The Gran Caribe Real Cancun Celebrates the Authentic Cuisine of Mexico With Its New Regionally Inspired Menus

RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico, May 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Real Resort’s Gran Caribe Real Cancun is celebrating the renowned cuisine of Mexico with an authentic offering of the freshest regional foods from each of Mexico’s culinary regions. Albatros, the Resort’s International Buffet Restaurant, is proud to present the ‘Flavors of Mexico.’ Each day the hotel’s chefs use the freshest local and regional ingredients to create the ultimate Taco Experience that reflects the traditional flavors of Mexico. Changing daily, the menu includes:

Monday: Chapala Celebration: Crispy Pork Tacos with Cinnamon, Chicken Fajitas with Pailla Chili, Green Enchiladas, Shrimp Tacos and Sautéed Squid with Guajillo Chili.

Tuesday: El timon de Guerrero: Fish Tacos with Guajillo Chili, Octopus with Green Sauce Tacos, Beef and Egg Tacos with Red Sauce, Shrimp Tacos with Bell Pepper, and Turkey Tacos with Jalapeno Pepper.

Wednesday: El Norte: Duck Tacos with Oregano & Chili de Arbol, Prime Rib Tacos with Green Sauce, Shredded Beef and Egg Tacos, Skirt Flank Steak Tacos with Red Onion, and Tuna Tacos with Carrots.

Thursday: Puebla: Tacos with Turkey in Mole Rojo Sauce, Port Tacos with Chard and Cumin, Scallops with Potato and Green Mole Sauce, Mexican Sausage Tacos with Rice, Tacos of Spanish Marinated Sausage.

Friday: Mariachis of Jalisco: Barbacoa Taco (slow braised beef); Birria Tacos with Morita Chili, Crispy Beef Torta bathed with Red Sauce, Deep Fried Taco Stuffed with Chicken and Coriander.

Saturday: The Hope of Oaxaca: Pork Chop Tacos with Coriander; Chicken Tacos with Cactus Leaves and Green Tomato; Ground Beef Tostada with Lettuce and Green Aioli, Salmon Tacos with Beans and Chipotle Chili.

Sunday: Yucatan Specialties: Pit Roasted Pork in Annatto Sauce Tacos, Chicken in Black Sauce Tacos; Tacos de Pollo Guisado con Chrimole, Chicken in Black Seasoning Paste Tacos, Fish Tacos Bathed in Annatto Sauce, Shrimp Tacos with Local Spinach.

“It is a pleasure and an honor to offer this taste of authentic Mexican cuisine to our guests and share our love of fresh food,” said Fernando Garcia, Managing Director of Real Resorts. “We have gone to our talented chefs and asked them to prepare their own favorite recipes from their home kitchens and create this interesting and varied flavor explosion of Mexico. Our guests are praising this variety and true flavor of Mexico,” added Garcia.

In addition to Albatros guests of the upscale, all-inclusive Resort may also choose from six other specialty restaurants including: Gaviotas, a beachfront restaurant featuring Show Cooking Stations, Il Pescatore, an Italian specialty restaurant and bar overlooking the Bay, the Sunset Grill for fresh grilled fish and meat, Maria’s for Mexican a la carte service, Trade Winds for snacks and cocktails, as well as the 24-hour Snack Bar and room service.

About Gran Caribe Real Cancun   

Gran Resorts consider fun a serious pursuit and have perfected the art of a vibrant, yet relaxing vacation.   With its premium beachfront location in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, the Caribe Caribe Real is dedicated to providing heartfelt service and the extras that create a memorable holiday. The beach at the Gran Caribe Real is one of the widest in Cancun and has been recognized with numerous conservation and ecological awards.

The Resort offers a comprehensive recreational program for adults and families including up to two children 12 and under staying, eating and playing for free. Kids from four to twelve may enjoy the OKI Kids Club with its endless activities in a family friendly environment. Programs include poolside sandcastle building, face-painting, hula-hooping, theater programs, as well crafts activities. Teens can participate in the Resorts’ unique T-Zone program and lounge in an age appropriate setting, or indulge in activities such as a game of beach volleyball, or pick and choose among the waterslides, pools or just soak and swim the day away. There is also ping-pong and the indoor OKI Fun World which includes a video arcade. Additional activities for families include unlimited golf greens fees when booking the upper Gran Suite categories. In addition, kids and adults will enjoy Oki Splash, an expansive aqua park featuring a replica of a 17th century pirate ship, a medieval castle, multiple water slides and sprays that create fun water escape.

