Nick Gallo Award Announced at Tianguis

Acapulco, MEXICO (April 15, 2008)—, the Internet’s hottest blog on anything and everything Mexico, and Mexico Boutique Hotels, an outstanding collection of some of the coolest boutique hotels in the country, came together in Acapulco during Tianguis 2008 to announce the establishment of the Nick Gallo Award. “Every once in a while, a freelance writer will come along who brings the ‘writer’ part of his title into full prominence,” said David Simmonds, one of the founders of “Nick Gallo was one such guy and, sadly, one that left us all behind way too early. We wanted to establish this award for freelance writers to celebrate his life and his work. Knowing him, he’d think it was hilarious, but we know it’s very well-deserved.” Nick Gallo, winner of the Mexico Tourism Board’s highly competitive Pluma de Plata award, regular contributor to such prestigious titles as Travel & Leisure, Alaska Airlines Magazine, United Airlines Hemispheres, Private Clubs, Northewest Airlines WorldTraveler, father, husband and matchless colleague, died last October while on assignment in Greece. A touching in memoriam written by fellow writers can be found at . “Nick’s sharp wit, his humor, his way with words and his professionalism—not to mention the simple fact that you could truly see that he loved what he did—are just a few of the reasons we are so honored to be a part of this award,” said Sylvie Laitre, Director of Mexico Boutique Hotels. The Nick Gallo Award will be handed out every spring, the date to coincide with Tianguis, an event which brings together the best and the brightest writers from across the United States and the world. The winner will receive an engraved Mexican handicraft plus a three-night stay for two in a participating MBH property, including air from a U.S. gateway. Entries are only open to freelance writers based in the United States and Canada.  

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