Cancun Welcomes its very own Maya Museum

Cancun, Mexico (November 13, 2012) – The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is proud to announce the inauguration of one of the destination’s most anticipated attractions: Cancun’s Maya Museum. Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderon, presided over the inauguration ceremony on November 1.

After six years of construction, the museum’s modern structure has become the largest ever built by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) since the Templo Mayor Museum was built in 1987.

The Cancun CVB promotes the ancient roots that make up the destination’s Mayan culture and celebrates the opening of one of its most promising tourist attractions during an incredibly exciting season that marks the end of the Mayan calendar and the beginning of a new era.

With an investment of approximately $15 million, 70% of which was contributed by the federal government through the INAH. Cancun’s Maya Museum includes 350 archeological artifacts that took 30 years of research to procure, includes relics that have never been shown as well as others that were discovered in recent excavations. Other displays in the museum were previously exhibited at different venues like the Museo Regional de Yucatan or “Canton Palace” and the former Archeological Museum of Cancun.

Cancun’s Maya Museum boasts three exhibition halls of more than 4,400 square feet, two permanent and one temporary venue for national and international exhibitions. An exhibition of 14,000-year-old skeletal remains is the first things to explore when you enter the museum. Discovered in the last 12 years in Tulum’s underwater caves, these remnants offer important clues of the arrival of mankind to the American continent.

The first exhibition room of the museum is dedicated to the Mayan population that resided on what is now Quintana Roo and pays special focus to the remains of La Mujer de las Palmas or “The Woman of the Palms.” These remains were found in a cenote of the same name in 2002 and it is estimated that this person lived 10,000 years ago during the ice age. Wildlife and stone tools of this time period are also displayed here.

The second exhibition room was designed to represent the diversity of the regions that make up the area. The Sala Maya or “Maya Room” showcases aspects of Mayan architecture, art and other artifacts that ancient Mayans used on a daily basis. Sculptures and architectural fragments of Chichen Itza, the Yucatan and a collection of ancient engraved bricks from the city of Comalcalco in Tabasco are also exhibited.

Cancun’s Maya Museum was designed by Alberto Garcia Lascuráin and was built on an area of over 55,000 square feet. At the museum’s entrance stands a fountain with three sculptures that symbolize the vegetation of the area. These sculptures were built by artist Jan Hendrix and were later donated to the INAH.

The exhibition rooms are elevated over 3,000 feet above sea level to prevent the possibility of flooding due to any natural events or storms. They are also equipped with modern security systems, special lighting system and temperature and humidity control for the proper preservation of the artifacts.

According to the director of the INAH, Alfonso de Maria y Campos, the more than 12 million annual foreign and local visitors that come to Cancun for its sun and beaches will be pleasantly surprised to discover this unique museum in the area’s famous hotel zone. The museum expects about a million annual guests.

Five buildings are open to the public: The Great Pyramid, a 26 foot structure where the main building is located; The South, comprising of residential units, palace-style building and small altars; Dragons – named in the 1970’s after an area where snake heads were found and mistaken for dragon heads – in this area stands a temple adorned with fragments of ancient mural paintings of animals and marine elements.

Next to the Maya Museum, the San Miguelito archeological site recently opened as well. This location was inhabited over 800 years ago until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.

Cancun’s Maya Museum and the archeological site of San Miguelito are located on Km 16 on Kukulkan Boulevard in Cancun’s Hotel Zone. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., except on Thursday (7 a.m. – 10 p.m.) Tickets cost around $5 for access to both the museum and San Miguelito site. Children under 13 and adults over 60 years old receive free admission. On Sunday, admission is free to local residents with official identification.

About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is Mexico’s number one tourist destination and is known all over the world for its spectacular beaches, unique beauty and breathtaking turquoise waters.

Cancun’s shoreline recently underwent a $71 Million Dollar makeover, that featured 1.3 billion gallons of sand to renovating the Hotel Zone’s seashore. The most popular tourism destination in Mexico and Latin America has also added to its sun, beach, and nightlife, by creating a unique five-day route that will offer visitors a chance to experience adventure and interaction with nature. Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean invite travelers to discover the vast natural, cultural and gastronomical cultures of Puerto Morelos, and the four islands of the Mexican Caribbean: Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Cozumel. Cancun is a multifaceted destination that combines nature, historical Mayan Culture, glamour, luxury and world class tourism with the seduction for adventure, the passion for paradisiacal nature and the enchantment of gastronomical magic.

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Mexico Surpasses Targets For Tourist Arrivals And Private Investment In Tourism Projects

The Mexico Ministry of Tourism reports that private investment for the development and maintenance of tourism projects in the period January 2007 to September 2012 reached $20,129,900,000 USD, a figure that exceeds the established six-year target of 20 billion dollars.

