FAIRMONT MAYAKOBA CELEBRATES EARTH HOUR

For every participant guest, the luxury resort will make a donation for the preservation of
The Mesoamerican Reef

Hora_Del_Planeta_13  RIVIERA MAYA, MARCH 11, 2013 – Fairmont Mayakoba, a leader in hotel sustainability practices, will participate for the seventh consecutive year, in Earth Hour, the world’s  largest global climate change initiative organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). On Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:30 p.m., the iconic hotel in the Riviera Maya will join Fairmont properties around the world that will participate in the awareness event, by shutting off nonessential lights for one hour.

“As the world’s most important event against climate change, Fairmont Mayakoba is pleased to join Earth Hour and raise environmental awareness towards this important cause,” mentions Ian L. Robinson, Regional Vice President and General Manager for Fairmont Mayakoba. “It is a unique opportunity for the hotel’s colleagues and guests to engage in activities that promote Fairmont Hotels & Resorts ongoing efforts of sustainability stewardship.”

In addition to switching off nonessential lighting for an hour, the luxury resort will also celebrate Earth Hour by inviting guests and visitors to participate in diHora_Del_Planeta_75fferent events including unplugged entertainment. For every guest participating in any of the activities listed below, Fairmont Mayakoba will donate $1 USD to Oceanus, a local non-profit organization working on reforesting the Mesoamerican Reef along the Riviera Maya. Coral reefs are one of the most affected ecosystems by climate change and a significant attraction for visitors to the Riviera Maya.

 

Activities include:
The Darkest Night: Ancient Maya Astronomy
The eco-friendly event may be the darkest night of the year, so archeologists Julia C. Miller and Alfonso Morales from Catherwood Travels will take advantage of this unique opportunity to give an equally entertaining and interesting talk about archaeoastronomy and the Maya use of astronomy. The ancient Maya are famous around the world for their magnificent cities, intricate hieroglyphic writing, and their skill in astronomy. The study of the archaeoastronomy of the Maya has brought to light not only their fascination with the heavens and the movements of the planets and stars but also how they recorded their observations in their books and their buildings, as it will be explored in this conference. Following, the archeologists, with the use of iPads, will invite guests to try to identify some of the constellations and planets that were so important to the ancient Maya.

Children & Family
Surrounded by lush jungle and mangroves, little guests and families are invited for a Frogtastic Adventure, a night walk in search of the different wildlife that can be seen and heard on the hotel’s grounds.

Gourmet Affairs
The hotel’s AAA Four Diamond Award oceanfront restaurant, Las Brisas will offer a Lights Out candlelight dinner highlighting an exquisite sustainable menu, while the Lobby Lounge will offer a Dark Night cocktail inspired by the eco-friendly event.

Wellness
There is something magical about listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Lighted by the Mayan moon, Willow Stream Spa invites guests to exercise and reconnect with nature by participating in an on-the-beach yoga session.

Since opening in 2006, the AAA Five Diamond resort has been committed to Hora_Del_Planeta_74protect the environment and sustainability by making the harmonious balance between luxury and nature a reality. Its construction included the use of recycled and sustainable materials whenever possible, and the relocation of over 10,000 plants. Its commitment to minimizing the hotel’s footprint on the planet is shown by supporting the development of local communities and encouraging guests to actively participate in environmental conservation. Fairmont Mayakoba has also been recognized with important eco-accolades like Rainforest Alliance Verified and the Green Key.

About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change. The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. In 2008, more than 50 million people, including several Fairmont hotels around the globe, participated. In 2010, hundreds of millions of people and over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet.
With a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible tourism, Fairmont is a strong supporter of WWF, participating in many of their campaigns, as well as being a member of their global Climate Savers program. For the past two decades, Fairmont has been dedicated to preserving the places in which we live, work and play through its Green Partnership Program. Expanding on this 20-year commitment, Fairmont will continue to actively support a sustainable future and a low carbon economy, understanding that ultimately, we are all in this together.
For more information on Fairmont’s Green Partnership program and the company’s industry leading environmental initiatives, please visit www.fairmont.com/environment.

