Second Annual Nick Gallo Travel Writing Award Handed out at Tianguis in Acapulco


By: Lisa Coleman

Acapulco, GUERRERO (April 26, 2010) – A little background: Last year, we at Mexico Premiere created an award to honor our friend and colleague, Nick Gallo. Nick, a lover of Mexico and past Pluma de Plata winner (Silver Pen award – the highest honor given to a journalist by the Mexican government) unexpectedly passed away while on assignment in 2007. This award recognizes excellence in freelance journalism specifically connected with Mexico. We were proud to announce our winner, Michael Koehn, at the 2010 Tianguis Turistico convention in Acapulco at beautiful breakfast presentation ceremony hosted by our good friends at the Mazatlan Tourism Board.

After reviewing a large numbers of submissions, Mr. Koehn was selected for his article, “Daytrips from Cabo: Playa Los Cerritos & El Pescadero,” published in Cabo Living magazine. Mr. Koehn is also a contributor The Catalog of Cool (Warner Books) and Too Cool (St. Martin’s Press), as well as Warner Bros. Records, Billboard and the Los Angeles Times. 

Though Michael could not join us in Acapulco to accept the award, Lydia, David and I made sure the very large audience knew he was grateful.

Once again this year, we were supported by our fantastic sponsors, Mexico Boutique Hotels and AeroMexico. They have been incredibly generous and supportive of our efforts to create and promote the Nick Gallo Award.

Our winner, Michael Koehn, along with his wife will enjoy three nights at Mexico Boutique Hotels member Hacienda de los Santos (Alamos) in a luxurious Hacienda Master Suite; with 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. Our airline partner, Aeromexico, will fly the couple into Ciudad Obregón, just about an hour away from the hotel.

Congratulations, Michael!

We invite published freelance writers in the U.S. and Canada who love Mexico as much as we do to send their 2010 articles to to be considered for next year’s award.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 World Traveler, 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

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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