In the period from January to September alone, cumulative investment reached $1,820,340,000 USD.

This investment was directed to the development of 1,146 projects, strengthening Mexico’s tourism offering in order to attract a greater number of visitors and fulfill the commitments outlined in the National Agreement on Tourism.

Of the total investment during the month of September, 75.9 percent corresponds to national capital, while the remaining investment corresponds to foreign capital.

Destinations in central Mexico captured 30.7 percent of total resources, beach destinations 35.1 percent, Mayan regions 20.9 percent, and the northern border 13.3 percent.

These private sector investments are complemented by the tourist programs and products developed during the administration of President Felipe Calderon, such as the ten Routes of Mexico, the Mundo Maya program, the 18 Gastronomic Routes and the strengthening of the Magic Towns, among others, that strengthen Mexico’s tourism offering.

The Mexico Ministry of Tourism reports that from January 2007 to September 2012, Mexico received 130.6 million international tourists, up 12.1 percent compared to the same period of the previous administration.

The flow of tourists staying overnight in Mexico registered an increase of 18.3 percent reaching 75.5 million people, compared to 63.8 million registered from January 2001 to September 2006.

Foreign exchange earnings from international visitors totaled $71,027,000,000 USD, representing an increase of 22.1 percent compared to $58,163,000,000 during the previous administration.

From January 2007 to September 2012, the average expenditure of cruise passengers to Mexico reached 81.7 dollars, an increase of 30.6 percent compared to the same period the prior term.

Cruise passenger spending generated revenues of $2,793,000,000 USD, 41.6 percent higher than $1,972,000,000 USD generated in revenue from January 2001 to September 2006.

During the month of September, the flow of tourists staying overnight in Mexico showed an increase of 6.2 percent compared to the same month the prior year.

Foreign exchange earnings from international visitors increased from 678 million dollars during 2011 to 748 million dollars in September 2012, representing an increase of 10.3 percent.

The accumulated foreign exchange earnings from international visitors through September registered at 6.2 percent higher than the $8,818,000,000 USD achieved during 2011.

Tourism with travelers staying overnight in Mexico through the month of September registered an increase of 3.1 percent compared to the period January to September during 2011.

International visitors increased their average spending by 6.8 percent, while international tourism has registered an increase of 8.0 percent.

Tourism with visitors staying overnight in Mexico increased average spending through the month of September by 3.7 percent, while border tourism increased average spending by 8.1 percent.

During January to September, day visitors increased average spending by 4.7 percent, compared to the same period in 2011.

According to data provided by the Integrated System for Migration Operations (SIOM), 8.1 million international visitors traveled to Mexico by air from January to September 2012, representing an increase of 6.1 percent over the same period in 2011.

From January to September, SIOM registered an increase in the number of visitors of 137 nationalities.

The Electronic Authorization System (SAE) promoted an increase in the flow of international tourists to Mexico by permitting travelers from Brazil, Russia and Ukraine to electronically obtain authorization to enter the country for tourism, transit or business without obtaining a visa.

In the first nine months of the year, the flow of travelers from Brazil, Russia and Ukraine benefitted from this procedural change, registering an increase of 120.7 percent compared to the first nine months of 2011.

In September 2012, the number of air travelers from the United States increased by 3.7 percent over the same month of 2011.  The accumulated number of US visitors through September registered an increase of 2.8 percent over the 4.4 million visitors received during January to September of 2011.

During the period January to October 2012, the flow of cruise passengers was 11.0 percent higher than the same period the prior year.

From January to October this year, Mexico received an average of 2,726 passengers per cruise, while last year cruises averaged 2,456 passengers.

The port of Manzanillo registered an increase of 30.1 percent during the period January to October, Chiapas an increase of 27.3 percent, and Zihuatanejo an increase of 26.6 percent.

According to data recorded by Airports and Auxiliary Services, the arrival of passengers on domestic flights increased 10.3 percent during January to September 2012 compared to the same period the previous year.

Similarly, international flights registered a 5.4 percent higher number of passengers to Mexico compared to January to September of 2011.

During 2011, Mexico surpassed the target of 165.8 million domestic tourists, reaching a total of 168.1 million domestic tourists.  According to current trends, this goal will be surpassed again in 2012.

From January to September 2012, the number of domestic tourists totaled 133.2 million, 6.0 percent higher than the same period in 2011.