ABOUT FAIRMONT MAYAKOBA
Nestled in the heart of Riviera Maya, Mexico, the 401-room Fairmont Mayakoba is an AAA Five Diamond resort set on 45 acres within a private, luxury community surrounded by a lush mangrove forest intersected by crystal clear canals. The property has 40,000 square feet of meeting space, a 37,000 square foot Willow Stream Spa featuring 20 treatment rooms and a carefully crafted menu of services and distinctive treatments incorporating indigenous ingredients, and El Camaleón Golf Course, host to the only official PGA event in Mexico also featuring the Jim McLean Golf School. A dedication to a green philosophy has earned Fairmont Mayakoba verification as a Rainforest Alliance certified hotel, among other eco-accolades.  For reservations call 1(800) 441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com/mayakoba.
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ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts  is a celebrated collection of more than 60 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand’s distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also recognized internationally for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit fairmont.com.

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Delta Volunteers Build Six Homes with Habitat for Humanity in Puebla, Mexico

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More than 50 employees volunteer for Delta’s “Force For Global Good” in Mexico

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and Habitat for Humanity International will join forces March 5 – 13, to help build six Habitat homes in Puebla, an historic Spanish colonial city approximately 80 miles east of Mexico City, Mexico as part of Delta’s Force for Global Good program to effect positive local and global change. This year’s volunteers come from 18 different cities throughout world, including Montreal, Singapore, Toronto and the U.S.

“Delta has been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity for more than 20 years, building alongside our employees, customers and homeowners,” said Nicolas Ferri, Delta’s vice president – Latin America, Mexico and Caribbean. “I’m very proud that employees continue to build in partnership with families in need of basic shelter within the US and around the world.”

“Serving the people and communities where we live and work is a core value expressed by Delta people every day,” said Tad Hutcheson, Delta’s vice president – Community Affairs. “Our long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity has given us the opportunity to provide more than 100 homes around the world.”

Delta people will build six new homes working side by side with the families who will live in the new community upon completion. The structures will be built to resist earthquakes, hurricanes and floods and will be primarily made from concrete block which will require minimal ongoing maintenance for the recipient families.

Delta volunteers will be joined by Dan DeRiemer of Roswell, Ga., a Delta SkyMiles Diamond Medallion member who bid 324,500 miles through Delta’s SkyMiles Online Auction to win the opportunity to participate in the build with his wife, Laura. The miles will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

This is Delta’s ninth international build with Habitat for Humanity. Delta employees from around the globe use vacation time and pay a portion of their expenses to volunteer on the international builds and help those in need of simple, decent and affordable housing, while also taking the opportunity to learn more about the country and its culture. Delta has been involved in similar projects in Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, South Africa and Thailand.

“These volunteers are more than just a group of people contributing their time to construct a house. They are also helping build a community that learns how teamwork can help them fulfill dreams. Bridges are built between countries and cultures; as well as the satisfaction of being part of a life changing experience,” said Zayra Huertas, resource development director for Habitat for Humanity Mexico. “Habitat for Humanity Mexico is proud to facilitate this experience for both the families and volunteers.”

“Our Mexico City based employees have displayed a lot of enthusiasm for this project that brings Delta people together for a common cause,” said Carlos Enrique Hernandez, Delta’s director – Mexico. “This building site is also a great way to demonstrate Delta’s core values along with Aeromexico, our alliance partner, as they join us in constructing a new community in Puebla.”

Delta has supported Habitat for Humanity for more than 20 years and strengthened the partnership in 2006 by becoming a national partner and unveiling the first 767-300 featuring a unique Habitat for Humanity livery and a Delta Force for Global Good decal. The special livery helps raise awareness of Habitat for Humanity’s global work and highlights the efforts of employee participation in Delta’s Force For Global Good. Delta’s Habitat plane has flown nearly 25,000 hours and approximately 3,000 trips around the earth.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.

About Delta
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.

Alaska Airlines Vacations Offering “Every Third Night Free” Package at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

Free Upgrade to One-Bedroom Suite for Stays Six Nights or Longer

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, the newest member of Villa Group Resorts and Baja’s first “million-star” resort, today announced an “every third night free” package from Alaska Airlines Vacations, meaning a six-night stay will earn guests two free nights at the resort. And, with Alaska Airlines increasing its flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Loreto to be daily departures starting February 24, 2013, this deal is even better.

Travelers looking to experience the remarkable beauty, exhilarating adventure and authentic culture of Loreto also can enjoy a free upgrade to a one-bedroom suite at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto with any stay six nights or longer.

