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Toward foodie tourism routes and appreciation of intangible cultural heritage in México: Gastronomía Mexicana 2016

by Ron Mader

On the road toward the World Forum on Mexican Gastronomy, aka el Foro Mundial de la Gastronomía Mexicana (FMGM), November 24-27 in Mexico City.

Key Links

http://www.ccgm.mx/ccgm
@FMGM15

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Good News For Acapulco’s Hotels and Beaches

The destination of Acapulco recently announced the recognition of two local hotels for their quality, safety and service. Representing the destination’s continued evolution as a leading touristic destination, the latest honors were awarded to Mundo Imperial Resort, a AAA Four Diamond property. Two of Acapulco’s beaches were also recognized for their appeal and cleanliness with the prestigious Blue Flag eco-award.

“We are thrilled that premiere hotels and distinct beaches have been recognized by prestigious international groups,” said Pedro Haces, president of the Acapulco Destination Marketing Office. “These accolades are a testament to Acapulco’s position as an ideal destination for travelers from all walks of life, including families and couples, seeking an unmatched beach holiday in an attractive, friendly and safe world-class destination.”

Acapulco’s Mundo Imperial Resort is less than two years old, but it has already made its mark as a top destination for travelers seeking the finest facilities and service. The latest award came in Spring 2016 from the American Automobile Association (AAA). The group gave the resort the esteemed Four Diamond ranking after onsite inspections demonstrated that the property had met the organization’s superior standards.

Mundo Imperial Resort in Acapulco joins an exclusive club of 152 hotels in Mexico that share the Four Diamond rating and is the third property in Acapulco to achieve the coveted certification. The destination is also home to two additional Four Diamond hotels, Las Brisas Acapulco and The Grand Mayan Acapulco, and one Five Diamond resort, the Banyan Tree Cabo Marques. Likewise, The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences bestowed the Five Star Diamond Award to Hotel Encanto thanks to its iconic architecture and the warmth and quality of its service.

The AAA organization ranks approximately 28,000 hotels annually in Canada, the United States and Mexico. A Four Diamond rating is given to refined, stylish hotels with extensive amenities, excellent hospitality and superb attention to detail, which places Mundo Imperial Resort in distinguished company.

Beyond Acapulco’s hotels, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) has added two of Acapulco’s beaches, Revolcadero II and Icacos II, to its well-known eco-rating system, the Blue Flag program. Revolcadero II is popular among surfers searching for big Pacific swells. Icacos II is a family-friendly beach among locals and international travelers alike.

26 beaches in Mexico meet the FEE’s strict standards. Beaches in the Blue Flag program must meet more than 30 separate requirements. The standards include water quality, environmental care, teaching and security. Blue Flag has operated since 1985 and is now active in 48 countries.

Attractions in Acapulco

Acapulco is a quintessential destination that provides fun and unmatchable weather for the entire family. The beaches are ideal for lazing in the sun or getting out on the water. The city is also filled with history and legendary glamour. The colonial-era Fort of San Diego, now the most renowned museum filled with thousands of years of history in Acapulco, is an essential part of the destination’s architecture and a must-visit landmark.


La Quebrada, home to Acapulco’s world-famous cliff divers has become a symbol of the city that is as popular today as it was half a century ago. And you’ll never go hungry. Acapulco has a busy restaurant scene that blends five hundred years of Mexican culinary traditions and a global array of flavors. All of this and more make Acapulco the must-visit beach destination in Mexico.

 For more information about events, news and reservations visit www.visitacapulco.travel.

Fairmont Expands in Mexico With New Hotel and Residential Development in the Riviera Nayarit

Fairmont Costa Canuva will be the centerpiece of a gorgeous new beachfront village along the pristine and increasingly popular Riviera Nayarit

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Luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Mota-Engil Tourismo today announced the development of a new 250-room luxury hotel and additional private residences along the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.

The sparkling new Fairmont Costa Canuva is slated to open in late 2018 and will reside within the new master-planned seaside community, “COSTA CANUVA”, on the Riviera Nayarit. The Costa Canuva development is set along miles of pristine beach, just north of Punta Mita and approximately 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

Costa Canuva, with more than 4.3 miles of shoreline and 630 acres of beach, estuary and mountains, will offer five hotels, including the Fairmont, and will be ideal for all types of travelers. It will also present residential ownership opportunities within the beachfront village with 2,500 residential units, including some designed by the renowned Artigas Arquitectos firm.

