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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

August 12 #MexMonday Travel Hangout

by Ron Mader

Planeta.com’s next #MexMonday Travel Hangout takes place Monday, August 12, from 4-5pm Mexico City time and will focus on Mexico. Planeta’s Mexico hangouts are unscripted conversation mostly in English and a smattering of Spanish and indigenous languages. Prepare to be adventurous and learn new words and phrases like yakxon and baax ka walik.

Questions are welcome before and during the livestreaming hangout. We pay special attention to the tweets on Twitter that have used the #MexMonday hashtag.

Our August conversation will be eclectic, reviewing on-the-ground and under-the-radar attractions in Mexico as well as Mexico on the Web, including social web channels Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Ranker, Slideshare, Twitter and YouTube. We will discuss current and upcoming events, recommended places, travel tips and tours, language classes and favorite foods including chocolatemole and mezcal.

You can RSVP and post your favorite Mexico resources online our Google+ event page:
https://plus.google.com/b/117694449145790663688/events/cvsrhu0gd04alv31hns328nav3g

Trivia Questions

Which Mexican park was recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List? Tip: the answer is on their Facebook page.
In November which Mexican city hosts a congress for World Heritage Cities?
Which Mexican churches are dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary?
Which Mexican baseball teams are in contention in the 2013 playoffs?

Planeta Directories
Learning Spanish in Mexico
Traveling in Mexico

What’s new?

Indigenous Peoples Week
Oaxaca: Tianguis Pochote Xochimilco Anniversary
Markets of Oaxaca – Transitions Abroad
Working legally in Mexico – Transitions Abroad
Four Strategies for Mexico to be a World Tourism Power
Xochimilco 360
Playas Limpias

Slideshare Faves

Mexico Now
Mezcal Treasure Hunt
Dichos
Indigenous Oaxaca

Wiki Wiki

mexico night
la betulia
df, aka mexico city
sonora

Ranker

What’s your favorite professional club in Mexico?
What’s your favorite colonial city in Mexico?

#MexMonday Travel Hangout August 12

President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto Unveils National Tourism Policy

President Enrique Pena Nieto yesterday unveiled Mexico’s National Tourism Policy in the Riviera Nayarit. The administration’s tourism policy is designed to strengthen the sector and turn Mexico into a world class destination through four guiding principles, namely, legislative and sectorial transformation; innovation and competitiveness; development and promotion; and sustainability and social wellbeing.

President Pena Nieto said, “We will open Mexico to the world, and the world will visit Mexico. Tourism is a fundamental component of our economy and a key driver of national development.”

Tourism is responsible for close to nine percent of Mexico’s gross domestic product.

President Pena Nieto announced the formation of a select committee headed by the Federal Executive which will coordinate a multi-sector effort to grow the tourism industry in Mexico.

Competitiveness and the diversification of products and segments such as culture, health, meetings and conventions and eco-tourism will be achieved through innovation and competition.

The President said that through a policy of development and promotion, Mexico will boost confidence in current and potential investors in the country.

“Growth of the tourism sector is important for tourists and Mexicans alike.  The opportunity to explore Mexico should be attainable by all Mexicans.”

Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, said tourism is a priority as a driver of growth and employment. She also highlighted that Mexico sets the standard of the global tourism industry.

“I have no doubt that tourism is the future of Mexico. Under the President’s leadership, tourism will be used as an engine to drive development for all Mexicans,” she said. “Through intra-governmental collaboration and true partnership with the private sector, the tourism industry in Mexico will thrive.”

The governors of the states of Jalisco, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, San Luis Potosi, Tlaxcala, Yucatan and the governor elect of Jalisco attended the presentation along with local ministers of tourism, representatives from the legislative and judiciary powers of the state, diplomats, businessmen and other special invitees.

Mexico Surpasses Targets For Tourist Arrivals And Private Investment In Tourism Projects

The Mexico Ministry of Tourism reports that private investment for the development and maintenance of tourism projects in the period January 2007 to September 2012 reached $20,129,900,000 USD, a figure that exceeds the established six-year target of 20 billion dollars.

In the period from January to September alone, cumulative investment reached $1,820,340,000 USD.

This investment was directed to the development of 1,146 projects, strengthening Mexico’s tourism offering in order to attract a greater number of visitors and fulfill the commitments outlined in the National Agreement on Tourism.

Of the total investment during the month of September, 75.9 percent corresponds to national capital, while the remaining investment corresponds to foreign capital.

Destinations in central Mexico captured 30.7 percent of total resources, beach destinations 35.1 percent, Mayan regions 20.9 percent, and the northern border 13.3 percent.

These private sector investments are complemented by the tourist programs and products developed during the administration of President Felipe Calderon, such as the ten Routes of Mexico, the Mundo Maya program, the 18 Gastronomic Routes and the strengthening of the Magic Towns, among others, that strengthen Mexico’s tourism offering.

The Mexico Ministry of Tourism reports that from January 2007 to September 2012, Mexico received 130.6 million international tourists, up 12.1 percent compared to the same period of the previous administration.

The flow of tourists staying overnight in Mexico registered an increase of 18.3 percent reaching 75.5 million people, compared to 63.8 million registered from January 2001 to September 2006.

Foreign exchange earnings from international visitors totaled $71,027,000,000 USD, representing an increase of 22.1 percent compared to $58,163,000,000 during the previous administration.

From January 2007 to September 2012, the average expenditure of cruise passengers to Mexico reached 81.7 dollars, an increase of 30.6 percent compared to the same period the prior term.

Cruise passenger spending generated revenues of $2,793,000,000 USD, 41.6 percent higher than $1,972,000,000 USD generated in revenue from January 2001 to September 2006.

