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In 2014: Destination Weddings on the Rise, particularly for Mexico.

13 Jan

 

Destination Weddings on the Rise

Mexico City, Mexico. January 12, 2013:  According to Yahoo Finance, destination weddings are on the rise.  They are up an estimated 20% due to sites like Instagram and Pinterest promoting exotic locations for brides. Bodas Destino, which literally means “Destination Weddings”, is a promotion and wedding planning company, and is proud to offer fabulous events in wonderful locations for engaged couples who want a romantic destination wedding. Bodas Destino services international clientele and provides plenty of lovely getaways.   Destination weddings to Mexico and other Latin American countries are increasing in popularity among international couples.  According to the Knot Market Intelligence 24% of couples in the United Sates are now choosing to have a destination wedding. Cancun CVB, also publishes that 30% of them are international weddings, with Mexico accounting for 24% of that number, which equates to about 25,000 couples annually, providing a truly memorable experience that is sure to be unforgettable, destination weddings are hard to top.  People from all over the world are traveling to Latin American locations to have the experience of a lifetime among beautiful landscape and unforgettable views.  Many people turn to Bodas Destino to provide the best weddings in Mexico and Latin America.  For couples that are looking for special events, destination-wedding resources or planners, Bodas Destino procures convenient planners, locales and other top professionals for couples. With access to the most breathtaking destinations and venues in Mexico and Latin America, part of its portfolio, guests will have the time of their lives.

Noe Ariza founded Bodas Destino in 2012. Ariza formerly worked as Commercial Director for the well-known Nuestra Boda magazine.  A partnership was recently secured with Carmen Laborin, which will provide a fabulous addition to Bodas Destino due to his experience with Mexican tourism and special interest travel from her work with the Mexican government, tourism & hospitality industries, which procured more destination weddings to Mexico.  Ariza and Laborin are both members of the Association of Bridal consultants and Bodas Destino’s partners. Laborin was appointed “Rising Star 2012” among the top travel agent professionals who are 35 years old or under, by Vacation Agents and Agents@Home Magazines.   More services will be available due to the addition, and she provides excellent promotional and consulting capabilities, along with brand recognition skills.  If you are looking for a destination wedding in Mexico or Latin America, Bodas Destino can help you throw your dream wedding, for Bodas Destino is an ambassador for the top special events’ professionals and locales.

 

FOR CONTACT: Bodas Destino

Phone: +52 (55) 8421-9565

Email: hi@bodasdestino.com

Twitter: @Bodasdestino

Facebook: BodasDestino

 

Beach Pink in Riviera Maya BY HUMBERTO CASTILLA PHOTOGRAPHER

 
Wedding by Carmen Laborin. Photo by: Humberto Castilla

 

ZANKYOU MAGAZINE: El amor y los rituales sagrados de la Boda Shamanica Maya

20 Nov

I’ve been asked to collaborate with ZANKYOU (Gee I so love their name!) a fabulous worldwide wedding registry, wedding website provider and super fun magazine with a number of useful and current articles on all weddings-related topics. One of their best features is that it provides brides & grooms free personal -and easy to use- website builder to publish and share with their loved one the main aspects about their upcoming wedding.

I’ve featured my first article on something I’ve suddenly been hearing and people commenting a lot about lately, and that is the MAYAN culture, with all the end of the world buzz (not happening like that by the way, at least not according to our savvy Mayans) but mostly because of people trying to go “back to basics” when it comes to marrying the one they love, putting aside more and more the formalities of the traditional ceremonies in the quest of authenticity and more meaningful exchanges of vows and commitments. For that and with the help of some very kind guides and friends I’ve written this first collaboration named “El amor y los rituales sagrados de la Boda Shamanica Maya” (How your Spanish knowledge these days by the way?).

Ok, while my articles are currently in Spanish on ZANKYOU MEXICO, I found that my article could easily be translated into english language VIA GOOGLE URL TRANSLATE (what a tool uh!?) and so I’ve come to have a second version of my article right HERE for you, may you want to check it out. It is on LOVE AND SACRED MAYAN SHAMANIC RITUALS for non-traditional or spiritual wedding celebrations. I really hope you like it, and if so please share your comments and click like for me would you 🙂

My next article in ZANKYOU MEXICO is about the great destination of LOS CABOS Baja Sur, Mexico. If you have any suggestions on topics you would like me to talk about, please let me know what it is, as I’d love to write more for you and the topics of your interest.