The development will also have an exclusive golf course designed by Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa, with this being the first course created by the Mexican golfing champion. Two of the holes will present spectacular sea views to guarantee an unforgettable playing experience. Furthermore, an extensive list of activities will be available at Costa Canuva. Families will be able to experience a blend of sea and mountain and enjoy paddle surfing, more than 20 kilometers of cycling tracks designed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), and a canopy park including ziplines, among others.

These will come together as part of a masterful design to respect and enjoy the beauty and luxury of the venue, as is a tradition in projects overseen by famed urban planner, Mario Lazo.
“We are delighted to be at the forefront of establishing the new Costa Canuva community in this thriving and beautiful region,” said Kevin Frid, president, Americas for Fairmont’s parent company, FRHI Hotels & Resorts. “From the Riviera Maya to the Riviera Nayarit, we are positioning Fairmont to deliver our unique brand of luxury and genuine hospitality at Mexico’s most sought-after destinations.”

The Riviera Nayarit stretches for 51,800 hectares along the Pacific Ocean and offers a coastal lifestyle similar to that of California, while sharing the same latitude as Hawaii, providing a temperate yet tropical climate that can be enjoyed all 365 days of the year. Costa Canuva will provide access to sailing, surfing, fishing expeditions, a PGA-level golf course and pristine beaches. It will also add to the offering that led Condé Nast Traveller UK to name the Riviera Nayarit as one of its 10 Destinations To Watch in 2015.

Fairmont Costa Canuva will join its sister property, Fairmont Mayakoba located in the Riviera Maya region, and expand Fairmont’s growing portfolio of highly sought after luxury vacation resorts around the world. The Fairmont Costa Canuva will also feature Fairmont-branded residences for those who wish to make their stay in Mexico more permanent. As primary dwellings or getaway retreats, these whole and fractional ownership homes can be enjoyed all year long and will become a legacy for generations to come.

The development of the Costa Canuva village represents a $1.8 billion USD investment in the region’s economy and is expected to create 6,000 direct jobs and 18,000 thousand indirect jobs locally. The project is being spearheaded by Portugal’s Mota-Engil, one of the largest construction and infrastructure management companies in Europe and the only Portuguese company in the World’s Top 100 Construction Companies, according to Engineering News-Record.
“We are thrilled that Fairmont has joined us in this exciting journey to share the paradise of Costa Canuva with the rest of the world,” said Rafael Lang, CEO of Mota-Engil Tourism. “Our goal is to create a true community, integrating our beachfront village with residential neighborhoods, golf course and lagoons. Not only do we look forward to welcoming international visitors to this wonderful region, but we are excited to create new opportunities for domestic tourists and the local people of the Riviera Nayarit.”

Fairmont Costa Canuva will feature 250 guestrooms and suites, including 40 Fairmont Gold rooms and Fairmont branded residences. It will also boast more than 22,000 square feet of meeting and event space, six restaurants and bars, an expansive outdoor swimming pool and a spectacular Willow Stream Spa encompassing nearly 13,000 square feet. A center for children and young adults, providing creative and active activities, will appeal to holidaying families.

As well as attracting luxury travelers and adventurous sun-seekers, the Fairmont Costa Canuva will benefit from its close proximity to the Sanctuary Convention Center, making it an ideal venue for corporate groups, conferences and social events.

About Fairmont

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic hotels in the world, including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company that operates more than 130 hotels and branded residential properties under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. For more information or reservations, please visit www.fairmont.com.
About Mota-Engil
The Mota-Engil group has flourished over the last 70 years, marked by a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in its ongoing quest for new horizons.

Mota-Engil is a multinational and diversified business group with highly recognized know-how throughout the construction and infrastructure management value chain. As a leader in Portugal and ranked among the 30 most important European companies in the construction sector, Mota-Engil is present in 3 continents and 22 countries across Europe, Africa and Latin America. It participates in more than 200 companies around the world while maintaining the same standards of rigor, quality and capacity that have distinguished it throughout its history.

Tianguis Turistico 2016 (Mexico’s Largest Tourism Conference) to be held April 25-28 in Guadalajara

The 41st Edition of Tianguis Turístico  will take place from April 25th – 28th in Guadalajara, Mexico. Tianguis Turístico is a world-recognized, highly professional and dynamic event which showcases each of Mexico’s exciting destinations, as well as its diverse offering of tourism products and services. banner_downloads The main objective of the Tianguis Turistico Mexico, is to encourage the promotion and marketing of Mexico’s tourism products and services, to allow Mexico to increase the flow of visitors from domestic and international markets, thereby showing the products, the offering and the diversity in regard to tourism that Mexico has to offer to the world. Tianguis Turistico Mexico is an important platform for the promotion of and business for Mexico with domestic and international buyers interacting, under the same roof for three days. The  entire Mexican tourism industry will be represented including: • Sun and Beaches • Culture • Luxury • Business • Adventure Tianguis Turístico Mexico 2016 will be celebrating its 41st edition. Please feel free to visit www.tianguisturisticomexico.com.mx periodically for ongoing updated news on the conference and scheduled events.

