Mexico Is The World’s 8th Largest Producer and 4th Largest Exporter of New Cars

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By Enrique Pena Nieto

Investment is a key trigger of growth and employment and a powerful engine of economic development.

Earlier today, at the Official Residence of Los Pinos, we shared the good news that proves the strength, dynamism and competitiveness of the domestic auto industry.

By this I mean the $691 million USD that General Motors will invest in our country in high-tech projects.

With this infusion of funds, General Motors will build a new transmission plant at its complex in Silao, Guanajuato, expand the plant it opened last year in San Luis Potosi and consolidate its complex in Toluca.

To achieve the Prosperous Mexico we want to build, our country now has a strong automotive sector. Mexico is the world’s 8th largest producer and 4th largest exporter of new cars.

As President, I confirm my commitment to consolidating Mexico as a world power in the production and export of automobiles and auto parts, and I congratulate General Motors on its decision to continue grow alongside Mexico. Congratulations!

Join us for Monday’s Mexico Google Hangout

by Ron Mader

Tomorrow, June 24 Planeta.com hosts the first of many Mexico-specific hangouts on Google+, 4pm CDT!

Talking Points
July events: Guelaguetza
Collecting Mexican folk art
Learning Spanish in Mexico

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Let the hangout facilitator/organizer know of your interest in participating.

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Announcing our #MexMonday Hangout, June 24, 4pm CDT

Pemex May Lose Monopoly

David Simmonds

Newly-elected Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto campaigned on the promise to open up oil exploration to foreign and private companies. Pemex, the state owned oil monopoly, has controlled all petroleum-related activities in Mexico since the expropriation of all oil reserves and foreign oil companies in 1938. It has been a major source of income for the government for decades, and a matter of pride to many millions of Mexicans. There are also constitutional issues that could prevent this from taking place, so the courts will also be involved.

If Pena is able to push this through Congress it is sure to be protested by many. There is no argument that oil production has been in decline for nearly a decade, and that the government (Pemex) doesn’t seem to have the funds available to do what is necessary to remedy that. But does the country really want to lose their identity and autonomy, for which there is such pride? Stay tuned to this story – it will have a major impact on Mexico in the coming years

http://www.ticotimes.net/More-news/News-Briefs/Mexico-s-Pena-Nieto-plans-end-to-75-year-Pemex-monopoly_Tuesday-June-18-2013

 

Viva Wyndham Mexico Properties Receive Awards Of Excellence From Leading Global Travel Sites

MIAMI, June 17, 2013

MIAMI, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Viva Wyndham Resorts® announced today that the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas and its two properties in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, including Viva Wyndham Azteca and Viva Wyndham Maya, have received awards of excellence from two of the world’s leading travel sites.

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The Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach received the Travelocity Excellence Award 2012. The annual award is given to one hotel per destination and recognizes overall performance and customer service.  Only the best 500 hotels around the world offered on Travelocity are eligible to receive this recognition.

The Viva Wyndham Azteca and Viva Wyndham Maya have been awarded TripAdvisor® Certificates of Excellence 2013.  The certificates recognize outstanding hospitality and exceptional guest reviews which include ratings and feedback on amenities, guest rooms, activities, food, staff and more.

The Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach offers 276 island inspired guest rooms with balconies and features a secluded beach with 1,200 feet of white sands and crystal clear waters. As the only all-inclusive resort on the island, it is surrounded by tropical forests and parklands. Additionally, one of the world’s largest reef systems is located just off shore which makes for memorable snorkeling.  The resort is a 45-minute flight from Florida and 13 miles from Freeport Airport.

The Viva Wyndham Azteca and Viva Wyndham Maya are located on the breathtaking Mayan Riviera on the east coast of the Yucatan and are situated on stunning white sand beaches. Playa Del Carmen offers incredible shopping and nightlife.  Guests can explore nearby sites such as the Mayan Reef, the second-longest barrier reef in the world which offers world-class diving just offshore, the Mayan Ruins Tulum or Chichen Itza.  Guests of both properties can also luxuriate at The Renova Spa, located at Viva Wyndham Maya, which offers a full-array of spa services, including massage, body treatments and holistic therapies.

