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Mexico Still Tops the List for Spring Break

Today’s Travel News

Living in Arizona, Mexico has always been the destination of choice for Spring Break. It’s good to see things are still going strong. Mexico has retained its position as a top Spring Break location for American students, as well as students from around the world. This year alone, 600,000 tourists visited Mexico, according to Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism. This year alone, 600,000 tourists visited Mexico, according to Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism. 382,376 Americans traveled to Mexico during the recent Spring Break period of 2012. The most popular Mexican destinations for Spring Break travel this year were Cancun and Riviera Maya.

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 ) victories and is focused on making history.
Viva Mario!
Viva Mexico!

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 ( 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

Exhibitor, sponsorship and speaking opportunities are available.

Veronica Rivas
Marketing and Public Relations, 778-996-2845

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

Artful Walking in Mazatlán

By John Mitchell

Most U.S. and Canadian tourists head down to Mazatlán in search of sun, sand, and margaritas. However, this winter they can also explore this Mexican resort city’s vibrant art scene. On the first Friday of every month up until May 2012, self-guided art walks will be offered in Mazatlan’s Historical Center or Centro Histórico, which is filled with lovingly restored 19th-century buildings. There are 24 stops along the way including galleries, artists’ studios, workshops, and gift boutiques. Balloons and banners mark the participating venues, and free maps are available around town. For more information, visit the Friday Art Walk’s official website.

Images by John Mitchell

New Facebook Social Magazine Brings Together Top Mexico Bloggers and Invites Mexico Enthusiasts to Share their Stories

By: Lisa Coleman

The power of social media is almost endless. When it comes to Mexico, Facebook (and Twitter) have served as unique platforms that allow us to talk about the country we love, and to share news and opinions. The Mexico Today program has now taken social media to a new level with its “Social Magazine.”

The recently launched Mexico Today Social Magazine is an innovative tactic that pushes the envelope of what is possible on Facebook. This multi-phase project leverages community participation from fans to produce an evolving online publication. The stories and submissions come from leading Mexico bloggers and influencers, including the 24 Mexico Today Ambassadors. The Ambassadors’ contributions are divided into 6 topics: Economy, Health, Infrastructure, Security, Sustainability, and Travel and Culture.

In addition, the Magazine invites viewers to post their own Mexico stories.  The intent is to create a grassroots movement by allowing submissions from those who are interested in sharing their Mexico experiences. There are two easy ways to be part of Mexico Today’s Social Magazine: 1) Write what you know – submit an original post featuring your tips, to-dos and cool happenings in Mexico. 2) Share an interesting link about Mexico that you discovered online.

We need your help to shape the conversation about today’s Mexico. The Magazine accepts not only short links, but also longer blog posts. Submit your content today to enter a chance to win a $500 gift card.

Future phases of the Magazine will use the same article database to power an iPad App version. Click here to check out the magazine: Mexico Today Social Magazine on Facebook.


Disclosure: I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Community Manager for the México Today Program. All stories, opinions and passion for all things México shared here are completely my own. Mexico Today is a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and an unrivaled tourist destination