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Tourism on the Agenda

Today’s Travel News

The T20 meeting was held on May 15 and 16 in Merida, Yucatan.  At the forum, the Ministers of Tourism from the 20 most developed economies in the world discussed the topic of “Tourism: an Opportunity to Generate Jobs”.

This meeting was a lead up to the G20 Leaders Summit which will take place in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, on June 18 and 19. The objective of the T20 meeting is to devise proposals on how to better harness the tourism industry to fuel job creation.

Mexican Jockey Could Make Horse Racing History

By: Lisa Coleman

It’s no secret that I’m a big horse racing fan. My father starting taking me to the track when I was 12 years old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve been to the Kentucky Derby 22 of the last 25 years and it’s always an incredible thrill. On June 9th, a 25-year-old Mexican jockey named Mario Gutierrez (from Veracruz) and his mount,  I’ll Have Another,  are headed to the 144th Belmont Stakes bidding for the first Triple Crown since 1978 when Affirmed won thoroughbred racing’s biggest prize.

Gutierrez was riding in Mexico City when he was spotted by Terry Jordan, a Hastings Racecourse trainer who had gone to the track while on vacation. And the rest, as they say, is history. A virtual unknown a few months ago, Mario guided I’ll Have Another to Kentucky Derby and Preakness (read about it at http://mexicotoday.org/article/mario-gutierrez-looks-keep-triple-crown-hopes-alive-preakness-stakes ) victories and is focused on making history.
Viva Mario!
Viva Mexico!

Celebrated Mexican author Carlos Fuentes dies

He was, and will always be, a literary master.

On May 15th, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexican author and recipient of countless awards Carlos Fuentes died. Fuentes was one of the foremost representatives of the Latin American literary “boom.” When his novel La region mas transparente was first published on April 7th, 1958, public and critics alike established they had encountered a work that would leave an indelible impression in Mexican and world literature.

Carlos Fuentes wrote it all and said it all. He brought his readers into his narrative world even as he charted it. With the passing of time, the topography of this map—known as “La edad del tiempo” (The Age of Time)—changed, and its boundaries expanded until the inclusion of his last novel Federico en su balcon, soon to be published by his editorial house Alfaguara.

Carlos Fuentes’s work was not solely narrative; his oeuvre includes essays as well. In May of this year, Taurus will publish El siglo que despierta, a series of conversations between Carlos Fuentes and Ricardo Lagos; and in June, Alfaguara will publish Personas, an “inventory” of figures relevant to Mexico and the world—and to Fuentes himself.

Carlos Fuentes was born in 1928. A renowned intellectual and one of the foremost exponents of Mexican narrative, his vast body of work includes novels, short stories, plays, and essays. He was the recipient of numerous awards, among them: The Miguel de Cervantes Prize, 1987; the Ruben Dario Cultural Independence Order, granted by the Sandinista Government, 1988; the Instituto Italo-Americano Prize for Gringo viejo, 1989; the Principe de Asturias Award of Spain, 1994; Italy’s Cavour Award, 1994; UNESCO’s Picasso Medal, France, 1994; France’s Legion of Honor Award, 2003; the Roger Caillois Award, 2003; the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language Prize for En esto creo, 2004; the Cristobal Gabarron Foundation’s International Literature Prize, 2011, and the Formentor Literature Prize, 2011.

What grade would you give Mexico tourism officials?

by Ron Mader

Let me recycle something I recently wrote on Lonely Planet. Here’s a curious stat: There are 16 baseball teams in Mexico all of which have Facebook pages. There are 32 states in Mexico (including Mexico City not technically a state but let’s throw it in) and of these entities only 6 or so have real Facebook pages (not the profiles which have confused so many tourism officials). Frankly, the model of tourism information distribution is woefully obsolete. Mexican baseball league insisted that all of the teams become social media-savvy. And tourism? Not so much …

Today for example there is a big tourism conference taking place in the Riviera Maya. We can read about this online Twitter (hashtag #wttc2012) but there’s no live-streaming video.

What grade would you give Mexico tourism officials? I’d say in the past sexenio, it deserves an “F” as leaders have failed to provide answers to travelers and locals. There are exceptions, of course. I have found six states’ tourism offices on Facebook, including Oaxaca and Chiapas. That said, the vast majority of officials at the city, state and overseas branches use media and social media in particular as bullhorns, and that is the least effective means of engaging the audience, locals or visitors.

Don’t get me wrong. I’d give Mexico tourism an “A” for what is offered. What’s woefully behind the curve are the practices of tourism officials using a ‘business as usual’ model when the current climate is anything but usual.

Let me quote a speaker from a New Zealand conference (whom I happened to hear thanks to the miracle of livestreaming) which reflects the task at hand: “Our biggest challenge in digital literacy is moving organizations to a position where they can work with the community that is digitally enabled. ”

Let me extend a challenge. Before the end of May, please show me which state and city tourism offices have Facebook channels. Bonus points for the entities that use Twitter. Double bonus points for the examples in which officials respond and answer questions in a timely manner. Officials can improve, but they may need encouragement from locals and visitors, so that the communication flows in two directions. Mexican baseball has figured out how to engage its fans. Hopefully, Mexican tourism can take a few pages out of this playbook.