Chicago: 23 Mexican Restaurants To Be Awarded

The Second Authentic Mexican Restaurant Award Ceremony Will be Held In Chicago, On November 27, At The Historic Building In Downtown Of “The Windy City”: The Murphy

In order to promote Mexican food production and thereby increase Mexican exports, create jobs and improve quality of life of Mexicans, the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in conjunction with Authentic Flavors of Mexico AC, will promote the culinary traditions of Mexico, as well as the consumption of fresh and semi-processed products of this country. On this occasion they will feature the gastronomy and products of the state of Jalisco, a region well known for tequila and mariachis. This to keep the title given by UNESCO to the Mexican cuisine:  “Cultural Heritage and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”

Authentic Flavors of Mexico, together with the General Consulate of Mexico in Chicago and the Mexican-US Chamber of Commerce Midwest Chapter, will conduct the second ceremony “Authentic Mexican Restaurant”, to award Mexican restaurants in the Chicago area.

The restaurants awarded were chosen by Authentic Flavors of Mexico AC, based on a menu they provided and their contribution in spreading the Mexican cuisine along with its traditions, gastronomy and support to Mexican fields through consumption of Mexican products.

The 23 restaurants awarded : Adobo Grill, Big Star, Birrieria Zaragoza, Cafe Bombon, Chilapan, Cine, Dorado, El Jardin, La Casa de Samuel, La Lagartija Taqueria, Los Nopales, Mago, Mexique, Mezcalina, Mixteco Grill, Mundial Cocina Mestiza, New Rebozo, Nuevo Leon, Salpicon, San Gabriel Mexican Cafe, Taco Joint Urban, Taqueria & Cantina and Zapatista.

Additionally, two special awards will be delivered to chef and master Dudley Nieto, for his contributions made throughout this year to the gastronomic Mexican community, through several Mexican restaurants, of which the latest is Mezcalina. Kendall College will also be awarded for the “outstanding” program Nieto has within his tourism school of Mexican cuisine and the program he has handled since 3 years ago, together with the Tourism Board of Mexico, through which he invited the best chefs from Mexico to provide two weeks of lectures in his school.

After the ceremony, dinner will be offered to the guests. Dishes served will focus on the gastronomy of the state of Jalisco and its products, because this state is more than a Tequila producer. It is also a major producer of pomegranate, dried fruits, chia seeds, avocado, coffee, agave syrup, dried chiles, typically Yahualica, and it is the only state in Mexico that has an ostrich meat plant, TIF certified, and recently it has also been certified to export pork to Japan.

Preparation of the dinner will be coordinated by culinary curator of Authentic Flavors of Mexico in Chicago, Chef Dudley Nieto, from Mezcalina restaurant. Also dishes will be prepared by the following chefs/restaurants: Cesar Reyes – Zapatista, Manuel Banuelos – Mezcalina, Priscilla Satkoff – Salpicon, Yanni Sanchez – Cine, and guest Chef Leopoldo Cortes, Jalisco state representative for Blanca Blue Restaurant. The mixologist Martin Cabrera, will combine ingredients produced in the region of Jalisco.

The ceremony will be presided over by General Consul of Mexico in Chicago, Eduardo Arnal Palomera, and representatives of ProMexico in Chicago, Jaltrade, the Mexican Promotional Tourism Council and Authentic Flavors of Mexico Foundation.

Calderon Wants To Re-Name Mexico

This is a good idea. Mexico is formally named Estados Unidos Mexicanos, or United Mexican States. But the outgoing President says they don’t need the United States language – just Mexico. We’ll see if Congress goes along with him before he leaves office on December 1. Mexico deserves its own identity at this time in history. Everyone calls it Mexico. Lets make it official.

Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel Resort & Spa Earns 2012 Fodor’s Choice Distinction from Fodor’s Travel

While every business included in a Fodor’s guide is deemed worth a traveler’s time, only those offering a truly remarkable experience are given the Fodor’s Choice designation.

Cozumel, Mexico, November 12, 2012 –(– Once again, Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa has been recognized as a 2012 Fodor’s Choice selection by Fodor’s, the leading name in travel guides for more than 75 years. This distinction designates Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort as a leading hotel for service, quality and value.

The editors and experts of Fodor’s have been selecting only the top fifteen percent of their listed properties and activities as Fodor’s Choice award recipients since 1988.

Every year, Fodor’s writers experience, examine and evaluate thousands of hotels, restaurants and attractions in their travels across the globe. While every business included in a Fodor’s guide is deemed worth a traveler’s time, only those offering a truly remarkable experience are given the Fodor’s Choice designation.

The Fodor’s review of the luxury resort states, “Rooms are sleek with modern neutrals and luxe touches like outdoor rain showers, hammocks or whirlpool tubs with a sea view. The Mandara Spa is the island’s best.”

