crucial to economic development. This document was drawn up with the participation of the president’s offices. It was also agreed to continue the collaboration agenda between Mexico and the OECD, including the production of various studies such as a state index on the rule of law and security.

The Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development highlighted the leadership Mexico will exercise when it chairs the G-20 this year, which will see major challenges in regard to the economy, society and global governance. He also hailed Mexico’s valuable work in placing the green growth agenda on the international agenda.

President Calderón concluded by thanking the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for its support and trusted that the contributions of this international organization will continue to be important and timely for Mexico.

President Calderón was accompanied by Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lourdes Aranda.

Presidential Promotions in 2012 in Puerto Vallarta

Receive 50% Discount or Complimentary Presidential Suite Upgrade At Casa Velas Boutique Hotel & Ocean Club

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (January 6, 2012) — In honor of the 2012 US Presidential Election this fall, hotel guests can reap the benefits of candidates all year with presidential suite promotions at Casa Velas, an adults-only boutique hotel and ocean club in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Available now through December 22nd, groups of up to four people can take advantage of 50% off the Presidential Suite, while up to six traveling together will receive a complimentary Presidential Suite upgrade.

At over 5,550 square feet, the four-bedroom Presidential Suite features original artwork by Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante, a spacious private terrace with a 376 sq. ft. plunge pool, expansive living and dining areas, full bar, formal dining table for 10, Italian marble bathrooms and more. All-inclusive features also include gourmet a la carte dining at the hotel’s Emiliano restaurant and Private Ocean Club as well as sister property, nearby Velas Vallarta’s La Ribera Steakhouse and Andrea restaurants; premium international liquors; mini bar in suite, replenished daily; and 24-hour in-suite room-service.  The use of all facilities at both Casa Velas and Velas Vallarta, in addition to shuttle service, and all taxes and gratuities are also included.

The Presidential Suite Upgrade, available with reservations up to six people staying in a Grand Class Plus Suite or higher, starts at $320 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.  Applying the 50% discount promotion, the Presidential Suite is $1,400USD per night with a maximum occupancy of 4 people.  Additional persons are $260USD per night. The Casa Velas Presidential Suite promotions are available now through December 22nd.  The Presidential Suite sleeps a maximum of eight guests.  Upgrades are based on availability. For more information or reservations, please call 1-888-296-9010 or visit www.hotelcasavelas.com.

About Casa Velas:
Casa Velas, a boutique hotel and ocean club nestled on the greens of Marina Vallarta’s 18-hole golf course, is a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World and a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award.  Located just five minutes from Puerto Vallarta Airport and only 15 from the popular downtown area, art galleries and “El Malecon” (the boardwalk), the hotel features 80 suites, some with private pools and Jacuzzis.  The recently remodeled Spa Casa Velas, a Leading Spa of the World, encompasses five treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy area, a garden-view fitness center equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, and a beauty salon.  Emiliano a la carte fine dining restaurant is at the hands of one of the area’s leading chefs serving Mexican and international cuisine.  Casa Velas was chosen a Top 10 in three categories – Luxury, Relaxation/Spa and Hotel for Romance – by TripAdvisor® in its 2011 Travelers’ Choice® awards, and Expedia® named Casa Velas among the top-ranked hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list which formally recognizes the best hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value.