For reservations or information, call 1-800-WYNDHAM or visit http://www.vivawyndhamresorts.com/.

About Viva Wyndham Resorts®

Viva Wyndham Resorts® features all-inclusive properties throughout the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Mexico.  Viva Wyndham Resorts’ multilingual staff, tropical settings, extensive amenities and entertainment line-up ensures guests a truly customized vivid all-inclusive experience. As part of the brand’s passion for life, it strives to protect all the resort’s surrounding environments and cultures by implementing green programs.

Cancun Luxury Resort Tops Celebrated Living’s Best Mexico Destinations

    

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa Debuts Teens-Only Beachfront Lounge

         CANCUN, MEXICO–(Marketwired – Jun 4, 2013) –  There’s no better place south of the U.S. border to spend time on the beach than the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa according to readers of Celebrated Living magazine.

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       Rising to the top of the Reader’s Choice Platinum List of the world’s best hotels, golf courses, spas and cruise lines, this Cancun luxury resort excels among Mexico, Central America and South America destinations according to the May 2013 issue of the in-flight magazine published quarterly by American Airlines. Celebrated Living covers today’s finest resorts, spas, wine, fashion, jewelry, dining and more, offering readers the ultimate guide to the good life, including style and trends along with tips for living well from A-list celebrities.The coveted “Platinum List” is compiled by magazine editors based on results of Celebrated Living’s annual Platinum Survey which reaches 667,ooo readers in First and Business Class cabins throughout the airline’s travel system.
The JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa soared to the top of the list, not only as the best resort in Cancun, but excelled over destinations in Buenos Aires, Costa Rica, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Los Cabos, Chile, Puerto Rico and Peru.Setting the standard for guest services this impressive Cancun spa resort was also listed among the magazine’s Top 20 Family Resorts worldwide, joining the likes of popular Disney destinations and the Bahamas’ Atlantis. New to the long line-up of amenities at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is an exciting teens-only beachfront lounge. The indoor space includes ping-pong, video games, beverage service and space for teenagers to “chill” during family vacation travel. While always catering to children and encouraging family-oriented activities, the resort has also added new four-poster daybeds for the comfort of adults on its private white sand beaches.For remarkable on-the-beach relaxation, outdoor cabanas complement the resort’s 35,000 square foot Mayan Inspired Spa filled with state-of-the-art equipment, an indoor heated lap pool, 17 treatment rooms, Jacuzzi, spa salon, aerobics room and juice bar. Spectacular views and relaxing treatments, massages and services are experienced amidst the spa’s luxurious ambiance designed to soothe and balance the mind, body and spirit.
About the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
The JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa welcomes guests with the finest amenities and unsurpassed service in the midst of Cancun’s popular Hotel Zone. Offering chic style, and an extensive choice of gracious accommodations, guests are pampered with breathtaking views and impeccable surroundings at this landmark luxury resort. Surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean, guests may also indulge in the resort’s Club 91 for the ultimate in personal service and amenities. Honored as a Five Diamond Hotel by the AAA, the resort boasts 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a business center and the service of dedicated event managers and skilled culinary professionals for flawless retreats, corporate meetings and destination weddings.

