Stats Say Americans Find More Danger at Home than in Mexico

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Americans are less likely to face violence on average in Mexico than at home. According to a recent article by Lonely Planet travel writer, Robert Reid,  US statistical evidence shows that Americans are less likely to face violence on average in Mexico than at home, particularly when you zero in on Mexico’s most popular travel destinations.  Read more at



Mexico Still Tops the List for Spring Break

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Living in Arizona, Mexico has always been the destination of choice for Spring Break. It’s good to see things are still going strong. Mexico has retained its position as a top Spring Break location for American students, as well as students from around the world. This year alone, 600,000 tourists visited Mexico, according to Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism. This year alone, 600,000 tourists visited Mexico, according to Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism. 382,376 Americans traveled to Mexico during the recent Spring Break period of 2012. The most popular Mexican destinations for Spring Break travel this year were Cancun and Riviera Maya.

Tourism on the Agenda

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The T20 meeting was held on May 15 and 16 in Merida, Yucatan.  At the forum, the Ministers of Tourism from the 20 most developed economies in the world discussed the topic of “Tourism: an Opportunity to Generate Jobs”.

This meeting was a lead up to the G20 Leaders Summit which will take place in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, on June 18 and 19. The objective of the T20 meeting is to devise proposals on how to better harness the tourism industry to fuel job creation.

Taste of Playa announces date for its 4th annual event to be held on November 18, 2012 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico – May 28th, 2012 –Taste of Playa, 2012 is proud to announce its fourth annual culinary event for Sunday November 18, 2012.  Taste of Playa, a premier international event, will be held at Parque Fundadores, between “La Quinta Avenida” and the beach in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Taste of Playa offers locals and visitors a unique opportunity to explore a wide variety of contemporary and traditional Mexican cuisine samples, created within the region.  Distinctive restaurants from Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya will prepare and present their gastronomic tastes.

“We are thrilled to have the support and commitment from many of our 2011 participants and corporate sponsors.” – Stated Tracy Redwood, This year’s marketing committee Co-Chair.

“Diamonds International is very proud to have been the ‘Title Sponsor for Taste of Playa 2011’- the event was truly amazing! The organization was excellent, the weather perfect and the food was the best – It was a great opportunity for Diamonds International and we look forward to Taste of Playa 2012” Said Lilia Gordian, Marketing Manager of Diamonds International.

Originally launched in 2009, Taste of Playa has gone from 25 restaurants and beverage providers, to over 40. Taste of Playa’s increasing popularity is expected to draw over 7,500 visitors in 2012.

Taste of Playa is organized by a Committee consisting of eight (8) local business owners in Playa del Carmen.  The committee’s goal for Taste of Playa is to help develop and sustain community programs that will have a positive effect on the residents of Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.

Taste of Playa is a community-oriented culinary event that is open to the public and relies on partners and sponsors for financial support.  Online sales of Taste of Playa ‘pesos’ and VIP passes start on July the 15th through the event website; and Taste of Playa ‘pesos’ can be purchased on the day of the event, which runs from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more information, please visit: playa


Mexican Jockey Could Make Horse Racing History

By: Lisa Coleman

It’s no secret that I’m a big horse racing fan. My father starting taking me to the track when I was 12 years old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve been to the Kentucky Derby 22 of the last 25 years and it’s always an incredible thrill. On June 9th, a 25-year-old Mexican jockey named Mario Gutierrez (from Veracruz) and his mount,  I’ll Have Another,  are headed to the 144th Belmont Stakes bidding for the first Triple Crown since 1978 when Affirmed won thoroughbred racing’s biggest prize.

Gutierrez was riding in Mexico City when he was spotted by Terry Jordan, a Hastings Racecourse trainer who had gone to the track while on vacation. And the rest, as they say, is history. A virtual unknown a few months ago, Mario guided I’ll Have Another to Kentucky Derby and Preakness (read about it at ) victories and is focused on making history.
Viva Mario!
Viva Mexico!

Mexico’s Provocative Series about Drug Legalization to Make World Premiere Exclusively on Cinelatino

Series will be available on all major U.S. cable, satellite and Telco providers

The highly-provocative dramatic series from Mexico about the country’s illegal drug trade, and the first Mexican series about drug legalization, “Estado de Gracia ” (State of Grace), will make its world premiere on Monday, June 4, 2012, exclusively on Cinelatino—the nation’s leading Spanish-language movie channel.

Estado de Gracia ” is a political suspense thriller that presents a realistic portrait of the drug trafficking crisis in Mexico, shedding light on the network of money, power and corruption that fuels the ongoing drug trade.

Set in Mexico City, the fictional series centers on a local congresswoman who proposes a law to legalize drugs in an effort to dismantle the powerful drug cartels and end the narco-related violence. Facing powerful enemies, the congresswoman—played by esteemed Mexican actress Karina Gidi—watches all aspects of her life come apart after proposing this controversial legislation.

The 13-episode series portrays a sobering view of the country’s illegal drug trade and touches on sensitive issues such as corruption among politicians and police, blame, the impunity of drug traffickers, violence and drug-related killings, addiction, temptations among those in office, the role of the media, and the dangers facing non-corrupt police officers. The series also captures the human element to the story, showing the impact of drugs in the home, at the office and in school.

