Category Archives: Writer Alert

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.

Mexico Loving Writers’ Alert: Announces MBH Member Hacienda de los Santos’ Participation in the 2010 Nick Gallo Award

Acapulco, MEXICO (February 19, 2010)—Those who knew Nick Gallo knew how cool he thought Mexico Boutique Hotels were. We at agree completely, and we just confirmed their “coolness factor” when MBH director, Sylvie Laitre, called to tell us the insanely fabulous Hacienda de los Santos had agreed to be a part of the 2010 Nick Gallo Award.

Hacienda de los Santos
Hacienda de los Santos

We’re giddy with excitement, so let us share just a few tantalizing tidbits on Hacienda: Built in the 18th century for a wealthy silver baron, current owners Jim and Nancy Swickard lovingly restored the Hacienda de los Santos to its former glory. The couple, though, looked beyond the structure and the creature comforts to transform it into a cultural center and healthful retreat, championing the lovely town of Los Alamos and its citizens through community programs and offering its guests plenty of outdoor pursuits, indulgent spa services and wholesome, delectable dining.

The winner of the 2010 Nick Gallo Award will score three nights in a luxurious Hacienda Master Suite; daily full menu breakfast at the Agave Café (no puny Continental Breakfast here); two massages; two fine dinners and the pièce de resistance: a one-hour aerial tour of the Sierra Madre with pilot and owner, Jim Swickard.

Allow us to remind you that our other great partner, Aeromexico, will fly the winner and his or her significant other into Ciudad Obregón from their closest U.S. gateway, just about an hour away from the hotel. Nick was a five-star writer, so we want this to be a five-star prize. We’re thinking: “mission accomplished.”

Note to writers: you love Mexico, we love Mexico. Let’s show the love and show the world this destination is so much more than hype and bad headlines.

The 2010 Nick Gallo Award will be handed out during SECTUR’s Tianguis Turístico convention, held from April 25-28 in the Acapulco International Center. The winner of the 2010 Nick Gallo award will receive an engraved plaque created by Laurie Brown-Gallo plus a three-night stay for two in MBH’s Hacienda de los Santos, including air from their closest U.S. gateway courtesy of Aeromexico. Entries are only open to freelance writers based in the United States and Canada. For more information and details, visit

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. A touching in memoriam written by fellow writers can be found at


Founded by freelance travel writers David Simmonds, Lisa Coleman and Lydia Gregory—and now home to a cadre of even more award-winning talent— has become a meeting place for those looking to read and write about every aspect of everything Mexico. From tourism and gastronomy to bullfighting and politics (not necessarily in the same sentence), visitors to this one-of-a-kind blog will find unvarnished commentary and differing points of view. In the spirit of tooting their own horn, the folks at MP would like you to know that travel king Arthur Frommer himself gave us kudos Check them out in person at

About Mexico Boutique Hotels:

Established in 1999, MBH is a collection of upscale, independent member properties (located in  25 destinations throughout Mexico) handpicked for their intimacy, high level of service and outstanding attributes. Some are housed in exquisitely restored buildings, others are paeans to Mexican cuisine, still others showcase the sleekly modern–but they each encourage guests to savor the many fascinating traditions of this vast country, and all offer guests a unique travel experience. Typically less than 30 rooms in size, they are often destinations unto themselves. Based in Puerto Vallarta, MBH is staffed by an experienced team of multicultural—and multilingual—travel and hospitality professionals who both live and work in Mexico.

Book any of Mexico Boutique Hotels’ stylish properties by calling 1-800-728-9098 (US and Canada) or visiting

About Aeromexico:

AeroMexico and its subsidiary, AeroMexico Connect, currently operate more than 600 daily flights through the airline’s new Terminal 2 at its Mexico City International Airport hub to 40 destinations in Mexico, 16 U.S. locations in 11 states as well as major cities that include Tokyo, Paris and Buenos Aires in 12 other countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia. U.S. cities served are Los Angeles, Ontario (Ca.), San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Denver, San Antonio, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, Orlando and Miami. Service will be added to Toronto, Canada, on March 3, and Montreal on April 2. AeroMexico Vacations provides customized vacation travel packages throughout this network. The airline also offers connecting service to other international destinations through its SkyTeam global airline alliance with 11 full member carriers and three associate carriers. AeroMexico has been recognized for its award-winning style of personalized in-flight service, one of the world’s best on-time flight records, the highest safety and quality standards ratings, outstanding reliability and baggage handling performance, and exceptional value based on its competitive fares and superior service. Additional information is available at 1-800-237-6639.

Lisa Coleman, Alex Gallo, winner Dan Millington, David  Simmonds and Lydia Gregory at the 2009 Nick Gallo Award presentation in Acapulco, Mexico.
Lisa Coleman, Alex Gallo, winner Dan Millington, David Simmonds and Lydia Gregory at the 2009 Nick Gallo Award presentation in Acapulco, Mexico.

Death of Ron Butler

By John Mitchell

Anyone interested in Mexico has probably run across a travel article by Ron Butler at one time or another. He wrote extensively and passionately about his wanderings south of the U.S. border, and his articles were published in numerous newspapers and magazines. Ron is perhaps best known to Mexicophiles for his book Dancing Alone in Mexico: From the Border to Baja and Beyond, which chronicles his solo journeys in Mexico after his wife left him with their two children. Ron also won the prestigious Pluma de Plata award for his outstanding travel writing.

Ron Butler died, reportedly of a heart attack, earlier this week at his home in Tucson, Arizona. He was 77 years old.