Digital Literacy #NetHui  Our biggest challenge in digital literacy is moving organizations to a position where they can work with the community that is digitally enabled.

Ustream Guerreros TV en VIvo 03.2012

Mexi-GO! Travel and Trade Expo 2012 in Vancouver

Canadians are flocking to Mexico

April 24th, 2012 │ VANCOUVER BC, CANADA.- Partnering with ProMexico, Mexico Tourism Board and the Mexican Consulate, Mexi-GO! (Mexi-Go Properties Inc. and Canadian Marketing Strategies S. de R.L de CV) will hold a two-day tradeshow in downtown Vancouver, BC that will showcase travel and business opportunities in Mexico to a 10,000 strong Canadian audience. Held during the Fourth Annual MexicoFest event (www.mexicofest.ca) the Mexi-Go! Travel & Trade Expo is a unique event that brings travel, art and craft, food, music, business and real estate opportunities to Canadians at home before they make their travel plans.

Held on September 7th and 8th, 2012 on the waterfront in downtown Vancouver in the new state-of-the-art Vancouver Convention Centre. Exhibitors and attendees will enjoy a spectacular setting and an informative, fun-filled two days.

Canada is Mexico’s second largest trading partner; sees over 1.7 million Canadian travelers each year and is Canada’s number one international retirement destination. With the coming of age of the Baby Boomer generation it is expected that over one million Canadians will retire to Mexico on a part-time or full-time basis in the next fifteen years. The Canadian traveler spends more time and more money in Mexico than any other nationality.

Mexi-Go! is a Canadian and Mexican partnership that offers comprehensive online marketing solutions to businesses looking to increase their Canadian market share through publications, direct marketing and events. For more information on the Mexi-GO! Travel & Trade Expo email joel@mexi-go.ca

Exhibitor, sponsorship and speaking opportunities are available. www.mexi-go.ca

Contact:
Veronica Rivas
Marketing and Public Relations
Veronica@mexi-go.ca, 778-996-2845

Mexico’s best tourism fair of the year is #ExpoFONAES2012

by Ron Mader

Mexico’s best tourism fair of the year is … not a tourism event per se but rather a ginormous expo of local folk and craft. Hosted by FONAES, the eponymous Expo FONAES is taking place now and over the weekend at Mexico City’s Palacio de los Deportes.

Check out the developing story on Storify!

Elephants and other Folk Art in Mexico City 03.2012 #ExpoFONAES2012

COMING SOON: First Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival

Join us March 15-18, 2012 for the First Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival. Alternating yearly between Cancun and the Riviera Maya, we will delight our guests on two great beach and resort destinations.

The Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival 2012 will hold over 30 innovative events for lovers of wine, food, music and culture in Cancun:

  • Celebrity Chef and Winemaker Dinners
    Including two tributes dinners:
    One to Mexico, designated by UNESCO as “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”
    The other to world-celebrated chef Ferran Adrià
  • Luxury Catamaran Cruise and Private Beach Club Dinner
    Join Master Mixologist Junior Merino on a luxurious catamaran cruise followed by a private beach club dinner lunch
  • Exclusive 90+ Wines and Spirits Tastings
    The best wines and spirits from Spain, USA, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile
  • Exciting Cooking Demonstrations
    Given by celebrity chefs from Canada, the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru
  • American Express Gourmet Tasting Village
    Walk through our Village and taste signature dishes from some of the best restaurant Chefs, paired with wines and spirits. Delight your palate with gourmet company products including coffees, ice creams, chocolates and more…
  • Closing Latin Grill Fiesta
    Meet the best Argentinian & Brazilian Grill Chefs “Parrilladas” and enjoy a fiesta featuring surprise entertainment and fireworks.
  • Cancun After-Dark Parties
    Sample the best tequilas, vodkas, martinis, tapas and sinful desserts; all while moving to the rhythms created by a top DJ, to take you late into the night

To enhance your personal experience, we are limiting the number of participants at each event, facilitating interaction between guests and celebrity chefs.

Combine the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival with a travel destination that no other festival can match: World class beaches, awesome Mayan sites, Spanish haciendas and colonial villages, magical underground pools “cenotes”, snorkeling or diving at the world’s second largest barrier reef, high seas fishing, ecological parks and pristine islands, fun adventure tours for all ages, an easily accessible airport, and a wide variety of hotels for all budgets.

The Festival is committed to giving back to our community. The beneficiary for year one is the Ciudad de la Alegria – The City of Joy. We will be supporting its goal to empower disadvantaged children, victims of violence and care for the elderly.

Join us in Paradise March 15-18, 2012!