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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.

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MEXICO MAKES MAGICAL DESTINATION WEDDINGS’ MEMORIES FOR ANY COUPLE & OFFERS SPECIALISTS A NUMBER OF VIP ROMANCE FAMILIARIZATION TRIPS IN 2012

23 Mar

NEW YORK, March 22nd. 2012 – Destination Weddings Meet the Sensitive Needs of Today’s Couples, and for that reason Mexico invites travel agents and wedding planners to their 2012 familiarization trips so they can experience first hand.

While most couples on their honeymooners head south for Mexico’s perfect beaches and pristine waters, that’s not all there is to see and do. With decades of experience in wedding and honeymoon planning, Mexico wants to woo the world as its new capital of romance! Exotic cities, luxurious spas, rich traditions, vibrant history, friendly locals and a multitude of bonding experiences, make the allure of Mexico hard to resist when it comes to L-O-V-E. And some of the world’s most popular celebrities are taking notice. Mexico has already had success in attracting several high-profile stars to its gorgeous locales for romantic honeymoon getaways. In fact, US Magazine declared Cabo San Lucas and Punta Mita as two of its “A-List Honeymoon Destinations,” for hosting couples such as actress Hilary Duff and hockey player beau Mike Comrie, as well as reality starlet Khloe Kardashian and L.A. Laker hubby Lamar Odom. It’s no surprise that Mexico was the only destination mentioned twice on the list, because when it comes to honeymoons, romance and weddings, Mexico’s got skills.

The country’s exotic locales, accessibility, romantic atmosphere and favorable climate are only a few of the reasons why more and more couple’s are finding themselves marrying south of the border. Having decades of experience in the destination wedding industry, the country offers knowledgeable wedding specialists to partner up with, creative event production and out-of-this-world culinary offerings. Not to forget, that with a number of cultural, adventure and social activities, a wedding in Mexico is the perfect excuse for a guilt-free mini-vacation! What truly sets Mexico apart as a prime wedding location is the great attention to detail placed on weddings. This is primarily due to the importance of marriage in Mexican culture, which ensures that every wedding in Mexico is only of the highest quality.

On top of that, destination weddings are “a profitable match for agents” says Travel Market Report, and Mexico is the number one locale for creating unforgettable destination weddings memories for anyone’s clients. For that reason, the Mexico Tourism Board, along with a number of local VCB’s and their Secretaries of Tourism in Mexico, have come together to invite qualified TRAVEL AGENTS & DESTINATION WEDDING SPECIALISTS from USA or Canada to participate on any or all of their “2012 VIP ROMANCE FAMILIARIZATION TRIPS” scheduled on several dates ranging from April 30th., to November 7th., 2012, and covering 9 cities and beaches of Mexico that have romance product of excellence.

As a semi-hosted buyer program, the destinations aim to bring top wedding planners or related travel specialists to their magical destinations in an effort to showcase their locales as the perfect location for honeymoons, weddings & special events. The primary goal this trip is to increase their visibility and its premiere facilities and services, as well as strengthen the relationships with travel industry partners for an amazing opportunity to learn about the beauty, folklore, traditions and modernity of colonial jewels of Mexico, unparalleled in beauty & value, as you know, there’s nothing better like living the experiences firsthand.

2012 ROMANCE & WEDDINGS RELATED FAM TRIPS PARTICIPANT DESTINATIONS’:

LOS CABOS DESTINATION WEDDINGS’ SUMMIT

(4 days/3 nights) 30 April – May 3rd. 2012 . Open to 20-30 guests.

Cities of origin: Dallas, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, San Diego and Seattle (AIRPORT: SJD / Los Cabos International Airport).

CONTACT:  Paloma Palacios / info@visitloscabos.org

Los Cabos, located at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, is home to award-winning hotels and resorts, championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-class sport fishing and much more. With a unique landscape of dramatic desert and white sand beaches, Los Cabos is an exotic escape within easy reach. Couples looking for the perfect place to get married and/or have their honeymoons need not look farther than the intimate and breath-taking location of Los Cabos. Warm breezes, star-filled nights, and endless beauty are the perfect combination for a romantic and luxurious wedding or honeymoon for lovebirds seeking a memorable experience. It’s Time2SayIDo!  www.Time2Cabo.com

*NOTES: Special flight rates might be offered for this destination with AA or The Los Cabos Hotel Association, might be able to reimburse qualified attends up to 250 USD per person, as travel aid.

PUERTO VALLARTA

(4 days/3 nights) May 22-25th., 2012 / Open to 20 guests

Cities of origin: Anywhere US & Canada (AIRPORT: PVR / Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport).

