Safe In Mexico

Is Mexico Safe? has been in the news for years now, and we have talked about it here at Mexico Premiere many times. I don’t know who these guys are (Black Label Interactive?), but they have put together a good web site refuting many of the “danger” claims with facts and figures. This is getting a lot of play on social media sites, but if you can please help spread this around more. Mexico tourism is definitely coming back, but they need all the help they can get. http://howsafeismexico.com/

Suntech Powers Latin America with Largest Solar Field

30MW solar PV field doubles installed capacity in Mexico

WUXI, China, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) (“Suntech Holdings” or the “Company”), one of the world’s largest solar companies, today announced that it is supplying the photovoltaic modules for the largest solar power plant in Latin America, a 30MW plant in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

The 132,000 Suntech Ve and Vd panels will be installed by Martifer Solar, a Portugal-based fully-integrated solar company, on a 100-hectares site. Owned by Corporacion Aura Solar, the project is being developed by Gauss Energia, a leading Mexican energy project developer focused on renewable energy.

The project has strong financial support from Mexican local development bank NAFIN, and from the International Finance Corporation. It is Mexico’s first utility-scale solar project with a Power Purchase Agreement from Mexico’s federal power company.

E.L. McDaniel, Managing Director of Suntech America, said, “We are very excited to supply the panels for the largest solar field in Latin America. With Mexico’s excellent sunlight and strong renewable energy demand, we expect to see excellent growth of PV in the region.”

Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar, said, “The construction of Latin America’s largest PV plant confirms our best expectations for 2013. This is an emblematic project for Martifer Solar, in a region that, due to its irradiation characteristics, finds solar electricity as a viable and more competitive alternative, when compared with non-renewable energy sources. We consider Mexico as a key market in Martifer Solar’s internationalization strategy.”

Hector Olea, CEO of Gauss Energia, said, “Aura Solar is the first project of a larger initiative that aims to become a platform to develop utility-scale PV facilities in Mexico. With Mexico’s solar potential expected to reach around 2,000 MW by 2020, Aura Solar has broken ground in the PV sector, and it is paving the way for future projects in the field. We are quite satisfied to have worked with Suntech and Martifer on this project.”

The plant will have a production capacity of 82 GWh/year, equivalent to offsetting more than 60,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. The plant’s construction is scheduled to be completed in August 2013.

About Martifer Solar

Martifer Solar is present all over the world, focusing on Project Development, EPC, O&M and the distribution of PV modules and components, via its subsidiary MPrime.

The company is based in Portugal and has a presence in Europe (Spain, Italy, Greece, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Germany, Romania and Ukraine), North and Latin America (United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Ecuador), Africa (Cape Verde, Mozambique and South Africa) and Asia (India, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Japan).

According to Martifer Solar, in 2012 Martifer Solar’s revenues reached 230.8 million Euros and, to date, the company has implemented more than 400 MW of photovoltaic solar energy worldwide.

Martifer Solar is part of the Martifer Group, a multinational industrial group with around 3,000 employees focused on metallic constructions and solar energy. Martifer SGPS, SA is the holding company of the Group and has been listed on Euronext Lisbon since June 2007.

About Gauss Energia

Founded in 2004, Gauss is a leading business development firm, specialized in Mexico’s energy sector. Gauss’s activity focuses on the identification, development and structuring of investment opportunities.

Particularly, Gauss Energia has a wide experience in the development of renewable energy projects in Mexico. Its knowledge on the regulatory and commercial frameworks in the Mexican energy sector allowed Gauss to participate successfully on the structuring of projects over 300 MW with renewable energy sources.

