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Mazatlan Welcomes 18,000 New Visitors With the Return of Three Major Cruise Lines in 2013/2014

“The Pearl of the Pacific” rolls out the red carpet to kick off its first cruise season in two years, showcasing a new cruise terminal and exciting tourism offerings

 MAZATLAN, Mexico, /PRNewswire/ — Mazatlan announced today the return of the first of three major cruise lines to its port, welcoming more than 1,300 passengers on Holland America’s ms Veendam ship. Governor Mario Lopez Valdez of the State of Sinaloa as well as Dr. Frank Cordova, Sinaloa’s Secretary of Tourism, greeted passengers at a brand new cruise terminal complete with music and dance performances. With the return of ships from Norwegian Cruise Lines and Azamara Club Cruises in December and February respectively, more than 18,100 cruise visitors will have the chance to experience Mazatlan during the 2013-2014 season.


“As Mexico’s only ‘Colonial City on the Beach,’ Mazatlan is a one-of-a-kind travel destination, and we are thrilled to share our beaches, arts, history and food with this season’s cruise visitors and the thousands of visitors for years to come,” said Secretary Cordova.

Like the ms Veendam, the Norwegian Star and Azamara Quest will bring visitors to Mazatlan as part of their Mexican Riviera tours. The Norwegian Star will arrive in Mazatlan on December 25, 2013, and the Azamara Quest will make its first stop on February 1, 2014.

Cruise passengers can visit the new “tourism corridor” between the new Port and Old Mazatlan, catch a show at the historic Angela Peralta Theater, stroll through the remodeled Plaza Machado or dine at one of dozens of world-class restaurants featuring all of the dishes that make Mazatlan “The Shrimp Capital of the World.” Visitors can explore these aspects and more by strolling along the beautiful Malecon boardwalk—the longest in North America—or by taking a ride in an iconic “pulmonia,” an open-air taxi exclusive to the city.

For more information on visiting Mazatlan, visit

Mexico Unveils “Live It To Believe It” Campaign at the Tower of London

Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism and the Mexico Tourism Board yesterday unveiled the country’s new 2013-2014 advertising and promotional program titled “Live It to Believe It” at the Tower of London.

Mexico Unveils "Live It To Believe It" Campaign at the Tower of London

The campaign aims to take destination advertising to another level and to portray Mexico as a destination of diverse and unique experiences. Through visual imagery, it powerfully showcases the country’s wide diversity, culture, nature, flavours, history, innovation and state-of-the-art destinations, in the form of memories.

“Live It to Believe It” challenges the world when considering Mexico as a destination. It is aspirational, elegant and created to evoke memories through visitors’ experiences.

The destinations showcased in the first phase of the campaign are: Vallarta-Nayarit, shown together as a single destination for the first time; Mexico City, depicting the exciting cosmopolitan, vibrant and modern city, with its strong sense of history; amongst other destinations like Yucatan, Los Cabos and Cancun-Riviera Maya.

Mexico’s new promotional program incorporates a robust media plan geared, for the first time, towards the consumer. It includes all media communication platforms and was officially presented to more than 300 representatives of the national and international tourism industry, travel agents, associations, hotel chains, tour operators and special guests, hosted by: Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Claudia Ruiz Massieu; the Embassy of Mexico to the United Kingdom; and Rodolfo López Negrete, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board.

Volaris launches four new routes from Cancun to San Luis Potosi, Hermosillo, Mexicali and Veracruz

  MEXICO CITY, Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Volaris, the airline with the best airfares and deals in the country, launched 4 new routes from Cancun, Quintana Roo to the cities of San Luis Potosi, Hermosillo, Mexicali and Veracruz.

In this way, Volaris establishes its leadership in one of the most important touristic centers in the country, with 15 domestic destinations from this city. The routes San Luis Potosi – Cancun, Hermosillo – Cancun and Veracruz – Cancun, are now operating, while the Mexicali – Cancun route is scheduled to start operations on December 12 th.

Enrique Beltranena, Volaris’ CEO, pointed out that Cancun is one of the top 5 touristic destinations in the country, this is why it is important to expand the routes to and from that city: “With our point to point travel strategy, we offer the possibility of more cities traveling nonstop to Cancun and more people enjoying all the attractions of the city at excellent prices”.

Beltranena added: “We are committed to offer our Customers the best traveling options in one of the youngest aircraft fleet of the Americas while delivering the outstanding service that distinguishes us. By having the best airfares, Customers will no longer have to spend hours on a bus to get to Cancun”.

Customers interested in flying between the new routes, may do so in the following schedules and frequencies:

San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi – Cancun, Quintana Roo. Wednesday and Saturday.

  • Departing from San Luis Potosi at 11:00 hrs., arriving to Cancun at 13:20 hrs
  • Departing from Cancun at 08:00 hrs., arriving to San Luis Potosi at 10:35 hrs

Hermosillo, Sonora – Cancun, Quintana Roo. Wednesday and Saturday

  • Departing from Hermosillo at 17:35 hrs., arriving to Cancun at 22:15 hrs
  • Departing from Cancun at 13:55 hrs., arriving to Hermosillo at 17:10 hrs

Veracruz, Veracruz – Cancun, Quintana Roo. Thursday and Sunday

  • Departing from Veracruz at 15:25 hrs., arriving to Cancun at 17:20 hrs
  • Departing from Cancun at 13:05 hrs., arriving to Veracruz at 15:00 hrs

Mexicali, Baja California – Cancun, Quintana Roo .
(From December 12 th, Thursday and Sunday)
     Departing from Cancun at 18:00 hrs., arriving to Mexicali at 21:00 hrs
(From December 13 th, Monday and Friday)
     Departing from Mexicali at 01:50 hrs., arriving to Cancun at 08:00 hrs

Tickets are available for purchase at prices that will make you travel through all of our sales channels:, our Mexico Call Center at 01-800-122-8000 and authorized travel agencies.

