Category Archives: MP News

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 periodically for ongoing updated news on the conference and scheduled events.

3rd Annual Nick Gallo Award Presented at Puerto Vallarta Destination Booth Cocktail at the 37th Tianguis Turístico de México

Puerto Vallarta, MEXICO (March 27, 2012) – Excellence in travel writing comes in many forms and, in Mexico, recognition for these endeavors now comes in the form of the Nick Gallo Award, created by  and co- sponsored by Mexico Boutique Hotels four years ago in honor of one of the country’s fondest admirers.

The Nick Gallo Award

Today, another Mexicophile and, coincidentally, a long time friend of Nick’s took home this prestigious award. Larry Dunmire, journalist and photographer, put together an extraordinary look at whale sharks in Cabo in his article “Gentle Giants of Baja” (Cabo Living Magazine), which was chosen from among dozens of Mexico articles as an excellent feat of storytelling that will surely bring this astonishing adventure to the top of visitors’ lists for years to come.
The 2012 Nick Gallo Award was handed out during a short ceremony hosted by the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board during the Tianguis Convention, held for the first time in this exciting seaside city from March 25-28 in its new International Convention 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.


Sylvie Laitre and David Simmonds accept the Nick Gallo Award on behalf of Larry Dunmire

David Simmonds and Lisa Coleman of Mexico Premiere and Sylvie Laitre of Mexico Boutique Hotels accepted the award on Larry’s behalf. Dunmire will receive this engraved plaque created by Nick’s widow, Laurie Brown-Gallo, plus a three-night stay for two at the incomparable Casa de Mita, thanks to co-sponsor Mexico Boutique Hotels. Casa de Mita is an ultra-chic beachfront pad, and an ode to good taste and effortless elegance. Owner Marc Lindskog has elevated all-inclusive to a new level, where service is as five-star as the meals, and the only place you’ll need your wallet is at the tiny—but irresistible—boutique shop.
Congratulations, Larry! And, hey, Nick….We hope you’re having fun wherever you are.

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 in October 2007 while on assignment in Greece. The following year we at Mexico Premiere started the Nick Gallo Award, dedicated to Nick’s memory and the lofty standards he brought, yes, demanded, to travel writing.  The Gallo Award fills the void left when, at that same time, the yearly Pluma de Plata Award, presented every year at Tianguis by the Mexican government, was discontinued. A touching in memoriam written by fellow writers can be found at

Attention Travelers! Mexico has Changed the Exchange Rules for US Dollars

By: Lisa Coleman

We have had a number inquiries about the “peso situation” and we recently received a short, yet official statement from the tourism board listed below.  It appears the rumors are true.  We are not sure of how it will all work, and we don’t have details from hotels either. Bring your debit card and use ATMs – just keep in mind the $ sign is the same for pesos and dollars, but the rate you are seeing on the screen is in PESOS. We will keep up on this and post as we get reports.

September 13, 2010
In order to regulate the quantity of dollars entering the Mexican banking system, beginning September 14, 2010, the Mexican government will cap the amount of dollars foreigners can exchange for pesos in Banks & Money Exchange Establishments to no more than US$1,500 per month.
The measure WILL NOT AFFECT purchases made with credit cards or debit cards in Mexico.
The measure WILL NOT AFFECT the amount of CASH (in Mexican pesos) an International Tourist can withdraw from an ATM machine on a daily or monthly basis.
It is recommended that all travelers bring Mexican pesos as well as their credit and/or debit cards to minimize any inconvenience the exchange cap at banks may cause.