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board to Exhibit at AIBTM

International Convention Center and Hoteliers Exhibit with Mexico Tourism Board

PRLog (Press Release)Jun. 7, 2013MANHATTAN, N.Y.The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board will be exhibiting at this year’s AIBTM Expo taking place at the McCormick Place in Chicago from June 11-13. The destination will be represented by a delegation of hoteliers, including Melia Vallarta, Westin Puerto Vallarta, Velas Vallarta as well as Puerto Vallarta’s International Convention Center and will be under the Mexico Tourism Board’s stand, number 833.
Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s leading MICE destinations because of its world-class infrastructure and superior professional services along with its proximity to key markets in the US and Canada. Enriched by Mexican heritage, this charming seaport has colonial-era roots and is framed by the lush Sierra Madre mountain range and the Pacific waters of the Bandera’s Bay, providing some of the most unique settings for corporate events. Meetings held in Puerto Vallarta have consistently brought 20% more attendees to events than at their previous meeting location.
This year the destination will be holding a hosted site visit titled: Vallarta Meetings, from July 9-12, a special educational trip where Puerto Vallarta´s MICE industry will host 15 US and Canadian meeting planners to experience the diverse infrastructure and services that are available in Puerto Vallarta and can ensure that any event or meeting is a success. The special agenda will be offered 3 times a year to prospective MICE specialists. To learn more on this initiative please visit http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1467816-c2p1XjhNcd
MEETINGS AND INCENTIVES TRAVEL IN PUERTO VALLARTA AIR ACCESS
Puerto Vallarta’s Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) handled over 1.2 million passengers in 2012, with over 2,000 direct flights coming from the US and Canada (SECTUR). The airfield is capable of handling 40 takeoffs and landings per hour. The airport terminal has 16 active gates, with an additional six in a recently completed terminal extension project.
HOTEL INFRASTRUCTURE The city’s hotel network offers 20,784 rooms, with well over half being 4-star-plus properties as well as historical boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, private homes and condominiums, and three new resorts from international chains Hilton and AM Resorts.
PUERTO VALLARTA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER The Puerto Vallarta’s International Convention Center is the destination’s state-of-the-art facility for conventions and exhibitions. With an investment estimated at US$ 43 million, it occupies 42 acres and offers over 105,000 square feet of flexible indoor meeting and exhibition space as well as 400,000 square feet of outdoor event space; it is five minutes away from the airport and 10 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta’s major hotels and historic downtown.
Gran Salon Vallarta, the Convention Center’s main meeting hall, offers 54,000 square feet of space and can be subdivided into eight fully equipped, sound-proofed rooms. The complex offers 670 car parking spaces as well as a separate lot reserved exclusively for motor coaches, accommodating up to 50. The Convention Center also offers a host of services required by large groups such as an exhibition area, private meeting rooms, simultaneous translation equipment, a research center, cafeteria, a cultural and educational center, workshop, the latest technology, and first class service in elegant surroundings. The Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center has reported a 20% increase in attendance for events taking place in the venue in comparison to their previous celebration. The Puerto Vallarta convention center is the only venue in the world that maintains a natural protected area of 415 acres, from the income generated by events held in the building, over 250 animal species call Estero el Salado home.
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Holding an event in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico in general can be beneficial to the budget. As part of Miscellaneous Tax Provisions Act published on May 30, 2005, foreign entities holding events in PV do not pay taxes for services provided for a meeting, convection or fairs in Mexico. Meetings in Mexico are also fully tax deductible in  the USA and CANADA. Guests can also benefit from tax free shopping (taxback.com)

Meetings and Conventions Hotels From luxury boutique properties to large beachfront resorts, Puerto Vallarta can accommodate meetings and incentives groups of all sizes.

Hacienda Los Laureles – A Oaxacan Gem

By: Lisa Coleman

One of my all time favorite Mariachi songs is called “Volver, Volver.” Loosely translated the title means “Come back, Come back,” and it symbolizes what I feel every time I leave Mexico. My heart always aches a bit and the words to that song run through my head. There is something remarkable about returning to a place that touches your soul. It’s never like the first time; it’s better. There’s a touch of familiarity that gives the impression of being welcomed back home. That’s how I felt about coming back to Oaxaca and Hacienda Los Laureles.

On a map, the state of Oaxaca (wah-HAH-kah) can be found about 300 miles southeast of Mexico City. The entire region is filled with both natural and cultural beauty, but the centerpiece of the state is the magical Oaxaca City. Founded in 1532, the city is surrounded by the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range and sits atop a highland plateau some 5,000 feet above sea level. And though the city is densely populated, it remains unusually intimate. Easily explored on foot, it has the warm and inviting pace of a village. There is a certain energy that radiates from the people and buildings, almost as if the past remains in the present. The city is widely considered one of the finest displays of Spanish colonial architecture in the entire country and was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1987. A total of 1,200 historic monuments remain throughout the city and surrounding areas.