About Suntech

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) produces solar products for residential, commercial, industrial, and utility applications. With regional operations in China, Switzerland, and the United States, and gigawatt-scale manufacturing worldwide, Suntech has delivered more than 25,000,000 photovoltaic panels to over a thousand customers in more than 80 countries. Suntech’s pioneering R&D creates customer-centric innovations that are designed to drive solar to grid parity against fossil fuels. Suntech’s mission is to provide everyone with reliable access to nature’s cleanest and most abundant energy source.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements, and includes the actual performance of the panels, the ability of the project to double Mexico’s installed PV capacity, and ability to generate 82GWh/year and offset more than 60,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Suntech’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Suntech does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Ryan Scott Ulrich
Public Relations and Investor Relations
Ph: +86-510-8531-8654
Email: ryan.ulrich@suntech-power.com

 

Time For ATMEX 2

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David Simmonds

 

Adventure Travel Mexico. Those three words can be interpreted differently by anyone. For many, traveling to Mexico is in itself an adventure, from slurping colorful umbrella cocktails at a 5-star resort to driving the back roads of the Sierra Madre – adventure is where you find it, often determined by your previous experiences or lack thereof. The first time you walk down a cobbled street in a pouring rain is an adventure, or straying into a local’s-only Mexico City cantina qualifies, as well. That lump in your throat is a sure sign.

I have personally driven tens of thousands of miles throughout Mexico and I can guarantee you, every day was an adventure. Entering a small Sierra Madre town on the back roads where few tourists go is an adventure qualifier, as is blowing a tire and remembering that you don’t have a spare or a jack. Ah, but thankfully you remembered the beer – some adventures are more fun than others.Webster defines Adventure as “an exciting or remarkable experience”. That sounds like a good appraisal of life itself, at least for those with the spirit to pursue the unusual. And it sure describes Mexico travel.

But for most people Adventure Travel is something all together different. Wikipedia calls it “a type of tourism, involving exploration or travel to remote, exotic and possibly hostile areas. This may include activities such as mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, mountain biking, rafting, zip-lining, paragliding and rock climbing.” And it is these more physical pursuits that make Mexico an obvious choice for your next great adventure. I was lucky enough last year to participate in the inaugural ATMEX, an event that brings buyers and sellers of Adventure Travel to Veracruz City so that they can then help introduce Adventure Travel Mexico to the world.  It was a fabulous several days with knowledgeable speakers preceded by a trip to the jungles of Veracruz for tent/bungalow camping at Mexico Verde where we white-water rafted, zip-lined, mountain biked and ate and slept extremely well. From there it was south to the lakeside town of Catemaco for a day of kayaking. Veracruz may be Mexico’s prettiest state, followed closely by Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima (yes, these are opinions).

Veracruz is rich with AT opportunities, but all of Mexico has their own regional focuses, from whale-watching in Baja to hiking remote barrancas in the Copper Canyon (tip: if you see illegal plants being grown, head the other direction). You could spend a lifetime exploring all of the different trips being offered, or by creating your own. Just make the effort…you won’t be disappointed.

The next ATMEX will again be in Veracruz August 14 – 17. If you are a travel professional you should consider attending. You can learn more here.

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Mexico Boutique Hotels Offers An Array of Elopement Packages for Couples That Can’t Wait to Say “I Do”

Intimate Weddings in Mexico

Weddings

 
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco  – If the thought of organizing a wedding for 150 friends and family sounds daunting or the budget is just out of reach, eloping is a practical yet romantic option for couples that can’t wait to say “I Do”. Mexico Boutique Hotels, a full-service online hotel collection, makes planning easy with on site concierges, customizable packages and hotels offering a number of elopement options across Mexico, an already popular destination for weddings.

Hacienda de los Santos – Alamos, Sonora.
Check into this lovingly restored 17th century hacienda set among six acres providing a number of options for an intimate ceremony, including the on-location chapel overlooking a sparkling pool. The Elopement package includes a civil ceremony set up with champagne, fresh in-room fruit and flowers, breakfast, lunch and four-course candlelit dinners for two on both days, with private serenade, wedding cake, photographer, and couples massage on your big day. Choose from an intimate two-night stay in the Hacienda Guest Room starting from $998 or the lavish Honeymoon Suite
starting at $1,406 or other individually unique accommodation options.