Las Alamandas Resort to Host FAM Trip for Freelancers

COSTALEGRE, Jalisco, Mexico, October 14, 2009 – Isabel Goldsmith’s Las Alamandas Resort ( is hosting a FAM trip to the fabled property the weekend of November 6, 2009 to showcase the grand reopening of its new Casa del Sol beachfront villa, in addition to other spectacular renovations and additions to the property.

Journalists and a guest are invited to discover the magic of this tropical paradise located midway between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo on over 1,500 acres of pristine Mexican Riviera. Offer includes accommodations and meals for a three-night stay for select journalists; however, is limited on a first-come-first-serve basis to freelancers writing for top travel publications.

  CONTACT:  Mike Hiles

Writers Wanted to Get the Word Out on Rosarito Beach

By Lola

Hey you guyyyyyyys!! (That was from The Electric Company—remember that? Am I dating myself??) The folks from Rosarito Beach want you to come on over and have some fun, Rosarito style.

Rosarito Beach: Four Great Total Experiences For 2008

Rosarito Beach, the jewel of Baja’s Gold Coast, will offer up to six writers on assignment its four-day, three-night Total Experience tour four times during 2008. Dates for the visits are Jan. 25-28, April 25-28; July 16-19; and Oct. 20-23.
A scenic 18 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border, Rosarito Beach is known for its stunning seaside setting, a rich history, festive nightlife, Puerto Nuevo lobster village, wonderful shopping and as the setting for movies including “Titanic” and “Master & Commander.”

Rosarito Beach is the spa capital of Baja, a food lover’s delight, plus the home to a thriving community of artists and artisans. Outdoor activities abound, including surfing, golf, off-roading and horseback riding. Rosarito Beach also is the focal point for a building boom attracting thousands of people from the U.S. About 14,000 expatriates call Rosarito home.

The Total Experience is designed for writers to sample a taste of it all. Available stories range from general travel articles, to ones on culture and history, spas, arts and crafts, outdoor recreation, food and many more.

Writers stay at the world-famous Rosarito Beach Hotel, which has hosted stars from Marilyn Monroe to Frank Sinatra. Other Total Experience activities include a visit to XPloration (filming locale for “Titanic and many others), sessions at the gorgeous Las Rocas Resort & Spa, a Puerto Nuevo lobster dinner, area tours and cultural attractions.

Activities are coordinated but allow writers time to pursue individual interests, as well as just relax, enjoy the ocean setting or simply shop.

“Rosarito Beach: The Total Experience” is open to published writers with a firm letter of assignment from an editor. Writers representing travel magazines, publications with circulations of 100,000 or more and those based in the Southwest will be given preference.

What’s included: Lodging; scheduled breakfasts, lunches and dinners; Xploration tour; and transportation to activities (also shuttle service from San Diego to Rosarito Beach and back if needed).

What’s not included: airfare, gratuities and miscellaneous expenses. Accommodations can be shared by one guest per writer, but guest expenses other than lodging will not be covered.

If interested, please submit letter of assignment (please include brief description of publication, editor contact information and estimated publication date) and three clips to Ron Raposa ( at least three weeks before the scheduled tour, indicating which trip you would like to join. Early application is encouraged.

Writers on Assignment Invited to Visit El Careyes Beach Resort

MP Mexico News Staff

Dates: From May to August

Inclusions: Accommodations for 2-nights and meals at El Careyes Beach Resort, Costa Careyes, Mexico. One spa treatment (not massages) and complimentary usage of sea kayaks or horse back riding.

Exclusions: Airfare, transfers, tours, meals outside El Careyes, alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, champagne). Phone calls, mini bar, incidentals and personal purchases. One travel companion welcome when sharing a room with working journalist – their expenses are responsibility of the writer.

Journalist Requirements: Writers with an assignment for articles related to luxury travel, romance, destination wedding and honeymoon, spa and wellness, high-end family travel, active lifestyles travel, Costa Careyes destination, and groups/meetings/conventions will be given priority.

Applicable to writers with assignments for A-list national print publications (100,000 circulation or more), online publications with large monthly unique visitors (200,000 or more) and/or weekend travel features in daily newspapers. Journalists will be considered based on the criteria of national exposure, circulation of publication, and letter of assignment. Freelancers with more than one confirmed assignment for publications matching El Careyes’ target markets will also be given preference.

Please provide the following as a complete application package:

•Three recently published clips or links to current articles/publications
•Nature of assignment (word count, estimated date of publication, photo inclusion)
•Publication details (circulation, frequency of publication, readership demographic)
•Letter of assignment from editor confirming story and/or editor’s name and contact information

Description: Professional travel writer on assignment are invited to discover the magic of the elusive Costa Careyes on a two night getaway the barefoot luxury escape, El Careyes Beach Resort. Editors also welcome.

Contemporary Mexican décor compliments 51 cozy guest rooms, which feature cool tile floors, colorful textiles adorning beds and sofas, an artwork collected from around the country. Many suites also boast open terraces with flower-strewn private Jacuzzi tubs overlooking the stunning cove where guests enjoy a host of non-motorized watersports, including snorkeling, kayaking and deep sea fishing. Unmatched congenial service extends from the open air lobby, where check-in includes an icy, fresh fruit made welcome cocktail, to La Lantana poolside restaurant, where the atmosphere shifts seamlessly from casual beach to fine dining among intimate elegance once the sun sets on the ocean. And sophisticated and soothing therapies greet the senses at the onsite spa, which features a tempting Jacuzzi tub and vapor room.

Journalists are encouraged to visit El Careyes throughout the available dates and submit their assignment letters as they receive them to discover personal experiences and make the trip one that you can write about again and again.

Please email application to Mexican Pacific Marketing,


Media Contact:
Citlali González
+52 314 335 32 08