Acapulco, MEXICO (February 11, 2010)—It’s that time of year again, when MexicoPremiere.com sends out its yearly shout-out through the blogosphere for participants in the annual Nick Gallo Award. Created in 2008 to honor award-winning freelance writer Nick Gallo, the award has become a flashpoint for Mexico travel writers from across the globe.
Last year’s winner, Dan Millington, flew off to Puerto Vallarta and enjoyed a stay at the gorgeous Hotel des Artistes, courtesy of MexicoPremiere.com partners Aeromexico and Mexico Boutique Hotels. “It was truly amazing—one of the best vacations we’ve ever enjoyed,” said Dan. “But no matter how many great memories my wife and I created during our stay, we’re keeping one very important one alive and well: that of our good friend and colleague, Nick Gallo. The fact that his wife actually created the award plaque made it even more poignant. It holds a place of honor in our home.” Millington, a Southern California native, has provided creative writing and photography to the publishing, advertising, and travel industries for more than 15 years. As a writer/photographer Dan has contributed to many publications such as, Moon’s Baja Handbook, AAA’s Mexico TravelBook, Fodor’s Yucatán Gold Guide, Departures Magazine, Caribbean Travel & Life Magazine, Orange County Magazine, and Horizon Air Magazine. His photography of Mexico and Africa has also been featured in a variety of newspapers.
The award was handed out during the Mazatlán Hotel Association’s yearly breakfast, held at Mexico’s famed Tianguis Marketplace event in Acapulco. “We were very proud to be among such distinguished company for the award ceremony and can’t thank our wonderful partners enough,” said Lisa Coleman, founding partner of MexicoPremiere.com. “The support of Mexico Boutique Hotels and Aeromexico has been invaluable in helping this award become an important part of Mexico’s tourism industry.”
“We want to celebrate freelance writers who, like Nick, captured the essence of the many wonders Mexico has to offer,” said David Simmonds, also a founding partner of MexicoPremiere.com. “Nick’s family has come together with us on this important celebration of his life’s work, and we hope to welcome them again in Acapulco when it’s time to hand over the award to this year’s winner.”
The 2010 Nick Gallo Award will be handed out during SECTUR’s Tianguis convention, held from April 25-28 in the Acapulco International Center. This is Mexico tourism’s premier event, a gathering that brings together not only the industry’s buyers and providers, but also a brilliant roster of international and local travel journalists. The winner of the 2010 Nick Gallo award will receive an engraved plaque created by Laurie Brown-Gallo plus a three-night stay for two in a participating Mexico Boutique Hotel property, including air from a U.S. gateway. Entry guidelines will post soon and entries are only open to freelance writers based in the United States and Canada. For more information and details, visit http://www.mexicopremiere.com/.
About Nick Gallo
Nick Gallo, two-time winner of the Mexico Tourism Board’s prestigious Pluma de Plata award, regular contributor to such prestigious titles as Travel & Leisure, Alaska Airlines Magazine, United Airlines Hemispheres, Private Clubs, Northwest Airlines WorldTraveler, father, husband and matchless colleague, passed away iin October 2007 while on assignment in Greece. A touching in memoriam written by fellow writers can be found at www.MexicoPremiere.com/?p=256.
Founded by freelance travel writers David Simmonds, Lisa Coleman and Lydia Gregory—and now home to a cadre of even more award-winning talent—MexicoPremiere.com has become a meeting place for those looking to read and write about every aspect of everything Mexico. From tourism and gastronomy to bullfighting and politics (not necessarily in the same sentence), visitors to this one-of-a-kind blog will find unvarnished commentary and differing points of view. In the spirit of tooting their own horn, the folks at MP would like you to know that travel king Arthur Frommer himself gave us kudos http://www.frommers.com/blog/2007/10/if-youre-mexicophile-youll-want-to.html. Check them out in person at http://www.mexicopremiere.com/
About Mexico Boutique Hotels:
Established in 1999, MBH is a collection of 46 upscale, independent member properties (located in over 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.
Book any of Mexico Boutique Hotels’ stylish properties by calling 1-800-728-9098 (US and Canada) or visiting http://www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com/.
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