Guests of the resort stay in unparalleled luxury, which makes it easy to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the property and the stunning Sea of Cortez. Each room has stylishly contemporary décor and includes a private balcony with uninterrupted views of The Bay of Loreto, a kitchenette where guests can cook up their catch of the day, and plenty of space to unwind and soak up the unspoiled beauty of the region.

“We are thrilled that Alaska Airlines Vacations is offering guests this incredible package in time for spring visits,” said Owen Perry, owner and president of Villa Group.  “We look forward to having new and returning travelers experience everything we have to offer.”

The Islands of Loreto, located on the east coast of the Baja California Peninsula on the Sea of Cortez, is known for its quiet beaches, scenic vistas, rich history and astounding natural habitats. The region caters to adventurous travelers looking to explore the many outdoor opportunities including snorkeling, hiking, fishing, diving and mountain biking, as well as people looking for a getaway where they can enjoy the beauty and authentic culture of the region without the commotion of heavily-trafficked Mexican destinations. The destination is fast becoming an alternative for travelers looking for a slower pace with all the options and amenities they have come to expect from a vacation in Mexico.

To take advantage of the Alaska Airlines Vacations offer, guests must book by April 8, 2013 and travel before December 19, 2013. Details can be found at http://www.alaskaair.com/content/deals/vacations/mexico-nights.aspx?INT=AS_DEALS-VAC1_||20130208_ASV_MX||

For more information about Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, visit http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com/ or call 866.209.0726 from the U.S. or 855.440.5590 from Canada.

ABOUT VILLA DEL PALMAR
Baja’s First Million Star Resort
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is a self-contained destination resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). It features 181 new, spacious, beautifully appointed Deluxe Ocean View, one, two and three bedroom Suites  with balcony or terrace, stunning ocean views, mountain views, outstanding restaurants, an attentive English-speaking staff, five swimming pools, a 39,000 square feet Spa, two tennis courts , beautiful beaches and a mild and warm climate year-round.  The New York Times lists Loreto in its Top Ten Places to go in 2011. The travel article featuring The Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico ranked first among readers.

Guests can enjoy scuba and snorkeling tours in the protected Marine Park within the five prominent Loreto Islands, horseback riding, swimming, world-class fishing (catch a Dorado and bring it home to have a Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto chef prepare it for you), paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking.  With complimentary shuttle service, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous.  The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages, salsa dance lessons and movie nights for children.

Mexican Luxury Getaway Debuts At South by Southwest

Mexico brings luxury spa experience to Austin’s SXSW festival

The Mexico Tourism Board is showcasing the highlights of a Mexican luxury getaway at this week’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival and conference series.  In partnership with Forbes, Mexico will be on-site to celebrate the “30 Under 30” panel, which recognizes the most creative and entrepreneurial business pioneers today.

Mexico Tourism Board Chief Marketing Officer, Gerardo Llanes said, “Mexico has some of the most luxurious spas, hotels and resorts in the world. We are very pleased to be partnering with the institution that is Forbes to showcase the very best Mexico has to offer.”

The exclusive event will include the indulgences and flavors of a Mexico spa experience, from head and shoulder massages to savory Patron-infused canapes and desserts.  Exotic Mexican flowers and relaxing lounge furniture will transport guests to the extravagance of Mexico’s rich luxury offering.

The Riviera Maya is one of Mexico’s leading luxury destinations, with ten of Mexico’s sixteen AAA Five Diamond properties located in that region. Other premier luxury destinations include celebrity favorite Los Cabos, the beach resorts of the Riviera Nayarit and Mexico City which is home to several world class luxury hotels and two of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants according to the San Pellegrino rankings.

Renowned luxury travel network Virtuoso has ranked Mexico number two in the world in luxury destinations, second only to Italy, and has also recognized Mexico as the world’s number one spa destination.  The Mexico Tourism Board was also recognized as “Virtuoso Tourism Board of the Year” in 2012.

Mexico has continued to attract a record-breaking number of tourists from around the world.  With a rich cultural showcase and UNESCO World Heritage cuisine, the destination offers an experience unlike any other in the world.

Traveling Mexico With Kids

It is definitely different when you travel with your kids. You are more cautious about everything, from where you explore to what you eat. And the late nights in the cantina are not happening, but neither are the brain-thumping hangovers or the embarrassing karaoke performances. Seeing the country filtered through your kids, noticing what they find important, is like discovering it yourself all over again. Here are some great tips and how to do it.

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