Hope you like my article on ZANKYOU.

Love,

Carmen

TWITTER TIMES: follow me

6 Oct

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Mexico’s official website has a revamped design and content including a Destination Weddings’ micro site

9 Jul

The Mexico Tourism Board is the organization entrusted to coordinate, design and develop the national and international strategies for tourism promotion for Mexico, specifically the one responsible of promoting the numerous incredible destinations and activities that Mexico has to offer, as well as Mexico’s many natural and cultural locales. For this matter and looking into way of spreading the good news and all the wealth that Mexico has to offer for first time visitor and for long time travelers alike, the tourism board has today re launched its website on a new and more friendly platform, with revised and more useful content and social networking capabilities so we can all share the best of Mexico’s to the world, including the amazing exotic locales that the country offers for destination weddings’ groups or other special celebrations.

A dedicated weddings micro site style, is part of the revamped Visit Mexico site with an impressive amount of information including destination weddings destination profiles, Mexico specialists & wedding planners directory, frequently asked questions, photographer directory, honeymoon travel advise, etc. Make sure you check out the new Mexico Weddings website: http://www.visitmexico.com/en_us/VisitMexico30/Weddings__Romance

In 2011 Mexico had a record breaking year for tourism, with 23.4 million international travelers visiting our destinations; which was historically Mexico’s best year for international tourism. In 2012 already about 4.9 million international tourists have visited Mexico in the first five months of 2012 representing a 5% increase year on year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR GUIDANCE ON DESTINATION WEDDINGS IN MEXICO, check out the new Mexico Weddings website or for specifics you can e-mail: weddings@visitmexico.com . Be our guest. Marry Mexico.

Villa Premiere in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A dream place for hopeless romantics.

14 Mar

Well, thought I wouldn’t never say this, but just now wish I wasn’t single. Traveling as a single person it’s always easier right? not really having to mind for other people’s assigned seat numbers, lost luggage, delayed flights, etc., you would think: “absolutely sweet”, until… Yes, you get to a hotel that is obviously built for Romance, and you feel well, just a bit lonely. But if you are like me, always looking at things on its brighter side, well, you may think this property and it’s guests, would make anyone hopeful.

That’s my feeling right now as I was just confirmed, me and a couple of my Mexico buyers invited to attend Tianguis Turistico Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit 2012, are staying at the beachfront VILLA PREMIERE HOTEL & SPA, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Puerto Vallarta. It so happens that I absolutely love boutique hotels and their contrasting personalities

I’m counting the days until my trip to Puerto Vallarta to stay at this oceanfront, adults-only retreat and after completing our dedicated Romance Agenda of the destination and Tianguis’ commitments, let myself be totally pampered. But truth is papering starts upon arrival with amenities such as welcome champagne glass, 5 minute welcome anti-stress massage, butler service, and more, oh yes this must be the life, I can feel it. After so many places to see, people to meet and deals to close, during Tianguis, this will be absolutely heaven.

I remember –now mouthwatering- having one of the most amazing ceviches at their oceanfront restaurant during my visit last May, it was all oh so great, and so perfect until well we had to head out to check out another in our fam trip.

One of the things I like the most of the Villa Premiere experience – AAA Four Diamond hotel-, was attention to detail and personalization in their service, actually “In order to make your stay more enjoyable” as their motto, they go above and beyond any request, and start serving you way in advance, for example they would send along with your reservation confirmation, a link for your to select from a list your preferences of pillow menu or aromatherapy in your room, among others.

As for their hotel amenities; they pride on surprising their guests the glass of champagne and refreshing cold facial towel on guest’s arrivals, concierge service, personal butler (that can assist you unpacking and packing your luggage, some ironing, shoe shining, and even preparing your Jacuzzi for a romantic evening with candles, rose petals, incense and chocolates. Isn’t it ideal for lovers, honeymooners or what?), two pools (one with swim up bar, which we all like), very comfortable loungers and beach beds, free wireless internet access throughout the property and suites, and all of this conveniences, at just a 5 minute walk to the famous boardwalk in downtown Puerto Vallarta (where you can find shopping, restaurants and bars, discos and more.) what’s not to love right?

However if you thought that was all there was, you were wrong. Villa Premiere is a property with a very strong focus on wellbeing and has Yoga classes, even for those gourmands they have an offering, how about cooking and cocktail preparation workshop with their Executive Chef? Or maybe you just want to chill and enjoy of some quiet time while at the steam room and sauna at their SPA, or if you are one of those individuals than rather use the gym instead of the beach to workout, well, you got that too.