The Gran Caribe Real Cancun has a large selection of suites including Family Suites with bunk-beds, Gran Master and Presidential Suites. Larger suites can comfortably accommodate two adults and up to three children or teens. If a family is larger than two children, additional children sharing an adults’ suite receive a 60% discount, and teens 13-17 receive a 60% discount when sharing an adult’s suite.

When staying for a minimum of five nights in an Ocean Front suite at The Gran Caribe Real Cancun families receive a complimentary ‘swim with the dolphins’ experience for one person, valued at $140. Additional family members can also enjoy the experience at a 50% discount.

For more information about the Gran Caribe Real in Cancun contact a travel agent or Real Resorts at  800-760-0944 . Hotel information can also be obtained at www.RealResorts.com.

About Real Resorts

Real Resorts is a privately owned hotel company in Mexico. It owns and operates four all-inclusive resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen under “THE ROYAL”, and Gran brands, which appeal to a wide range of lifestyles. THE ROYAL in Cancun and THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen offer luxury-gourmet, all-inclusive, all-suite accommodations and attentive service for adults only. Both resorts are AAA Four Diamond Resorts and multiple recipients of the prestigious International Star Diamond Award, a recognition awarded by The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences to the best five star hotels. The Gran Caribe Real Cancun and the Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen offer personal service and upscale accommodations appropriate for families and travelers seeking a casual beachfront quality all Inclusive vacation experience. Reservations can be made through a travel agent or by calling  800-760-0944 . For more information visit online at: www.RealResorts.com.

U.S. and Mexico Sign Agreement on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council

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Mexico City, May 21, 2013 – The United States and Mexico agreed to create the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC). The Council was formalized through the signing of the framework agreement between the U.S. State Department and Mexico’s National Institute of Entrepreneurship.

During President Obama’s visit to Mexico earlier this month, he expressed, along with President Peña Nieto, his commitment to developing an even closer economic and trade relationship between both countries. The Presidents announced the High Level Economic Dialogue, in which officials from both governments will work together to promote competitiveness and connectivity, boost economic growth and innovation, and join forces for global leadership.

On May 8, the preliminary stages to create a binational entrepreneurship and innovation council were developed. This Council will provide a forum to coordinate and collaborate on strategies that trigger the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises.

This Council will integrate a working plan that includes specific programs and activities to incorporate Mexico into the Global Entrepreneurship Program, a U.S. initiative that seeks to catapult entrepreneurs in emerging economies through tools and links to its programs.

MUSEIC was formally launched on May 20th through the signing of the framework agreement by Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez and the chairman of Mexico’s National Institute of Entrepreneurship, Enrique Jacob Rocha, with Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo serving as witness of honor. Representatives from the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs and the National Council for Science and Technology were also present at the signing.

Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez said, “I have been impressed with the commitment of the Mexican government to entrepreneurship both with the words last week by President Peña Nieto and by the formation of the new INADEM led by Enrique Jacob Rocha.  We are confident this partnership will create the environment where both our countries will have the opportunity to work together for economic prosperity.”

Enrique Jacob Rocha, chairman of the National Institute of Entrepreneurship stated, “This Council represents the ideal platform to boost our entrepreneurship ecosystem, not only domestically, but around the world, and it will allow us to fulfill one of the goals of this Institute: making our entrepreneurs more competitive alongside one of our key partners.”

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affires ad interim Laura Dogu said, “Entrepreneurs are the drivers of innovation, of job creation and of sustained economic growth. This is why I am pleased that MUSEIC will strengthen regional competitiveness, which gives us a critical advantage above other regions in a global economy of innovation that is more competitive every day.”

The Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council will focus on:

A regulatory framework that will favor innovative entrepreneurship;     Promoting women-led entrepreneurship;     Participation and collaboration of the Latin American diaspora;     Promotion and integration of infrastructure to support entrepreneurs and micro, small, and medium enterprises;     Sharing expertise and best practices on development of regional innovation clusters;     Sharing expertise and best practices on supply chains; and     Sharing tools and best practices on financing and promotion of innovative, high-impact entrepreneurship.

The Council will be comprised of different participants of the entrepreneur ecosystem from Mexico and the United States, including government officials, academics, private sector representatives, non-government organizations and venture capital funds, among others.

Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen Now Offers Complimentary In-Room Wi-Fi for Guests

Stay connected to the outside world with the complimentary Wi-Fi at Playa del Carmen hotels now offered by Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen.

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Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen is pleased to announce that all four properties in this family of condo hotels now offer complimentary Wi-Fi in every suite and guest unit. This amenity comes as a welcome addition to the dozens of other special considerations that guests can expect to receive when staying at the posh Playa del Carmen hotels.

Among Playa del Carmen hotels and resorts around the world, these accommodations are given top honors by both Trip Advisor and Frommer’s. The properties of Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen are all kid-friendly with amenities available for both parents and children. The concierge can help guests plan a visit to nearby Mayan temples, horseback ride along the beach, swim with dolphins, discover beautiful archaeological sites, enjoy a catamaran sailing trip, go off-roading on an ATV, or head out for some deep sea fishing. Guests can even arrange to have a family meal prepared by a personal chef if they decide to stay indoors. The opportunities are so plentiful that one might wonder where to begin and how it can all be done in one vacation.

For those who prefer to remain relaxed in the lap of luxury at the Playa del Carmen hotels, guests have the option to relax at the Maya spa and beauty center, sunbathe at the beach club or workout at the GYM which is operated by the founder of the famous Equinox fitness clubs. All of the condo hotels have Jacuzzi hot tubs and heated pools as an added bonus.

Visitors seeking to reflect inwardly will appreciate the complimentary wellness programs arranged for guests to enjoy. Experience morning yoga or tai chi on the beach. Loosen up with water aerobics class in one of the heated pools. Maybe even meditate on the pier at sunset or take advantage of the outdoor massage center for a truly relaxing experience under the Mexican sun.

“We are pleased to offer a luxury experience along the Mayan Riviera,” says Jack Perlman, owner of the Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen properties. “Wi-Fi is now available for those who can’t help but mix a little business with their pleasure. I just hope that they can break away from the laptop long enough for a little beach time as well.”

Located against the backdrop of a charming Mexican beach town known for white sand beaches, the properties of Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen are just steps away from a ferry that takes visitors to Cozumel. The center of the city and famed Fifth Avenue are in close proximity to each of the Condo Hotels Properties. Globe-trotting guests have immediate access to world-class shopping, bars, and dozens of restaurants serving both international cuisine and local dishes that will delight anyone looking for an authentic experience around the Playa del Carmen hotels.

For more information about a stay at one of these Playa del Carmen hotels, Jack Perlman invites those interested to visit the company’s website at http://www.condohotelsplayadelcarmen.com/ or call the hotel at +52 984 803 0108 or El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel, 1 Norte Esquina Calle 14 Norte, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo Mexico.

About Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen
Located along the internationally known Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, the Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen group of resorts offers four unique properties: El Taj, Maya Villa, Porto Playa, and Villas Sacbe. The establishments are frequently featured in travel publications, and the boutique accommodations offer just about any amenity or comfort that can be imagined.

 

Aeromexico Announces its Second Frequency from San Francisco to Mexico City

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– Starting on July 15th, Aeromexico will operate its second frequency with Boeing 737 aircraft – 132 seats.

– The airline is also adding frequencies in Houston and Chicago, as well as new routes to Mexico, from Los Angeles to La Paz, Loreto, Cancun and Huatulco.

Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, announces its new frequency from San Francisco to Mexico City starting on July 15 th, adding its second daily direct flight between these major destinations.

The frequencies offered by the airline from San Francisco increase due to the demand of business and leisure travelers that take advantage of the wide network of connections that Aeromexico offers within Mexico and Latin America.

