“Dancing With The Stars” Comes to the Riviera Nayarit: Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Presents Dancing Week with Louis Van Amstel From November 17-21

Morning LaBlast Dance Fitness classes, Daily Spa Treatments, Salsa classes and More

RIVIERA NAYARIT, Mexico, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Feel the rhythms, move your body and become a dancing star on the golden shores of AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit during the resort’s premier Dancing Week. From November 17 to 21, three-time World Dance Champion and “Dancing With The Stars” favorite, Louis Van Amstel will lead a program highlighted by four dance classes including three partner-free LaBlast dance fitness class and one salsa class led by Van Amstel and co-host Stephanie de Ortiz. Features include daily treatments in the Leading Spa of the World at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit designed to relax the mind and improve dance moves, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit culinary tour and group farewell dinner complete with live music at three different AAA Four Diamond restaurants. Also included are all of the features of this luxury all-inclusive resort and roundtrip airport transfers.

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All-inclusive rates include luxury accommodations in the Grand Class or Penthouse suite, guaranteed ocean view, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more. Dancing Week at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit starts at $410 per person, per night based on double occupancy and requires a minimum stay of three nights.

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At Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Dancing Week, guests will have fun and be pampered all in three days work beginning with the partner-free and easy to follow, LaBlast classes followed by daily spa treatments; Four-hand Samunprai, sports massage, and aromatic body wrap. Guests get to know Van Amstel and LaBlast more during the meet and greet then spend the night dancing to live music on the half-moon terrace. At the end of Dancing Week, a group farewell dinner gives guests an opportunity to show off their skills before heading home.

All packages are subject to availability. For reservations contact Velas Resorts at (888) 407-4869 or visit vallarta.grandvelas.com.

The Grand Mayan at Riviera Maya Hosts the Third Meeting of the Advisory Board of United Nations Development Program

 

RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The debate on the Regional Human Development Report 2013, ” Public Safety: The Key to Human Development in Latin America,” took place on August 30-31 at the Grand Mayan Riviera Maya.

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Grupo Vidanta, through the non-profit organization the Vidanta Foundation, co-organized and co-sponsored the event in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the government of Spain. This momentous event throughout Latin America and the Caribbean was attended by former ministers, former presidents and the highest authorities on security.

The event discussed measures to reduce the problem of violence and citizen insecurity, ensuring the participation of the three levels of government in the Latin American and Caribbean countries, in partnership with civil society, academia and international cooperation.

Heraldo Munoz, UN Under-Secretary General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP, was responsible for introducing the discussion on the safety report.

Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) addressed the vulnerabilities of the region on the issue of security and violence.

The map of the challenge faced by countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, from the academic point of view, will be addressed by Jorge Dominguez, President of the Harvard Academy for International Studies.

Regarding the subjects of most interest to the region, Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, detailed the impacts of uncertainty, an issue that is considered the primary concern of the population of Mexico and the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Oscar Naranjo, former General of the National Police of Colombia and Robert Russell, Chairman of the Vidanta Foundation, presented the report’s recommendations on how to address the problems of violence and crime in the short, medium and long term, in favor of society.

The Third Meeting of the Advisory Board was attended by personalities including: Former President of the Republic of Guatemala, Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Enrique Iglesias, Secretary General (SEGIB), Juan Ramon de la Fuente, President of the International Association of Universities and Daniel Chavez Moran, Founder of the Vidanta Foundation.

A special guest of the event was Roberto Borge, Governor of the State of Quintana Roo.

“Grupo Vidanta was honored to be the venue in which to discuss issues of global concern, as we believe that for entrepreneurs, it is a must to be key players in the solution and discussion of current issues that concerns us all,” said Eric DuBaele, Director of Hotel Operations for Grupo Vidanta.

About the Vidanta Foundation

Vidanta Foundation was created in 2005 under the auspices of Mr. Daniel Chavez Moran and has the mission to promote social sciences and culture in Latin American non-profits, and promote humanitarian values ​​and practices that will support reducing poverty and inequality in our region.

The essence of the Foundation and of this kind of recognition was born of Mr. Daniel Chavez Moran, who is also Founder and President of Grupo Vidanta. His career in the philanthropic world also dates to the interest of Mrs. Delia Moran who in 1988 created the foundation that today bears her name to support the disadvantaged.

Professor Delia Moran devoted her life to education as a teacher and was able to instill values ​​and principles to hundreds of students over decades that have left an imprint on the development of our country. It was a woman, wife, mother and teacher who was distinguished by her nobility, intelligence, values, deep culture, ethics, love, music and children. Renowned for taking action against inequalities of our society, Vidanta Foundation and Fundacion Delia Moran is currently chaired by Mr. Chavez Moran and both institutions have an active role in Mexico and Latin America through common initiatives aimed at reducing the levels of poverty and inequality in the region.

About Grupo Vidanta

Grupo Vidanta is an award-winning company known worldwide for its leadership in hotels and luxury resorts, championship quality golf courses, and tourism infrastructure, including Mexico’s first privately built international airport at Puerto Penasco. The company was founded in 1974 by Daniel Chavez Moran and now boasts an impressive portfolio of resort brands located among the most coveted coastal beach resorts in Mexico. These include Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Bliss, The Grand Mayan, Mayan Palace, Ocean Breeze and Sea Garden, with more under development. In addition, Grupo Vidanta’s real estate division, Mayan Island, has built and sold more than 2,000 vacation homes. The company has resort properties operating in Los Cabos, Nuevo Vallarta, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Puerto Penasco, Riviera Nayarit, and Mazatlan. For more information, please visit http://www.grupovidanta.com

 

Aeromexico Operates its First Flight from New York City to Mexico City with its Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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— Starting on September 24th, the carrier will operate one of its four daily flights between  New York and Mexico City with this new airplane

— The technological advances and configuration of the Boeing 787 will change the experience of flying, offering passengers greater comfort

— This new airplane is configured with 243 seats, 32 in Clase Premier (the Aeromexico Business Class) and 211 seats in the Economy Class cabin.

