Expedia Honors Mayan End of the World with Free Nights and Big Savings, Because Why Not?

Expedia marking Mayan calendar milestone with savings up to 40% in Riviera Maya, Cancun, Guatemala, or Belize PR

Newswire BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Expedia.com®, the world’s leading online travel site, today announced that the company plans to honor the end of the Mayan calendar cycle with savings throughout the Mayan world. More than 100 hotels throughout Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Merida, Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador are offering up to 40% off of travel, from today through March 2013, in areas where travelers can explore Mayan ruins. In addition, 11 hotels are offering exclusive $0 rates on December 21, 2012, the date that the ancient Mayan Long Count calendar identifies as the end of an era that would reset the date to zero.

Hotels include: • Gran Melia Cancun • Intercontinental Presidente Cancun Resort • GR Solaris Cancun & Spa – All Inclusive • Hyatt Regency Cancun • Villa del Palmar Cancun • Great Parnassus Resort and Spa All Inclusive • Golden Parnassus Resort & Spa All Inclusive • Flamingo Cancun Resort • Now Jade Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa • Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun All Inclusive • GR Caribe By Solaris Deluxe All Inclusive Resort

“The Mayan region has always been a fascinating destination, but interest is up this year for reasons that might be obvious. In fact, travel to this part of the world is up over 10% this year over last,” said Joe Megibow, Vice President and General Manager, Expedia.com. “Given that this might be the last chance to see this great destination, we thought we would make it easier to get there, by introducing some amazing sale prices. We do realize you’re not going to have much use for the money you’ve saved if the world actually does end, but either way, those savings are yours to keep.” In addition, Expedia also announced the launch of their fall promotion. Now through October 1, 2012, travelers who book on Expedia.com can save on hundreds of hotels. As part of the sale, Expedia® Rewards members and non-members can register to earn double points on all hotels and vacation packages.

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SOPHISTICATION, SUSTAINABILITY AND LOCAL FLAVOR KEY COMPONENTS OF LUXURY TRAVEL

As host of the ILTM Americas, Fairmont Mayakoba offers innovative and  responsible tourism experiences

                    

Riviera Maya Mexico, September 18, 2012 – Traveling to discover new worlds and have authentically local experiences, with the least environmental impact, are key components that define the contemporary luxury traveler. Fairmont Mayakoba, host of the first edition of ILTM Americas, offers participants of the world’s leading luxury travel expo the possibility of discovering innovative and responsible tourism practices.

Since opening in 2006, Fairmont Mayakoba has been committed to environmental care and sustainability bringing to reality the harmonious equilibrium between luxury and nature. Its construction contemplated the use of recycled and sustainable materials whenever possible, the relocation of more than 10,000 plants and a commitment to implement actions to conserve the natural resources, support the development of local communities and encourage guests to actively participate in the conservation of the environment while providing facilities and premium experiences in a majestic setting surrounded by mangroves, rainforest, water canals and the spectacular turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean.

“Sustainability includes not only environmental management but also socio-cultural aspects and economic benefits to local communities” mentioned Ian L. Robinson, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Fairmont Mayakoba. “In our commitment to promote responsible tourism, we are pleased to participate in ILTM, Americas and share luxury experiences in harmony with nature and, our knowledge to a real sustainable tourism with unique services with true value for the sophisticated traveler”.

Guests attending ILTM Americans can participate in sustainable practices even before their arrival to the Riviera Maya. The hotel invites all guests to help underprivileged children by supporting Pack for a Purpose program, in which the empty space left in their luggage can be used to bring a donation for the community centers of Save the Children in Playa del Carmen. The list of donations such as school supplies, books and learning games can be found at:

http://www.packforapurpose.org/docs/countries/mexico/fairmont-mayakoba.shtml

During the day, travelers can participate in different activities to discover the beauty of the surroundings. Boarding a lancha (electric boat) with biologist Rosaura Cuevas, Ecology and Social Responsibility Manager of the resort, guests will be guided on an adventure to discover the more than 250 species living around the hotel such as turtles, herons, fish, coatis, and even deer.  This is a unique opportunity to experience the resort’s tangible commitment to the local environment.

