The Role of Travel and Tourism Lauded by G20 Leaders

 The G20 world leaders have, for the first time in history, recognized the critical role travel and tourism has in fuelling job growth and economic development. It also included a commitment from leaders of the G20 nations to promote initiatives which facilitate more efficient immigration procedures thus expanding tourism.

The Leaders’ Declaration G20 Leaders Summit held in Los Cabos, Mexico, states implicitly that: “we recognize the role of travel and tourism as a vehicle for job creation, economic growth, and development, and, while recognizing the sovereign right of States to control the entry of foreign nationals, we will work towards developing travel facilitation initiatives in support of job creation, quality work, poverty reduction, and global growth.”

Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Gloria Guevara said that the inclusion of tourism on the agenda of the G20 Leaders’ Summit represented an unprecedented breakthrough for the enhancement of the tourism industry globally.

Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of United Nations World Tourism Organization (WTO) referred to this as a “significant success” for the global tourism industry and he applauded the efforts undertaken by the Calderon Government in advancing the tourism industry, particularly the inclusion of tourism as an item on the agenda of the G20.

Secretary-General Rifai said, “We commend and will support the G20 leaders who have recognized the importance of travel and tourism as an engine of economic growth and job creation.”

David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council said, “Following the successful T20 (Tourism Ministers of G20 countries) last month, which was chaired by Secretary Gloria Guevara, President Felipe Calderon received a declaration on the importance of travel and tourism as a generator of jobs. He then took this declaration to the G20 meeting in Los Cabos, which was the first time that this sector has been discussed by the world’s leaders.”

Scowsill added, “World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) would like to congratulate President Calderon and Secretary Guevara for their leadership and their focus on the industry, underlining its potential to create new jobs in such difficult economic times. Mexico has been leading the world in marketing the beauty of the country, and in making changes to visa policies to encourage more inbound tourists.”

Kirk Kinsell, Director of the Board of Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) and President of the Americas, participated in the delegation to Mexico led by Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron commented that, “for the first time tourism has been discussed in a G20 Leader’s Summit. Tourism has a key role in the global economy and if we could remove certain barriers, the industry could generate at least 5.1 million additional jobs by 2015. ”

Last month the Tourism Ministers of the G20 nations and the European Union converged on the Yucatan for the 4th Meeting of Tourism Ministers (T20) and forged the “Merida Declaration” a policy proposal submitted to the G20 Leaders which suggests implementing streamlined procedures for obtaining visas so as to boost tourism internationally.

Research by UNWTO and WTTC, released at the T20 Tourism Ministers Meeting last May, indicated that the G20 group of nations could boost their international tourist numbers and generate over 5 million jobs.

Funding for Forest Protection in a New Sustainable Mexico

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Mexico has just received almost $400 million from the World Bank in the form of a loan and from the Forest Investment Program (FIP) in order to develop a stronger forest protection plan. The Forest Investment Program, part of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF), strives to combat deforestation and prevent the degradation of forests in Mexico by wildfires. The program also attempts to help developing countries reduce carbon emissions and transition to more eco-friendly foresting practices. Read more…

Cleantech Challenge Mexico Promotes Green Industry Development and Green Economy in Mexico

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In 2008, Mexico followed in the environmental footsteps of cities like Boston and London in the creation of the Cleantech Challenge Mexico (CTCM). Cleantech Challenge Mexico is a tournament of sorts that was originally initiated in Nairobi, Kenya. The competition helps bring green entrepreneurs together in order to instigate real change and environmental consciousness on issues facing our earth. Read more…

Summer Spa Package Offered at Casa Velas Boutique Hotel in Puerto Vallarta

The new Summer spa package at 80-suite Casa Velas, an all-inclusive adults-only boutique hotel and ocean club in Puerto Vallarta, features spa treatments, a guaranteed suite upgrade, 20% discount on additional spa treatments, roundtrip airport transfers, private beachside dinner, and more.

Guests will be treated to one fifty-minute massage per person, per stay, with unlimited use of the spa’s hydrotherapy areas that include pressure showers, steam room with eucalyptus inhalation, and Jacuzzi. Luxury accommodations are in a Grand Class Plus Suite, which features private immersion pool in the garden, Jacuzzi, and spacious terrace, amongst other luxury amenities. Guests will also receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival, as well as a private four-course beachside dinner.

Available now through December 22, 2012, the three-night Casa Velas Spa-Inclusive Package starts at $360 per person, per night based on double occupancy. Additional nights are $360 per person per night in double occupancy. Rate includes a la carte gourmet dining, 24-hour in-suite service, in –suite snack minibar, as well all taxes and gratuities. For reservations or more information, visit or call 1-866-529-8813.

Drake & Cavendish, the exclusive luxury travel website, recently named Casa Velas one of its ‘Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels’. Casa Velas is highlighted for offering ‘unforgettable travel experiences including romance, golf, spa, and much more’.

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.

New hotel deal at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa includes daily resort credit and a free night stay

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PRWEB) June 11, 2012

Puerto Vallarta travelers will never look at sand dollars again when they stay at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa.

The new Sand Dollar hotel deal at the Marriott Resort makes every Puerto Vallarta vacation even more enjoyable. This special includes a stay in deluxe accommodations and $50 USD daily resort credit. Additionally, guests will enjoy a fourth night for free to extend their dream Puerto Vallarta vacation.

The $50 daily “sand dollars” can be used for a variety of resort services. The CasaMagna Marriott resort features five delicious Puerto Vallarta restaurants, each serving a distinct set of culinary delight, from spicy Mexican cuisine to fresh Japanese dishes and American favorites. Guests can also relax and rejuvenate at the Ohtli Spa. The full service Ohtli Spa offers a wide range of treatments, including facials, couple’s massage, manicures/pedicures, paraffin hand treatments and more.

Of course, if guests manage to spend all of the “sand dollars” there are plenty of free activities to do at this Puerto Vallarta resort. From the stunning beaches and the indoor/outdoor pool to local attractions and on-site tennis courts, guests will have plenty of options for fun on their Puerto Vallarta vacation.

The “Sand Dollar hotel deal” can be booked now online using promotional code S29 or by calling 1-800-228-9290 . This deal is valid between now and December 31, 2012. Guests must stay four nights or longer; the free night is adjusted at checkout. Unused credit cannot be refunded. For more information about this hotel deal and the property in general, visit

About CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
The CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort features 433 newly renovated guest rooms, including 29 suites, each with a private balcony. Nestled between the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains and Mexico’s picturesque Bay of Banderas, the resort offers a variety of facilities for adults and children, including: 22,000-square-foot complete service Ohtli Spa (Puerto Vallarta’s largest resort spa); two lighted tennis courts; infinity oceanfront pool; various water sports and beach activities; multiple restaurants; and a Marriott Kids program. Guests can also stroll through the old town of Puerto Vallarta, enjoy the sights of colonial Mexico, view folkloric shows and historic Mexican landmarks, or experience jungle adventures. The hotel also sponsors a conservation program aimed at helping the sea turtle population in the region. Guests may have an opportunity to watch these rare turtle release events depending on the timing of their stay.