Mazatlán Brings Vibrant Culture, Authentic Flavors to West Coast With Travel Seminar Dinner Series – Jan. 18 – 20

Mazatlán (January 11, 2011) – With Mexico tourism numbers on the rise, the New Year in travel is bright for one of the country’s top emerging destinations – Mazatlán, located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Despite the economic downturn, this seaside tourism hotspot continues to experience significant growth.

Travelocity Mexico named Mazatlan its 2010 Best Family Beach Destination.” Now, American travelers can discover authentic Mexico through the many facets of this unique destination – from its charming, historic core to premier resorts, international sporting events, performing arts, gourmet cuisine, 16 miles of beaches, year-round festivals and more – all at great value.

To showcase its rich mix of culture and world-class tourism offerings in 2011, Mazatlan will host a series of destination dinners and seminars in three cities along the West Coast, taking place January 18 – 20. Host cities are Seattle, Wash.; Garden Grove, Calif.; and Portland, Ore.

Travel professionals – including agents and tour operators – in each region are invitied to attend these lively seminars, presented by the Mazatlan Hotel Association and Tourism Board. Attendees will learn about Mazatlan’s wave of recent development – award-winning spas, championship golf, upscale dining and premier nightlife – as well as new activities, events and excursions that highlight the destination’s renowned heritage and natural treasures.

Additionally, each event will feature a dinner reception spotlighting Mazatlan’s renowned seafood and authentic cuisine. Guests will savor signature dishes, like Mazatlan shrimp and carne asada, prepared by the destination’s internationally acclaimed chefs.

A full schedule of Mazatlan’s dinner seminars, entitled “Mazatlan For Travelers, Not Tourists,” is listed below:

January 18, 2011 – Seattle, Wash.
6:00 p.m. – Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
17620 International Boulevard; Seattle, WA 98188

January 19, 2011 – Portland, Ore.
6:00 p.m. – Crowne Plaza Portland
1441 NE 2nd Avenue; Portland, OR 97232

January 20, 2011 – Garden Grove, Calif.

6:00 p.m. – Crowne Plaza Anaheim Resort
12021 Harbor Boulevard; Garden Grove, CA 92840

For more information on Mazatlan’s West Coast destination seminars or to RSVP, please email

About Mazatlán
Mazatlán is located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. As Mexico’s second largest coastal city, Mazatlán has nearly 600,000 inhabitants. The city is divided into two main areas: Old Mazatlán and Zona Dorada or Golden Zone, with a seven-mile coastal road between the two.  Mazatlán has an international sport-fishing reputation. Sites of interest include: the Angela Peralta Theater, Archeological Museum, Republic Plaza, Ocean Museum, Botanic Garden, San Jose Chapel and the world’s second-tallest lighthouse. Transportation is available via the local “pulmonías” or four-person open-air vehicles that have become a symbol of the city. Visit Mazatlán on the World Wide Web at www.gomazatlá