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Good News For Acapulco’s Hotels and Beaches

The destination of Acapulco recently announced the recognition of two local hotels for their quality, safety and service. Representing the destination’s continued evolution as a leading touristic destination, the latest honors were awarded to Mundo Imperial Resort, a AAA Four Diamond property. Two of Acapulco’s beaches were also recognized for their appeal and cleanliness with the prestigious Blue Flag eco-award.

“We are thrilled that premiere hotels and distinct beaches have been recognized by prestigious international groups,” said Pedro Haces, president of the Acapulco Destination Marketing Office. “These accolades are a testament to Acapulco’s position as an ideal destination for travelers from all walks of life, including families and couples, seeking an unmatched beach holiday in an attractive, friendly and safe world-class destination.”

Acapulco’s Mundo Imperial Resort is less than two years old, but it has already made its mark as a top destination for travelers seeking the finest facilities and service. The latest award came in Spring 2016 from the American Automobile Association (AAA). The group gave the resort the esteemed Four Diamond ranking after onsite inspections demonstrated that the property had met the organization’s superior standards.

Mundo Imperial Resort in Acapulco joins an exclusive club of 152 hotels in Mexico that share the Four Diamond rating and is the third property in Acapulco to achieve the coveted certification. The destination is also home to two additional Four Diamond hotels, Las Brisas Acapulco and The Grand Mayan Acapulco, and one Five Diamond resort, the Banyan Tree Cabo Marques. Likewise, The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences bestowed the Five Star Diamond Award to Hotel Encanto thanks to its iconic architecture and the warmth and quality of its service.

The AAA organization ranks approximately 28,000 hotels annually in Canada, the United States and Mexico. A Four Diamond rating is given to refined, stylish hotels with extensive amenities, excellent hospitality and superb attention to detail, which places Mundo Imperial Resort in distinguished company.

Beyond Acapulco’s hotels, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) has added two of Acapulco’s beaches, Revolcadero II and Icacos II, to its well-known eco-rating system, the Blue Flag program. Revolcadero II is popular among surfers searching for big Pacific swells. Icacos II is a family-friendly beach among locals and international travelers alike.

26 beaches in Mexico meet the FEE’s strict standards. Beaches in the Blue Flag program must meet more than 30 separate requirements. The standards include water quality, environmental care, teaching and security. Blue Flag has operated since 1985 and is now active in 48 countries.

Attractions in Acapulco

Acapulco is a quintessential destination that provides fun and unmatchable weather for the entire family. The beaches are ideal for lazing in the sun or getting out on the water. The city is also filled with history and legendary glamour. The colonial-era Fort of San Diego, now the most renowned museum filled with thousands of years of history in Acapulco, is an essential part of the destination’s architecture and a must-visit landmark.

La Quebrada, home to Acapulco’s world-famous cliff divers has become a symbol of the city that is as popular today as it was half a century ago. And you’ll never go hungry. Acapulco has a busy restaurant scene that blends five hundred years of Mexican culinary traditions and a global array of flavors. All of this and more make Acapulco the must-visit beach destination in Mexico.

 For more information about events, news and reservations visit www.visitacapulco.travel.

Hacking #Tianguis2015

by Ron Mader

The Tianguis Turistíco has begun in Mexico, the first time in Acapulco for many years. In 2015 the event promises to transmit press conferences via livestreaming video. Will there be access to presentations and press releases? What will will learn from this year’s event? What will we learn about the local host state, Guerrero?

For those hacking the event, use the Twitter hashtag #Tianguis2015 and let us know what we should pay attention.

I have fond memories of attending Mexico’s Tianguis Turistico, twice when I won the ‘Lente de Plata’ award for Planeta, but in more recent years I have found the Tianguis, like most travel trade shows, needs re-imagining. Compare and contrast:
itb (germany)
indaba (durban, south africa)
tianguis turistico (mexico)
trenz (new zealand)
wtm (london, england)

What do I find wrong with these events? Honestly, I see very few local voices articulated and amplified. We hear more from the ministers and consultants than from the business owners, the guides, the artisans and other locals who stand to benefit from tourism.

As I point out in Mexico Now, the tourism sector is undergoing a transformation that connects locals and visitors as never before. These are the stories we want and need to hear. If tourism trade shows are not delivering, we need to find a way to hack the events to put the spotlight on locals.

What we need from México #mexiconow

Buzzword Bingo: Hack

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Las Brisas Acapulco in the World’s Best Hotels 2011’s List – Travel + Leisure

This year’s Travel + Leisure “World’s Best”  has a fantastic list of Mexico’s finest properties. Things have been very tough for the Acapulco hoteliers this year, so we wanted to give a special shout out to our good friends at Las Brisas Acapulco. They are proof that excellence always thrives in Mexico. Congrats Las Brisas for being world-class for more than 50 years!

MIAMI, FL. – Las Brisas Acapulco has been named one of the ‘Top Resorts in Mexico” by Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2011 World’s Best Hotels in its August 2011’s edition.  Each year Travel + Leisure asks readers to vote on their favorite hotels around the globe. Readers were asked to rate hotels, island destinations, spas, cruise lines, airlines and other travel industry services in their annual readers’ survey; Hotels were evaluated based on five characteristics: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food, and value.

“It is a tremendous accomplishment for Las Brisas Acapulco to have been awarded by the highly recognizable and leading travel publication, Travel + Leisure,” said Rafael Millan, CEO for Las Brisas Hotel Collection. “It is an honor to learn that we were rated so highly by the readers, as we continuously strive to deliver excellence and customized service in order to achieve the highest level of satisfaction and loyalty for each of our guests,” added Mr. Millan.

Nancy Novogrod, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure, said this year’s results reflected readers’ travel interests in these challenging economic times. Readers rated the winners in the different categories based on their top priorities: value, intimacy, service, and discovery.

For additional information on the 2011 World’s Best Awards, please visit: http://www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2011/hotels/resorts-mexico/291 For information visit www.brisas.com.mx.

About Las Brisas Acapulco
Las Brisas Acapulco is located in Acapulco, Mexico, one of the largest tourist regions in the Mexican Pacific. With its distinctive “white and pink” color scheme and the charming bungalow style rooms known as ‘casitas,’ the resort has been a favorite among travelers for over 50 years.

About Las Brisas Hotel Collection
Brisas Hotels and Resorts, Mexico’s luxury hotel leader, operates four Resort properties: Las Brisas Acapulco, Las Brisas Huatulco, Las Brisas Ixtapa and Las Hadas Manzanillo and three Corporate properties: the Galería Plaza in Reforma, Galería Plaza Veracruz and Hacienda Jurica in Querétaro.

Brisas Hotels and Resorts is world renowned for providing unparalleled personalized service and luxury accommodations in a warm, friendly environment in exotic resorts as well as city center locations.

The water’s almost fine

by Ron Mader


The first time I visited Acapulco — for a Tianguis Turistico — I remarked to friends, ‘But where does the sewage go?’ Sure the scenery is beautiful, but the megaresort had failed to keep up with the necessary infrastructure to keep the waters in its crescent-shaped bay clean. Here’s a tidbit — National Water Commission Director Jose Luis Luege Tamargo explained that Acapulco generates 2,010 liters of sewage per second and only 15 per cent, some 310 liters per second, currently receive treatment.

Now the good news. Last week Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a megaplan to clean up beaches on Acapulco Bay, one of the country’s main tourism attractions. Calderon said he would spend 440 million pesos over four years to improve sanitation services. The new investment will improve infrastructure and help to prevent flooding, particularly during hurricane season.