“We knew we had to acquire this series right away,” said Ricardo De Leon, Director of Programming for Cinelatino. “Drug violence is a reality in Mexico, and no other Mexican series has dared broach the topics of drug violence and legalization in such an honest and realistic way.”

Estado de Gracia is one of the best-written, most cutting edge series to come out of Mexico, and we’re proud to give our U.S. viewers access to it before it airs anywhere else in the world,” said James M. McNamara, Chairman of Cinelatino. “With drug legalization as one of the hot topics in the presidential elections coming up in Mexico and the U.S., ‘Estado de Gracia ‘ is a relevant, must-see series that will have everyone talking.”

The series was directed by the highly-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Carlos Bolado, who has won 21 awards at prestigious international film festivals for his work on films like Promises, a documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that was nominated for an Oscar, and Solo Dios Sabe (Only God Knows), a romantic thriller starring Diego Luna and Alice Braga that was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

The series features top quality production values and a strong cast of top Mexican talent, including Karina Gidi (Abel; Gitanas), Daniel Martinez (Ella y el Candidato; El Infierno; Como No Te Voy a Querer), Raul Mendez (Mariachi Gringo; Sultanes del Sur; Amar a Morir), Jose Carlos Rodriguez (Rudo y Cursi; Vantage Point; Asi del Precipicio), Lisa Owen (Vantage Point; Nacho Libre), Roberto Sosa (Get the Gringo; Cartas a Elena), and Dagoberto Gama ( Amores Perros; La Reina del Sur; El Infierno).

Cinelatino, which has been on air for nearly 18 years, began airing highly acclaimed series in 2009 with the launch of “Los Simuladores.” “Estado de Gracia ” is among the high-caliber series to air on the premium, commercial-free movie channel. Cinelatino is available in more than four million homes across the U.S., fully distributed on the major cable, satellite and telco providers.

The first episode of “Estado de Gracia ” will premiere on Monday, June 4, at 11 p.m. ET. New episodes will air each Monday at 11 p.m. ET.

Viewers can find more information and weekly schedules at

About  Cinelatino: Cinelatino is the leading Spanish-language premium film channel in the United States, with more than four million subscribers on major cable, satellite and telephony providers throughout North America.  Cinelatino offers the most current Spanish-language blockbusters and critically-acclaimed titles from Mexico, Latin America, Spain and the U.S. and transmits commercial-free, 24 hours a day.  Cinelatino is jointly-owned by Grupo MVS, InterMedia Partners and Panamax Films.

Mexico Reinforces Its Status As Top Destination For Weddings With Love Mexico Events In New York And Dallas

NEW YORK, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Mexico Tourism Board has brought together representatives from Mexico’s most romantic resorts and leading wedding suppliers to showcase Mexico’s world class destination wedding offering at Love Mexico events in Dallas and New York.

As destination weddings become increasingly popular, accounting for around 24 percent of US weddings each year, thanks to its year round sunshine, world class hotels and resorts and outstanding value for money Mexico continues to be the top international destination for US couples, receiving 9 percent of all destination weddings of US couples.

This year’s Love Mexico events were attended by more than 40 leading Mexican vendors, representing the premier destinations, resorts and wedding suppliers in Mexico. Over the course of the two events they engaged with more than 180 wedding planners and travel specialists through one to one meetings, presentations and seminars.

Highlights of this year’s events included a special focus on the luxury market, and an insight into the emerging gay and lesbian wedding market provided by Bernadette Coveney, President of 14 Stories and the Gay Wedding Institute. Citing a recent study by Forbes, it was estimated that gay marriages can potentially boost the overall wedding industry by $9.5 billion per year; Ms. Coveney provided helpful advice to wedding planners on how to expand their business and catering to same-sex couples.  She also pointed out that Puerto Vallarta and Cancun continue to be Mexico’s most popular destinations for gay-friendly travel.

Celebrity wedding planner and lifestyle expert Colin Cowie provided the keynote address at the New York event discussing his experience in creating the most memorable moments and a “statement of style” for wedding couples.  During an open discussion presentation, Mr. Cowie shared what inspires his work, how he creates the perfect wedding and showcased a variety of photos from weddings he planned in Mexico through his partnership with Palace Resorts to bring these stories to life.

Eduardo Chaillo, Executive Meetings Unit Director, Mexico Tourism Board said:

“We were delighted with the response to this year’s Love Mexico events; all of the vendors and buyers that I spoke to had great feedback. With its combination of natural beauty, rich culture, world class hotels and resorts and outstanding service Mexico is the ultimate destination for weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways. As the destination weddings market grows and changes Mexico will continue to develop its offering.”

Mexico offers many of the characteristics that couples are looking for including: uniqueness, variety, proximity to U.S. and overall value. Many celebrities have chosen Mexico to wed, honeymoon or even get engaged. Recently it has been reported that Kourtney Kardashian is planning to wed partner Scott Disick in Puerto Vallarta this summer after the birth of their second child, singer Leann Rimes and actor Eddie Cibrian recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary and renewed their wedding vows in Los Cabos, and Mario Lopez proposed to girlfriend Courtney Mazza in Ixtapa earlier this year and the couple plans to wed in Mexico.

For more information on weddings in Mexico, please contact