The acclaimed property, located on a half mile of white sandy beach and just steps from the world’s second largest coral reef, features three restaurants; the Mandara Spa; snorkeling and scuba diving excursions through its in-house dive shop, Scuba Du; and well-appointed guestrooms and suites.

For 75 years Fodor’s has presented travelers with the very top recommendations to make sure they’re making the most of their travels. The 2012 Fodor’s Choice recipients are the best of the best, providing a remarkable experience in their price range or category.

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Mexico’s Tourism GDP Grew 3.2 Percent In The Second Quarter

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Mexico Ministry of Tourism reports that during the second quarter of 2012, the quarterly indicator of tourism GDP increased 3.2 percent in real terms, compared to the same period of last year.

According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, during the period April to June, the quarterly indicator of domestic tourism consumption grew 4.1 percent, compared to the same period in 2011.

Domestic tourism consumption grew 2.1 percent, while inbound tourism increased by 18.3 percent.

The indicators released this morning by INEGI were developed in the context of the Specialized Technical Committee of Tourism Economic Statistics (CTEEEST, for its acronym in Spanish).

These short-term indicators offer an overview of the quarterly macroeconomic climate related to tourism activities, with data from diverse and timely sources with aggregation similar to that of the Mexico tourism satellite account.

These indicators work to strengthen the statistical information that enables timely knowledge of the behavior and tendencies of the tourism GDP, which is supplemented by the quarterly indicator of domestic tourism consumption, thus supporting analysis and decision-making in this important sector.

As part of the efforts to strengthen the Specialized Technical Committee of Tourism Economic Statistics, this week the Secretary of Tourism participated in the Fourth Plenary Session which was held from November 12 to 13 at the Colegio de la Frontera in Tijuana.

Jorge Mezher Rage, Subsecretary of Tourism Planning, highlighted the need to continually innovate and to present new challenges to motivate the sector.

The session’s presentations, with particular focus on border tourism, offered points of view towards creating synergies, combining efforts and sharing experiences such that these statistics reflect the reality of the movement of visitors in the northern and southern borders.

During the two-day work session, critical points were identified towards the improvement of statistics in the tourism sector.

During the final meeting, the latest advances were presented around projects in areas related to basic and derived statistics, international tourism, basic tourism products and regional indicators, with particular focus on border tourism.

The final meeting also noted the common objective of improving the procedures of compilation, production and dissemination of information, to further strengthen cooperative ties between institutions and entities.

The CTEEEST is a collegial body composed of the National Economic Information Subsystem (INEGI), formed by the Ministry of Tourism, the Mexico Tourism Board (CPTM), the National Fund for Tourism Development (FONATUR), the Bank of Mexico, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Communications and Transport, and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, among others.  The CTEEEST aims to contribute to the coordination of activities among those entities generating statistical information related to the sector, and to support the establishment of guidelines to ensure the progress, improvement and contribution of these statistics to support the processes of planning and decision-making.


Visa Exemptions Between Countries Of The Pacific Alliance To Benefit Tourism In Mexico

The Mexico Ministry of Tourism acknowledged the joint work of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of the Interior and of their counterparts in Colombia in Peru towards the lifting of visa regulations between the countries of the Pacific Alliance, as a measure towards strengthening the international competitiveness of Mexico’s tourism industry.

The Pacific Alliance is an integration mechanism with the participation of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, whose objective is advancing the free movement of goods, services, capital and people.

Mexico Secretary of Tourism Gloria Guevara Manzo said that this decision will increase the number of international travelers between countries of the region.

She noted that through such actions, Mexico strengthens its ties with Latin America, and particularly with the countries of the Pacific Alliance.

The measure will strengthen Mexico’s international competitiveness in the tourism sector, in accordance with the strategies of the administration of President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa towards consolidating tourism as a national priority for economic development in Mexico.

The Integrated System for Migration Operations (SIOM) indicates that in the first nine months of 2012, the number of visitors from Colombia, Chile and Peru that arrived to Mexico increase by 25.4 percent, 14.3 percent and 28 percent, respectively, compared to the same period the prior year.

In the framework of the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Pacific Alliance, which took place in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that from November 9, the visa requirement has been lifted for nationals of Colombia and Peru to visit Mexico, with a stay not to exceed 180 days and during which the visitor is not engaged in remunerated activity.

In the case of Mexico and Chile, both nations have an agreement in place towards lifting visa restrictions, to which Colombia and Peru will be added moving forward.

The announcement complies with the agreements contained in the Declaration of Paranal, signed by the Heads of State of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, signed June 6, which instructed that the competent authorities design a mechanism of cooperation and exchange of information to facilitate the flow of people between the members of the Pacific Alliance.