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The charming and elegant Hacienda Los Laureles is located a quick 8 to 10 minutes from the zócalo (city center).  Tucked away in the foothills, this hotel is a real gem.  Built in the early 1800s, the property maintains its grand colonial style, while offering all the modern amenities. My first visit to the hacienda was back in 2001, and I was happy to discover it was even more beautiful upon my return. The lush and manicured gardens had matured even more and are now filled with blooming flowers along with huge cypress and mango trees. To add to the natural peacefulness of the grounds, a symphony of singing birds can be heard throughout the foliage.

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From the moment you arrive, it will feel as though you are in your own private hacienda. With a total of only 23 guest rooms (including four master suites and presidential suite), the service is very personal. Owner, Peter Kaiser, tells me, “We want our guests to have a unique experience here so the staff is always available to cater to their needs.” Peter has built his reputation on attention to detail and understands the importance of “the little things” that make a hotel experience memorable.  Los Laureles is a member of the exclusive Mexico Boutique Hotels group, and received Four Diamonds from AAA. In addition, the hacienda was bestowed with the Tesoro (Treasure) Award from the Oaxaca State Government and an “M” from the Tourism Ministry presented by the previous Secretary of Tourism, Gloria Guevarra. The “M” is for “Modern,” but obtaining it requires exhaustive training and inspection.

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Each room and suite has its own look and feel. Keeping true to its historical roots, heavy wood furniture is accented with Mexican handicrafts, bursts of color and fresh flowers. The suites have big, comfortable beds and plenty of space. Everything feels special here. We were in Oaxaca celebrating my 50th birthday, so when we checked in, our bed was adorned with rose petals spelling out “Feliz Cumpleaños” (Happy Birthday).  It was such a nice touch. There are small tables and chairs just outside your door are the ideal place to sip some coffee and take in the beauty of the garden and grounds. If you need a bit more pampering, stop into the Le Petit Spa for a memorable massage or refreshing facial. Or, take a spiritual journey in the temazcal. A “temazcal” is a traditional Mexican steam bath similar to the Native American sweat lodge. Los Laureles has a small one on the property that will fit three people. Ask at the spa for details.

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Though there are plenty of wonderful restaurants in Oaxaca, I must say that one of the finest in town can be found at the hotel – Los Cipreses. Upon our arrival, we were greeted with a candlelit table set in the garden and treated to an extraordinary meal. In fact, we were so impressed with the service and the food that we ate dinner on the property two out of the three nights of our stay. Chef Horacio Reyes is brilliant. Offerings range from the tasty Camarones a la Oaxaqueña (Oaxacan style shrimp with onion, garlic, mushrooms, tomato, mezcal and white wine) and an expertly prepared Filete de Res del Bosque (Filet mignon with mushrooms and herbs) to the amazing Ensalada de Nopales (sliced cactus with peeled tomatoes, onions and avocado) and the Canasta de Chapulines al Cilantro (basket of grasshoppers with coriander, garlic, onion tomato with guacamole and tortillas). Yes, I said “grasshoppers.” They are a very famous dish in Oaxaca and a “must try.” Don’t worry, you will be pleasantly surprised! In addition, the Chef offers cooking classes that will give you insight into these unforgettable dishes.

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During our stay, their was a private birthday party being set  up. The tent and tables were festive and flawless. The hacienda is well known for hosting special events, meetings and gorgeous weddings. If you’re looking for an intimate and off-the-beaten-path place for your ceremony, you might want to add Los Laureles to your consideration list.

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 The hacienda is also a premiere location to use as a jumping off spot to explore the region. The front desk can call for a taxi for trips in and out of the city and arrange any kind of tour (private or group) with an English-speaking driver/guide. Be sure to study up on the area so you know what you’d like to see, but I would certainly recommend the archeological sites of Monte Albán and Mitla, and the artisan village of San Martin Tilcajete.

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My return trip to Oaxaca and Hacienda Los Laureles was outstanding. The service was brilliant, the room was perfect and I felt as if I was coming home. This is a place I know I will return to again and again and I know it will always be magical. For more information contact Sylvie Laitre at Mexico Boutique Hotels (sylvie@mexicoboutiquehotels.com ).