Furthermore, as host Hotel, some of the programs that ILTM Americas participants may discover include:

 Green Cuisine:

–        The food products, whenever possible are organic, local and obtained via fair treatment practices, including the Chef’s Garden with native products as chaya and habanero chile.

–        The endangered species, such as Chilean sea bass, shark and blue fin tuna are not offered in any of our menus and closed seasons are strictly respected.

Support Mayan Communities and Social Responsibility:

–        Fairmont has donated $10.000 USD for a group of Mayan women who are dedicated to making medicinal products derived from honey to support the family economy. Through this program, women have managed to develop and market their products, these products can be found at Willow Stream Spa. In gratitude, the community donated a “meliponary”, an area where two hives of native stingless bees called Meliponas live, which is very important in the Mayan culture.

–        Muyil Forest and Float Tour: This off-site tour is operated by Community Tours Sian Ka’an, a community-based operator supported by the World Heritage Alliance. Fairmont donated $ 5,000 USD for the construction of toilets in Muyil, installation essential for the operation of the tour and the cooperative.

–        Fairmont Babies Room, the hotel has an area enabled for employees who are breastfeeding can express and store milk for their babies. In this way, they can ensure the best nutrition for their children and not be forced to choose between their professional and economic development and breastfeeding.

Greening our Greens:

El Camaleon Mayakoba golf course, managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, participates in the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuaries, an organization which sets guidelines for an international system of wildlife and environmental conservation. Through our participation, we have developed an extensive integrated management plan for ongoing improvements to our golf courses called “Greening Our Greens”. The program offers practical ways for our courses to make positive changes, while working toward the larger goal of achieving certification from Audubon International.

Monarch Butterfly Migration Heads to Mexico

Every year (November through March, with the best month being February) millions of black and orange monarch butterflies find their way to Mexico. The monarchs’ annual journey, encompassing more than 2,500 miles, takes the butterflies from Canada and the northeast United States to their winter home in Michoacán, where, in some areas, they can number four million per acre of land. With their four-inch wingspans, the monarchs cloak fir trunks and hang on boughs in clusters of tens of thousands. Up to 250 million monarchs winter in the region pulsating in the trees and creating one of nature’s brilliant displays. A Mexican legend says that the souls of the dead are reborn as monarch butterflies. Organized tours are available from the capital city of Morelia. Read more and see a video clip….

SK Films is proud to present Flight of the Butterflies. Follow the monarchs’ perilous and extraordinary journey, and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico. For the very first time, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. This includes being able to see inside a chrysalis, due to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. Become lost in the compelling story of a courageous scientist’s 40-year search to find the secret migration destination of monarchs. More details…

Here is a link to the dates and locations where the film will premiere in the US and Canada.

 

Pueblos Magicos: Real de Asientos Stands Decorated with History, as Well as Mystery

Mexico Today News

History, art, nature and a culture of mining come to life in Real de Asientos, Aguascalientes, Mexico. An ancient city, Real de Asientos dates back to 1548, when it was founded by the congregation of a religious group. Over the past few centuries, Real de Asientos transformed into a mining town, and then to a city of great mystery.  Read more…

Photo courtesy of www.visitmexico.com

Taco Trucks of San Felipe Named One of the 101 Best Places to Eat Worldwide

Mexico Today News

The tacos of San Felipe, a town on the coast of Baja California in Mexico, are getting global recognition. Earlier this month, the Daily Beast published the Newsweek article “Top Chefs Choose 101 Best Places to Eat Around the World.” Renowned chefs participated in this global survey in order to compile a list of must-eats. Representing Mexico are the delicious tacos – specifically from taco trucks – located downtown San Felipe. The article recommends trying the carnitas and al carbon tacos, but the true specialty of San Felipe is its fish tacos. Read more…

 

 

Pueblos Magicos: Visiting Quaint, Nature-Rich Palizada is a Vacation for the Senses

Mexico Today News:

Once a refuge for pirates, the river village Palizada in Campeche, Mexico has transformed into the perfect destination for a relaxing vacation. Palizada is frequently overlooked, and used as a stopping-off point on the way to Ciudad del Carmen. But if you pause to appreciate the peaceful town, you will be rewarded by the warmth of its locals, mouth-watering traditional food, beautiful nature and unique sunset experience. Read more…