Las Palmas – Huatulco, Oaxaca.
This luxurious hotel overlooking Violin Bay, combines a Caribbean feel with Mexican detail in its five casitas and three villas. A wedding concierge will help organize everything from the ceremony, celebration, wedding license, airport transfers to flowers and photography. The Elopement package includes an indulgent couple’s hot stone massage, mud treatment, a romantic turndown service, and breakfast and dinner for two served on the private terrace adding to this already special occasion. The package for two guests for two nights in the best available accommodation starts at $1,000, and a wedding party of up to eight guests for two nights in a villa accommodation, starts at $2,300.

Hacienda San Angel – Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
The restored classic Vallarta-style houses overlooking Banderas Bay at Hacienda San Angel offer charm and style for the sophisticated bride and groom. Couples can exchange vows in the open-air Puerta del Cielo chapel offering spectacular views of the bay for a picturesque ceremony. The “Elopement at Hacienda San Angel” package includes a gourmet dinner accompanied by a Mariachi serenade, photography, airport transfers, flowers, wedding cake, daily
breakfast and a romantic turndown service including chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling wine. The package for two guests for two nights in the Presidential Suite starts at $5,575.

Viceroy Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo.
This seaside refuge is hidden in the small village of Playa Xcalacoco and offers a serene and truly intimate setting for an elopement. The luxury resort’s guest experience is infused with the traditions of the ancient Mayans, and the ceremony is no exception. An authentic shaman from a long lineage of Yucatan shamans conducts the Mayan Kamnicté Wedding, where couples fully embrace a new union together.  The beach gazebo ceremony is followed by a romantic three-course dinner on the pier overlooking the water, decorated with Mayan inspired flowers, torches and music.  The Mayan Elopement Package includes the above and two nights in a spacious luxury villa with private plunge pool starting at $1,485.

Hacienda Xcanatun – Merida, Yucatan.
Privately owned and operated, this 18th-century hacienda was restored over a course of five years to revamp the Old World colonial style with luxury amenities.  Meet with the romance coordinator to find the perfect location for the ceremonial Maya Wedding Blessing, with plenty of options to choose from across the nine acres of tropical gardens, or opt for the charming chapel.  A celebration and special keepsake follows the blessing, and couples can enjoy fine dining at the renowned Casa de Piedra restaurant.  The package includes all ceremony coordination, flowers, photography, wedding cake, and luxury airport transfers as well as a couples hot stone massage at the holistic spa and turndown service pre or post ceremony.  The package for two guests for two nights in a suite of your choice starts at $2,200.

About Mexico Boutique Hotels:
Established in 1999, MBH is a collection of upscale, independent member properties (located in 25 destinations throughout Mexico) handpicked for their intimacy, high level of service and outstanding attributes. Some are housed in exquisitely restored buildings, others are paeans to Mexican cuisine, still others showcase the sleekly modern but they each encourage guests to savor the many fascinating traditions of this vast country, and all offer guests a unique travel experience. Typically less than 30 rooms in size, they are often destinations unto themselves. Based in Puerto Vallarta, MBH is staffed by an experienced team of multicultural and multilingual travel and hospitality professionals who both live and work in Mexico. For more information visit http://www.hotelesboutique.com/en/  or email Sylvie@mexicoboutiquehotels.com

 

 

Track That Hurricane

David Simmonds

Well, we are entering my favorite time of the year in Mexico – hurricane season! I kid only slightly, as I do like the rainy/mosquito/humid months in Mexico more than any other. The sunsets become a vibrant 60’s flashback, everything turns from brown to green, and tourism takes a little bit of a break, leaving behind the twisted souls who find  peace in a violent rainstorm followed by an eerie stillness. There is really nothing like it.

There are a lot of good travel deals July – October as hotels understand that some money is better than no money (although much of Mexico travel in August). So if you are looking for a good price at a nice resort or independent hotel this is a good time to start searching the web. And you should also find one or two good hurricane tracker web sites just in case one starts to blow on your travel dates. Just type hurricane tracker into your search engine and you’ll find numerous sites. With enough warning you may even be able to cancel your trip with little or no penalty…or you can go ahead and take your chances.