The flight will be operated with Boeing 737 aircraft – 132 seats -, allowing customers to go and return the same day, with the following schedule:

San Francisco – Mexico City

Flight Number Departure Arrival Frequency
AM 0665 01:00 am 07:14 am Daily
AM 0669* 01:25 pm 07:53 pm Daily

Mexico City – San Francisco

Flight Number Departure Arrival Frequency
AM 0664 08:26 pm 11:25 pm Daily
AM 0668* 09:30 am 12:07 pm Daily

*New flights schedules available starting July 15 th, all in local time and subject to change without notice.

This new frequency allows its clients to connect from Mexico City to Cancun, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Veracruz and Merida, some of the most beautiful beaches around the world. Also, to the most important cities in Latin America, such as San Pedro Sula (Honduras), Guatemala, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Lima (Peru), Sao Paulo (Brazil), San Jose (Costa Rica), Caracas (Venezuela) and Santiago (Chile).

At the same time, from July 15 th, Aeromexico will increase its frequencies from Chicago and Houston to Mexico City, being the 3rd and 4th respectively, among these cities. Besides, due to increase travel during the summer, the carrier also added new routes from Los Angeles to Loreto as well as to La Paz, Cancun and Huatulco, starting in June.

Aeromexico continues incrementing its connectivity between important cities of these neighboring countries, promoting around the US the many attractions of the various touristic destinations in Mexico.

About Grupo Aeromexico

Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in commercial aviation in Mexico and the promotion of frequent flyer loyalty programs. Aeromexico operates more than 600 daily flights from its main hub in Terminal 2 at the Mexico City International Airport. The airline serves more than 80 cities on three continents including 46 in Mexico, 19 in the United States, 11 in Latin America, three in Europe, two in Asia and one in Canada.

Aeromexico’s fleet is comprised of Boeing 777, 767 and 737 aircraft and the latest Embraer 145, 170 and 190 models. In 2012, Aeromexico announced the most important investment strategy in aviation history in Mexico with its intention to buy 100 Boeing aircraft including 90 B737 MAX jet airliners and ten B787 Dreamliners. The carrier will begin to operate its first Dreamliner in October 2013.

As a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, Aeromexico offers customers 1,000 destinations in 187 countries served by the 19 SkyTeam airline members rewarding passengers with benefits including access to 552 premium airport lounges around the world. Aeromexico also offers travel on its code share partner flights with Alaska Airlines, Avianca, LAN, TACA and TAM with extensive connectivity in countries like the United States, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia and Peru.

Hacienda Uxmal: Hotel with a History

By John Mitchell

If you stay at the Hacienda Uxmal, you might end up sleeping in the same room once occupied by the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Indira Gandhi, or even Queen Elizabeth II. These are just a few of the illustrious guests who have used this historic hotel as a convenient base from which to explore the spectacular Mayan ruins of Uxmal, which lie just a stone’s throw away from the resort’s front gate.

Built in 1950, the Hacienda Uxmal has also long been the lodging of choice for archaeologists who come to work at Uxmal. This close connection with the nearby ruins is celebrated by an “Explorers Gallery” on the hotel’s main floor. Lining a long, open-air corridor overlooking a turquoise colored swimming pool are photographs of famous nineteenth century explorers who visited Uxmal. Among them are the American traveler and author John L. Stephens, who published Incidents of Travel in Yucatán in 1843, and Frederick Catherwood, the talented British artist who accompanied Stephens on his journeys in Mexico and Central America. Catherwood illustrated Stephens’ books with remarkably detailed and haunting drawings of the region’s abandoned cities.

Adding to the Hacienda Uxmal’s historical ambiance are Spanish colonial touches such as Moorish arches, richly tiled floors, and iconic statues of angels and the like scattered about the grounds. The hotel’s 79 guestrooms are airy and bright, plus some have balconies surveying the rolling Puuc hills. Comfortable sitting areas outside each room feature traditional wooden furniture made from local timber. These cozy arrangements make ideal spots for sitting back and taking in the hotel’s forest-like gardens while pondering the incredible legacy left behind by the ancient Maya.

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