Hacking #Tianguis2015

by Ron Mader

The Tianguis Turistíco has begun in Mexico, the first time in Acapulco for many years. In 2015 the event promises to transmit press conferences via livestreaming video. Will there be access to presentations and press releases? What will will learn from this year’s event? What will we learn about the local host state, Guerrero?

For those hacking the event, use the Twitter hashtag #Tianguis2015 and let us know what we should pay attention.

I have fond memories of attending Mexico’s Tianguis Turistico, twice when I won the ‘Lente de Plata’ award for Planeta, but in more recent years I have found the Tianguis, like most travel trade shows, needs re-imagining. Compare and contrast:
itb (germany)
indaba (durban, south africa)
tianguis turistico (mexico)
trenz (new zealand)
wtm (london, england)

What do I find wrong with these events? Honestly, I see very few local voices articulated and amplified. We hear more from the ministers and consultants than from the business owners, the guides, the artisans and other locals who stand to benefit from tourism.

As I point out in Mexico Now, the tourism sector is undergoing a transformation that connects locals and visitors as never before. These are the stories we want and need to hear. If tourism trade shows are not delivering, we need to find a way to hack the events to put the spotlight on locals.


What we need from México #mexiconow

Buzzword Bingo: Hack

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360Retreats Launches in Mexico and the United States

The newest trend in travel includes retreats customized and styled for you. 360Retreats, located in Mexico and the US, create exciting experiences for companies and travelers who want to take their vacation one step further with a vacation for the mind, body and soul.
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360Retreats was born out of an idea to create customized retreats that fuel the body, ignite the soul and provide rich cultural experiences. But what sets 360 apart is that they not only plan and lead their own retreats, they plan retreats for companies so that the company can focus on their client or staff goals, all while 360 takes care of the rest. Retreats are no joke when it comes to benefits, but anyone who has planned and led one understands that they are complex logistical creatures. 360’s goal is to make it simple for you so that you can gain the maximum benefits!

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360 is receiving  requests  from a variety of potential partners including fitness studios, spas and companies interested in professional development retreats for their staff. Their geographical expertise crosses Mexico, so start thinking about what setting fits your needs. Perhaps a boutique hotel surrounded by the aqua blue Caribbean, an eco-chic cabaña with a lush tropical jungle view or a mountain retreat with morning hikes and hot springs on the daily agenda. Of course you are wondering about their fees…. Well, get this – if you partner with 360 you will pay nothing and possibly even earn money depending on your arrangement and needs! It’s simple and straight forward and starts with you filling out a questionnaire. Then expect a personal call from Molly or Katherine Fisher (360 co-founders and sisters) to start working on the details.

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Molly and Katherine also want to share their personal Mexico favorites with you, their treasured guest. Guests are bound to have their senses awakened with daily fitness classes, unique adventures such as a pyramid tour, a visit to a local hot springs, or a stand up paddle board session. And of course there are cultural activities that range from salsa dancing to preparing fresh local cuisine using native plants to creating an art piece with a local artisan. There is truly something for everyone!
Collage 9Whether on a Partner or Signature Retreat you can expect to experience another culture while reenergizing with fitness activities and indulging in fresh local food all while being surrounded by stunning and serene landscapes.  Molly and Katherine are excited to share their journey with you. You can read more about them and 360 on their blog.   — 360Retreats gives back a portion of their proceeds to further their mission.
Coming up:
July 23 – 28th, 2015       San Miguel de Allende         MX, Guanajuato
September 2015            Isla Mujeres                                 MX, Quintana Roo

For more information on 360Retreats please visit www.360retreats.com

Mexico Monday Hangout May 5

by Ron Mader

Google+ Hangout
May 5, 1030am Mexico City Mexico Monday

On Monday, May 5 please join us for a lively conversation in English, Spanish and a bit of Zapotec as we talk about travel, culture and conservation. We’ll share insights and practical tips from friends who live in Mexico in a candid hangout streamed live via YouTube. Comments and questions are welcome via our Google+ event page.

#MexMonday Hangout Cinco de Mayo