During the month of September, the flow of tourists staying overnight in Mexico showed an increase of 6.2 percent compared to the same month the prior year.

Foreign exchange earnings from international visitors increased from 678 million dollars during 2011 to 748 million dollars in September 2012, representing an increase of 10.3 percent.

The accumulated foreign exchange earnings from international visitors through September registered at 6.2 percent higher than the $8,818,000,000 USD achieved during 2011.

Tourism with travelers staying overnight in Mexico through the month of September registered an increase of 3.1 percent compared to the period January to September during 2011.

International visitors increased their average spending by 6.8 percent, while international tourism has registered an increase of 8.0 percent.

Tourism with visitors staying overnight in Mexico increased average spending through the month of September by 3.7 percent, while border tourism increased average spending by 8.1 percent.

During January to September, day visitors increased average spending by 4.7 percent, compared to the same period in 2011.

According to data provided by the Integrated System for Migration Operations (SIOM), 8.1 million international visitors traveled to Mexico by air from January to September 2012, representing an increase of 6.1 percent over the same period in 2011.

From January to September, SIOM registered an increase in the number of visitors of 137 nationalities.

The Electronic Authorization System (SAE) promoted an increase in the flow of international tourists to Mexico by permitting travelers from Brazil, Russia and Ukraine to electronically obtain authorization to enter the country for tourism, transit or business without obtaining a visa.

In the first nine months of the year, the flow of travelers from Brazil, Russia and Ukraine benefitted from this procedural change, registering an increase of 120.7 percent compared to the first nine months of 2011.

In September 2012, the number of air travelers from the United States increased by 3.7 percent over the same month of 2011.  The accumulated number of US visitors through September registered an increase of 2.8 percent over the 4.4 million visitors received during January to September of 2011.

During the period January to October 2012, the flow of cruise passengers was 11.0 percent higher than the same period the prior year.

From January to October this year, Mexico received an average of 2,726 passengers per cruise, while last year cruises averaged 2,456 passengers.

The port of Manzanillo registered an increase of 30.1 percent during the period January to October, Chiapas an increase of 27.3 percent, and Zihuatanejo an increase of 26.6 percent.

According to data recorded by Airports and Auxiliary Services, the arrival of passengers on domestic flights increased 10.3 percent during January to September 2012 compared to the same period the previous year.

Similarly, international flights registered a 5.4 percent higher number of passengers to Mexico compared to January to September of 2011.

During 2011, Mexico surpassed the target of 165.8 million domestic tourists, reaching a total of 168.1 million domestic tourists.  According to current trends, this goal will be surpassed again in 2012.

From January to September 2012, the number of domestic tourists totaled 133.2 million, 6.0 percent higher than the same period in 2011.

 

New International Calling Plan Takes Expense Out of Calling Friends and Family in Mexico

Unlimited Calling to Mobile Phones in Mexico Now Available with New Vonage World Mexico Sin Limites; Also Includes Unlimited Calling to Mexico Landlines

HOLMDEL, N.J., Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG) today introduced a new international calling plan, Vonage World Mexico Sin Limites. The plan provides customers with unlimited(1) calling to any phone in Mexico, including mobiles.  Additionally, customers will enjoy all the benefits of the popular Vonage World calling plan including unlimited calling to the U.S. and more than 60 other countries.

“Calls to a mobile phone in Mexico from the U.S. with major carriers’ best rates cost consumers $0.25 per minute.  Now for one low price, Vonage World Mexico Sin Límites gives customers the ability to talk to family and friends in Mexico as much as they want, even if they are calling to a mobile phone,” said Mike Tempora, Senior Vice President, Product Management for Vonage. “That’s a savings of 30-60% versus the best international residential calling plans from major carriers(2).”

The plan is offered for $39.99 per month, plus taxes and fees, and comes with the innovative Vonage Extensions™ service, which allows customers to extend their Mexico Sin Límites plan to their mobiles at no additional charge and make calls.

For more information about this and all of Vonage’s international calling solutions, please visit www.vonage.com/world-calling-plans/.

About Vonage Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of communications services connecting individuals through cloud-connected devices worldwide. Our technology serves approximately 2.4 million subscribers. We provide feature-rich, affordable communication solutions that offer flexibility, portability and ease-of-use. Our Vonage World plan offers unlimited calling to more than 60 countries with popular features like call waiting, call forwarding and visual voicemail —for one low monthly rate. Vonage’s service is sold on the web and through regional and national retailers including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Kmart and Sears, and is available to customers in the U.S. (www.vonage.com), Canada (www.vonage.ca) and the United Kingdom (www.vonage.co.uk).

Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in Holmdel, New Jersey. Vonage® is a registered trademark of Vonage Marketing LLC, owned by Vonage America Inc.

To follow Vonage on Twitter, please visit www.twitter.com/vonage. To become a fan on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/vonage. To subscribe on YouTube, visit www.youtube.com/vonage.

(1) Unlimited calling and other services are for residential plans and are based on normal residential, personal, non-commercial use. A combination of factors is used to determine abnormal use including but not limited to the number of unique numbers called, calls forwarded, minutes and other factors. See Vonage Reasonable Use Policy and Terms of Service on vonage.com.

(2) Savings claim based on other major carriers’ best international residential calling plans when calling 300 minutes/month to any phone in Mexico.

Extensions™ calls made from mobiles use airtime and may incur surcharges, depending on the user’s mobile plan.

 

BMW Delivers Electric Mini Coopers for Mexico City Project

Mexico Today News

The German automaker BMW delivered 12 models of the electric Mini Cooper , Mini Es, to high profile individuals, such as government officials and researchers in Mexico City. This distribution hopes to gain information from the new drivers on the electric cars’ mobility and power consumption, as well as road conditions in a highly congested like the Mexican capitol.  Read more…