About Volaris
Volaris (BMV: VOLAR and NYSE: VLRS) is an ultra low cost airline based in Mexico. With a highly efficient business model based on providing ultra low cost travel and highly efficient operations to offer competitive pricing and drive demand, Volaris aims to provide outstanding levels of high quality services. Volaris targets travelers who seek competitive prices and who travel for leisure or business purposes, or to visit family and friends in Mexico and specific US destinations. The carrier’s pricing strategy, based on providing a complete offering of ancillary services, enables Volaris to offer ultra low fares and travelers to choose and specifically pay for a wide range of optional services. Volaris’ mission is to provide passengers with the highest standards of quality customer service at an affordable price. Since beginning their operations in March 2006, Volaris has increased its routes from an initial 5 to a current 96 and its fleet from 4 to 44 aircraft. Volaris currently operates over 200 daily flight segments on routes connecting 33 cities in Mexico and 13 cities in the United States with Mexico’s most modern airplane fleet. Among other recognitions, Volaris has received the prestigious ESR Award for Social Corporate Responsibility for three consecutive years.  For more information, please visit:

The First Mexican Whisky is Born!

The Best Spirit Company S.A. de C.V. announces that it is producing whisky in Mexico.

 AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico, Oct. 07, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Best Spirit Company S.A. de C.V. announces that it is producing whisky in Mexico and have obtained all permits and certification from the local government and the Ministry of Economy of Mexico.

“Our leading Brand ‘Williamson 18’ will be retailing at $8.00 per bottle in liquor stores in Mexico, and will be priced 20% cheaper than whiskies that are imported from the USA or Europe,” says Jose Luis Perez, General Manager of The Best Spirit company S.A. de C.V.

Williamson 18 is the answer to a very high demand that whiskies in general are having around the world, but at a very affordable price for the same quality as imported whiskies.



“Our Mexican Whisky ‘Williamson 18’ will also be exported to many countries around the world through a distribution network of class A liquor distributors who will take advantage of this novelty product.”

Williamson 18 is produced in the city of Aguascalientes Mexico in a brand new 5,000 square meters bottling plant equipped with brand new state of the art maceration tanks, distillation equipment and fully automatic bottling machines.

“Our plant is able to produce up to 200,000 cases per year of 700, 750 & 1,000 ml glass bottles; we anticipate the production to increase to 500,000 cases by the end of 2015 and 1 million cases of whisky in a can 355 ml.”

Whisky in a can is very affordable and will be exported all over the world, it is 100% recyclable and very light comparing to the glass bottle.

There was Scotch Whisky, American Whisky, Japanese whisky, now there is Mexican Whisky which is the new kid on the block. “This is a genuine MEXICAN WHISKY and it is a perfect product for mass market consumption,” says Jose Luis Perez.

Viva Mexico!

You can contact us at: The Best Spirits Company S.A. de C.V. Municipio de Tepezala # 113 Parque Industrial del Valle de Aguascalientes.
San Francisco de los Romo, Aguascalientes. C.P. 20355 MEXICO

Telephone No.+52 (449) 973 4486 E-mail:

Artist Wayne Hilton Announces Hermosos Huesos, a Traveling Art Installation Inspired by Dia de Los Muertos

Three-year national tour to launch with help of crowdfunding campaign

LAS CRUCES, N.M., Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — A lifelong passion for the Mexican culture and a fascination with the Dia de Los Muertos holiday led artist-designer Wayne Hilton to create the Hermosos Huesos project.

Hermosos Huesos, which poetically translates to beautiful bones, is a thirteen piece art installation featuring intricately hand-crafted, mixed-media figures called Las Calaveras Catrinas. These figures, a nod to famed Mexican illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada, have been created by Hilton from recycled, reclaimed and antique materials. Each Catrina stands 14 to 17 inches high and is portrayed in its own unique environment which is housed within an artistic case.

Hilton will officially launch Hermosos Huesos this Thursday, October 10th at a private event in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His first complete public installation will be unveiled just in time for this year’s Dia de Los Muertos holiday at the El Paso Museum of Art. Subsequent installations will be part of a traveling exhibit launching in 2014.

“As the project has grown, the importance of the education and outreach behind the work has become significant, almost as much as the art itself,” said Hilton. “Through this work, I want to both stimulate the observer and inspire the artist.”

Initially, the project was supported by Hilton’s own resources, but has since developed on a larger scale, garnering national press and interest from multiple museums around the nation, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Due to the interest and success of the project, Hilton will launch a 50-day crowdfunding campaign at Tax deductible donations will allow the project to begin its three-year nationwide tour beginning November 2, 2014—at the Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka, Kansas. The fundraising efforts will be used to underwrite a three-year museum tour, documentary film and book.

Contribution levels range from $10 to $25,000. Those who donate $35 or more will receive a special Catrina mask to participate in a social media campaign—50 States in 50 Days— where followers can post a photo wearing the mask using the #HermososHuesos hashtag for a chance to win official merchandise. Other donor incentives include: signed prints, tote bags, eco-friendly guitar picks, shirts and VIP tickets to the premier gala and showing of Hermosos Huesos.

Hermosos Huesos (“Beautiful Bones”) is a 13-piece traveling art installation created by designer Wayne Hilton. Drawing inspiration from 19th century illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada, Hilton has designed a collection of Calveras Catrinas figures–female skeletons–often associated with Dia de Los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”). The pieces are made from recycled, reclaimed and antique materials. Please visit or for more information and upcoming events.


“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.

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.

Grand Velas Nuevo Vallarta. Nayarit. Mexico.
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

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.


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