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
Jim Rohn

Mexico Boutique Hotels Adds Six New Properties to Its Curated Collection

From Art Centric to Eco Escapes,
Mexico Boutique Hotels Adds Six New Properties to Its Curated Collection

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco (June 25, 2013) – Mexico Boutique Hotels, a full-service online hotel collection has added six new hotels to its already extraordinary and eclectic mix of properties.  MBH now boasts 35 properties in its curated collection, with plans for additional members in the coming months.

Art: La Casa del Atrio – Queretaro: Situated on a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the converted 19th century home, La Casa del Atrio, the epicenter of art and culture in Queretaro. As avid art collectors, the owners curate each of the six suites with works of art for an in-room gallery experience.  The hosts are ambassadors of the destination with a range of recommendations of nearby attractions like museums, architecture, parks, and restaurants. View the hotel

 La Casa del Atrio

Beach: Las Palmas Resort – Huatulco: Las Palmas is perched on a cliff with unparalleled views of Violin Bay to one side and Santa Cruz Bay to the other.  Three private villas and five casitas comprise this subtle, refined beach resort with amenities including meals prepared daily by the in house chef.  Remote beaches are nearby and accessible by boat for those looking to explore the locale.  View the hotel

Las Palmas

 

Cuisine: Chantli Mare – La Manzanilla, Jalisco: Chantil Mare is the ultimate intimate escape highlighting beach culture and cuisine. The beach is exclusive to guests, and with only six rooms privacy is easy to find.  With a gourmet menu inspired by the culture of La Manzanilla, Canadian Chef Greg Couillard creates culinary treats, from rustic Mexican lasagna to Vietnamese style shank steak.  View the hotel 

Chantli Mare

 Eco: Argovia Finca Resort – Tapachula, Chiapas: A self-sustaining eco resort, Argovia Finca is a rustic retreat with a diversified agricultural concept that is sure to both educate and fascinate.  Its ten accommodations, a mix of cabins, bungalows, rooms and suites all have unique regional design elements with organic amenities, and located across the property’s nature reserve.  Playing host to both coffee and flower plantation, the breathtaking landscape and cultural medley make for a truly unique Mexico visit.  View the hotel

Argovia Finca Resort

Charm: Hotel Casa Mateo –  San Sebastian Bernal: The sleepy village of San Sebastian Bernal is the go-to spot for city dwellers to wind down.  Quiet and quaint, the seven suites are outfitted for weekend getaways or extended stays with a choice of three venues to enjoy your meals, or opt for room service.  Hotel Casa Mateo is easily accessible from both Mexico City and Queretaro. View the hotel

 Casa Madero

Style: La Casa del Naranjo – Queretaro La Casa del Narajo is a true boutique experience in more ways than one.  This intimate hotel blends antiques with modern style throughout the public spaces and guest rooms, where any of the design elements can be purchased as a truly unique souvenir.  The amenities and aromas are integral parts of the experience as well, with fruit trees across the property and the best orange juice in town – which is no coincidence. View the hotel

La Casa del Naranjo

To experience these or any of Mexico Boutique Hotels’ stylish properties, call 1.855.223.6061 (US and Canada) or visit www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com.

About Mexico Boutique Hotels: Established in 1999, MBH is a collection of upscale, independent member properties (located in 26 destinations throughout Mexico) handpicked for their intimacy, high level of service and outstanding attributes. Some are housed in exquisitely restored buildings, others are paeans to Mexican cuisine, still others showcase the sleekly modern but they each encourage guests to savor the many fascinating traditions of this vast country, and all offer guests a unique travel experience.  Typically less than 30 rooms in size, they are often destinations unto themselves. Based in Puerto Vallarta, MBH is staffed by an experienced team of multicultural and multilingual travel and hospitality professionals who both live and work in Mexico.