In regards of the rooms and suites -and I would always take a suite in this place- they feature private balconies with ocean views, luxury bathroom amenities, robe and slippers, flat screen TV and DVD player, safety deposit box, minibar, coffee machine, iron and ironing board. A very virtuous property it is. Can’t wait to get back there ASAP, I’ll make sure I prepare myself for a wonderful time as I always have while in Mexico, regardless the destination of choice.

I’m flying out there on the 24th. this month, so beware my “Mexico, lindo y querido” (Lovely, beloved Mexico) for here I go, by myself, the hopeless romantic and travel lover. I head there hopeful too, we never know what there is around the corner, or a thousand miles away, so let’s embrace the trip, the experience and the romance that Puerto Vallarta exudes. Who knows, I just got a memo from a friend, telling me that because of Tianguis’ high demand, there is a room shortage in the destination, so I might be “forced” to sharing some space…   Yeah, there are always great excuses for love in Puerto Vallarta.

VILLA PREMIERE HOTEL & SPA. Ph. +52 (322)22 67 40

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And the DESTI Award goes to… MEXICO!!!

17 Feb

2012, is the the inaugural year of DestinationWeddings.com “DESTI Awards” by DestinationWeddings.com , the leading destination wedding and romance travel company in the world, rewarding the absolute best of the hotel and destination performers. Trough the DESTI AWARDS, the company recognizes resorts for their destination wedding capabilities and accomplishments within the wedding market. These awards are the exclusive result of DestinationWeddings.com customer service and satisfaction feedback during the course of 2011.

DestinationWeddings.com has recognized Love Mexico Weddings, as a recipient of a special award for the incredible contributions to the destination wedding and romance travel industry. “Love Mexico has amazing educational forums and must be applauded for their efforts in educating travel agents, wedding coordinators and resort staff” say Destinationweddings.com officers.

 

  • The top destination winners of the 2011 “DESTI” Awards are: Special Recognition Award: LOVE MEXICO WEDDINGS
    And this was the surprise we received yesterday!: “… We are delighted to inform you that Love Mexico Weddings is awarded The DESTI Award for your significant contribution to destination weddings and romance travel. Love Mexico Weddings has been recognized for its outstanding destination wedding training and exceptional accomplishments within the destination wedding and romance travel market. This DESTI Award is testament to the professionalism and hard work of the team at Love Mexico Weddings and we would like you to pass on our congratulations and thanks to all of them. The ultimate accolade is customer satisfaction and this is what we mutually strive for”.

The award ceremony will take place at Vallarta Palace where this year’s recipients will meet during Tianguis Turistico 2012 in Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit.

When I asked Ed Cotton, Chief Operating Officer for DestinationWeddings.com what where his thoughts about marrying in Mexico he immediately responded “I’ve seen thousands of couples marry in Mexico. We have had approximately 7,800 of our couples marry in Mexico in the past seven years and we have arranged travel accommodations for about 343,200 guests attending weddings there. Nearly 60 percent of our destination weddings take place in Mexico and there are plenty of reasons why”.

We discussed as per his experiences how Mexico offers those with small and large budgets much to choose from in terms of resorts, wedding packages, activities and tourist attractions. He added: “Mexico boasts a rich culture, lush landscape, stunning scenery and a variety of activities, making it one of the most popular destinations for couples to marry at. And the most trouble couples and their guests have during their weddings in Mexico is partying a little too much!”.

In terms or styles and sites, we agreed there are endless romantic ceremony sites from which to choose. Whether a couple envisions their ceremony on one of Mexico’s incredible white sand beaches, in a beautiful botanical garden or in one of the country’s historical churches, there’s truly something for everyone.” Then he added:  “couples can also choose from hundreds of beautiful resorts which feature gorgeous suites, quaint double rooms and luxurious designs. Whether a couple is looking for a small hotel on the coast of the Riviera Maya or a high-end resort in the heart of one of Mexico’s colonial cities, there is a property to meet their needs”, and that’s what the DESTI awards praises, excellence for destination weddings clients.