Leaving Mexico

by Ron Mader

On a personal note, I will be leaving México in November 2013. I’ve talked about exit strategies before, but now the time seems perfect to make the leap.

Que te vas y te vas y te vas y no te has ido.

So to make the move, here are a couple of things you should be on the look out for:

October 5: Worldwide Photo Walk Oaxaca

February 2014: Responsible Travel Week

September 2014: Las Vegas Mezcal Festival

While I change my 10 months in México, two months travel routine to far less time in México, I cannot imagine not using the social web and physical networking to connect my paisanos to the México I’ve come to know and love. So one of the ideas kicking around is creating a brand new series of events that connect food and drink, tours and crafts and allow the stars of Mexican travel experiences to shine. The culmination would be a festival in a year’s time.

Those interested in connecting and collaborating, please let me know.

#LeavingMX

From Vegas to the White Sandy Beaches of Mexico in 70 Minutes Non-Stop

AeroMexico Now Offers The Only Direct Flight from Las Vegas to Vacation Hotspot and Healing Destination Puerto Peñasco – So You Can Be Beachside on the Sea of Cortez In Just Over An Hour

KIRKLAND, Wash.,/PRNewswire/ — Puerto Peñasco in Mexico, also known as Rocky Point (http://cometorockypoint.com), is quickly becoming a hot spot – and it’s now accessible in just 70 minutes from Las Vegas thanks to a new direct flight from AeroMexico, with round-trip tickets starting at $300.

Why Puerto Peñasco? This small strip of land that joins the peninsula of Baja California with the rest of Mexico is known for its warm ocean waters, white sand beaches, fresh seafood and mesmerizing sunsets. This destination has long been nicknamed “Arizona’s Beach” because of its close proximity to Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma.

“For decades, Puerto Peñasco has been a favorite beach getaway for Arizonians, because it’s a safe and easy drive just 66 miles south of the Arizona border,” explained Javier Tapia Camou, the Secretary of Tourism in the state of Sonora.

Puerto Peñasco is also home to Regenerative Cellular Therapy (http://www.rctherapy.net), a state-of-the-art biomedical clinic located in the commercial center of the world-class Bella Sirena Resort (http://www.bellasirena.com). Patients from across the US – and as far as the UK, according to RCT CEO Hans Truesdell – come to RCT for its advanced remedies for Type 1 diabetes, arthritis, autistic spectrum, brain injuries and other incurable diseases. RCT’s unique, proven therapies use proteins and peptides, which carry genetically encoded information into a specific type of cell, to treat a specific disease. When the process is completed, the new gene makes functional protein to treat the disease.

“This works because the protein and peptide treatments we administer specifically target the type of cell that is affected,” explained Dr. Carmen Huerta, RCT Head Physician.  “The treatment is non-invasive and present no risks to the patient’s health or any negative secondary side effects.”

With the introduction of commercial flights into a new international airport http://www.aeropuertomardecortes.com, the opening of a world class convention center and the construction of the first homeport on the Pacific side of Mexico that will bring tourists from all over the world via cruise lines like Holland America – a trifecta that is sure to be a boon to the city and its economy – many more will soon discover Puerto Peñasco treasures.

To find out more about Puerto Peñasco, go to http://cometorockypoint.com, and read more about RC Therapy at http://www.rctherapy.net.

From Las Vegas to the white sandy beaches of Mexico in 70 minutes non-stop - AeroMexico now offers direct flights from Vegas to vacation hotspot/healing destination Puerto Penasco. This small strip of land that joins the peninsula of Baja California with the rest of Mexico is known for its warm ocean waters, white sand beaches, fresh seafood and mesmerizing sunsets. It has long been nicknamed "Arizona's Beach" because of its close proximity to Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma. It's also home to Regenerative Cellular Therapy, a state-of-the-art biomedical clinic located in the commercial center of the world-class Bella Sirena Resort. (PRNewsFoto/RC Therapy)
From Las Vegas to the white sandy beaches of Mexico in 70 minutes non-stop – AeroMexico now offers direct flights from Vegas to vacation hotspot/healing destination Puerto Penasco. This small strip of land that joins the peninsula of Baja California with the rest of Mexico is known for its warm ocean waters, white sand beaches, fresh seafood and mesmerizing sunsets. It has long been nicknamed “Arizona’s Beach” because of its close proximity to Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma. It’s also home to Regenerative Cellular Therapy, a state-of-the-art biomedical clinic located in the commercial center of the world-class Bella Sirena Resort. (PRNewsFoto/RC Therapy)

Festival Sayulita

David Simmonds

I first drove into the then small rustic town of Sayulita in the summer of 1970, shortly after the road had been paved from Tepic. The town wasn’t much – a few house, a small town center, a sweet break out front that no one was surfing, fishermen with their pangas, and mud in the streets – lots of mud. In other words, perfect.

About 30 years later it had been well-discovered by the travel and surf crowds and now they are hosting the first annual Festival Sayulita. It promises to be great fun with lots to do and see, and I may just have to make it. After all, it’s still a very special place. I’ll just have to make sure I’m not preaching to anyone who will listen “man, you should seen it…” Go here for more info http://www.banderasnews.com/1309/ent-festival-sayulita-january-16-18.htm