Other very important point that he made, had to do with weddings in Mexico being  affordable, which is one of the most important factors when it comes to deciding where to have a wedding, considering also the trip is also affordable for their guests.  Not to mention, once the main events have passed, there’s so much for couples and their guests to see and do.  He talked then about the archeological sites, exciting excursions, beautiful beaches, hip restaurants, local eateries and swanky bars and clubs. “A wedding in Mexico truly allows couples and their guests to be immersed in culture, music and romance. The plethora of activities, sites and ceremony and reception venues keep engaged couples coming back year after year” Mr. Cotton highlighted.

The wrap up our session, Mr. Cotton concluded “No matter where our couples stay in Mexico, the atmosphere, culture, attractions and landscape in unbeatable. While couples leave Mexico with incredible wedding memories, their guests leave with wonderful memories as well”, and I couldn’t agree more.

Friends, with this opportunity I remind you to make sure you check out the MEXICO WEDDING PLANNER online booklet for a weatlh of wedding realted Mexico destination profiles and references. Or for some Mexico weddings testimonials, we were invited to check out DESTINATIONWEDDINGS.COM blog

Thank YOU very much DestinationWeddings.com for awarding Mexico trough Love Mexico this very meaningful award.

 

Carmen Laborin, Romance Director, Mexico Tourism Board

www.visitmexico.com

 

Today, the launch of CASA VELAS Facebook Contest to Win a -$20,000 USD value- Vow Renewal Vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

8 Feb

Winning Couple Receives All-Expenses Paid Vow Renewal Vacation Experience at “Beyond All-inclusive, Beyond All Compare TM” Casa Velas Boutique Hotel & Ocean Club Puerta Vallarta, Mexico 

“Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare TM,” Velas Resorts is launching a Facebook contest on Valentine’s Day to win a luxury all-inclusive vow renewal vacation for up to 10 guests at Casa Velas, an adults-only boutique hotel and ocean club in Puerto Vallarta. The winning couple will receive a four-night stay in the 5,550+ square foot Presidential Suite which features original artwork by Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante, a spacious private terrace with a 376 sq. ft. plunge pool, expansive living and dining areas, full bar, formal dining table for 10, Italian marble bathrooms and more. The vow renewal ceremony includes a minister service by Incredible Weddings & Events, floral decoration by Florística , incomparable scenery courtesy of Celtrev, photography by DreamArt , video coverage by Memories Studio. The couple will be treated to a Nature Spa Experience four days of treatments and wellness activities dedicate to healing of the self, soul and spirit at Spa Casa Velas. An evening aboard the Velas 55 ft. yacht; unlimited golf at Marina Vallarta Golf Club; a unforgettable tour courtesy of Vallarta Adventures, dazzling gift courtesy of Diamonds International, a welcome dinner at the Casa Velas Ocean Club for the couple and up to ten guests, and a special rate for guests accommodations at Casa Velas are also included.

With premium international liquors included throughout their stay, the winning couple can opt to dine at Casa Velas or any of the gourmet signature restaurants at its sister properties’ Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit or Velas Vallarta.

Beginning Valentine’s Day (February 14th) through March 14th, couples from the USA, Canada and Mexico are welcome to enter by submitting five photos of themselves on the Casa Velas Facebook Page. Photos with captions should best represent their marriage and key events in their life together. 10 finalists will be chosen by The Velas Resorts Communications Committee in a drawing on March 15th. The following day, the 10 finalists will be notified and public voting will take place through March 31st on the Casa Velas Facebook Page. The winning couple will be notified on April 2nd, along with the corresponding results.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE CONTEST:  http://on.fb.me/VelasContest
Phone 24 Hrs: 1-888-309-5385

For more information, visit www.hotelcasavelas.com

About Casa Velas: Casa Velas, a boutique hotel and ocean club nestled on the greens of Marina Vallarta’s 18-hole golf course, is a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World and a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award. Located just five minutes from Puerto Vallarta Airport and only 15 from the popular downtown area, art galleries and “El Malecon” (the boardwalk), the hotel features 80 suites, some with private pools and Jacuzzis. The recently remodeled Spa Casa Velas, a Leading Spa of the World, encompasses five treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy area, a garden-view fitness center equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, and a beauty salon. Emiliano a la carte fine dining restaurant is at the hands of one of the area’s leading chefs serving Mexican and international cuisine. Casa Velas was chosen a Top 10 in three categories – Luxury, Relaxation/Spa and Hotel for Romance – by TripAdvisor® in its 2011 Travelers’ Choice® awards, and Expedia® named Casa Velas among the top-ranked hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list which formally recognizes the best hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value.

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