CONTACT: Ana Regla / ana@visitpuertovallarta.com

Puerto Vallarta is a place full of fantastic food, culture, natural beauty and romance. The cobblestone streets, charming colonial architecture and lush landscape make Puerto Vallarta a unique location for your destination wedding, vow renewal or romantic getaway.

Puerto Vallarta is a popular choice among couples planning destination weddings because of its picturesque views, beautiful flora, clear-blue waters and magnificent mountains. Have your ceremony at sunset on one of Puerto Vallarta´s pristine beaches or exchange vows with a view of the mountains

*NOTES: Special flight rates might be offered for this destination.

CANCUN & COZUMEL (5 days/4 nights) June 18-22nd., 2012 / Open to 20 guests

18-20 CANCUN / 20-22 COZUMEL.

Cities of origin: Anywhere US & Canada (AIRPORT:  CUN / Cancun International Airport)

CONTACT: Rocío González Jonguitud / rgonzalez@cancun.travel

Cancun is the perfect setting for love, pleasure, passion and experiencing unforgettable moments. It is a magical place where you can be in harmony with nature while enjoying all the comforts of a large city set in the lush jungle. Cozumel, a dreamy caribbean island setting, fun day trip excur­sions, good restaurants and duty free shopping. For Cancun product guide, click HERE.

CHIAPAS (5 days/4 nights)  July, 4-8th., 2012 / Open to 20 guests

Cities of origin:  Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Dallas (AIRPORT: TGZ Angel Albino Corzo International Airport )

CONTACT: Patricia Castellanos / pcastellanos@destinochiapas.com

Chiapas is a great place to discover just how much more Mexico has besides beaches and all-inclusive resorts. Chiapas has beautiful colonial cities, vibrant indigenous culture, fascinating archaeological sites, and incredible natural beauty, from rain forests to waterfalls.  San Cristóbal the former state’s capital, where you’re being hosted, has gorgeous architecture, fascinating museums, and exquisite restaurants and bars.

QUERETARO (4 days/3 nights)  august, 21-24th., 2012 / Open to 20 guests

Cities of origin: Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles. (AIRPORT: QRO Querétaro International Airport)

CONTACT: Graciela Gorraez / ggorraez@queretaro.gob.mx

Querétaro is a cultural and historic state recognized, more than once, as World Heritage. It is a natural paradise for finding adventures and discovering ancient traditions. It is an artistic, fun, safe, and romantic place. We invite you to meet the splendor of México.

RIVIERA NAYARIT (5 days/4 nights) September 18-22, 2012 / Open to 10 guests

Cities of origin: Anywhere US & Canada (AIRPORT: PVR / Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport).

CONTACT:  Richard Zarkin / rzarkin@rivieranayarit.com

Riviera Nayarit is an exciting and wondrous adventure; here you’ll have the best experience upon your arrival. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Western Sierra Madre Mountains, a stunning treasure awaits you — Riviera Nayarit, a tropical wonder whose coastline stretches for almost 200 miles, and whose southern border unfolds just 10 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

This destination provides a backdrop of intense skies, emerald mountains, abundant vegetation and endless beautiful golden beaches for an unforgettable celebration experience. In every beach, in every little town, the lush vegetation, the extraordinary animal species and the beauty of nature will leave you totally awed. Nayarit’s coastline winds north through the municipalities of Banderas Bay, Compostela, San Blas, Santiago and Tecuala

MERIDA (5 days/4 nights)  October 7-11, 2012 / Open to 20 guests

Cities of origin: Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles. (AIRPORT: MID)

CONTACT: Rosa Elena Vermont / rosa.vermont@yucatan.gob.mx

Merida, in Yucatan state is a perfect fusion of past and present, It is a constant dance of colors, aromas, sounds, flavors, textures… It is a never ending mosaic of prodigies to be discovered. Due to their status as a multi-cultural state and vibrant cosmopolitan city, Yucatan and Merida have become some of the trendiest places in Mexico. Luxury, exclusiveness and comfort, show themselves in their luxurious properties of finest style and care as if born for hospitality.

Their motto is to smile and make their visitors smile. The hospitality, the warmth of their locals and their singularity, sets them apart, and pride them into sharing it with their visitors, who easily become friends.  To know Yucatan is a unique experience, always different. Yucatan it’s said to be a “Land of Universal Wonders”

IXTAPA (4 days/3 nights)  November, 4-7th., 2012 / Open to 10 guests

Cities of origin: Los Angeles Calgary, Houston, Phoenix, Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, Denver & Minneapolis. (AIRPORT: ZIH Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport ).

CONTACT: Guillermina Camarena / guille.camarena@visitiz.com

Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, is a dual offering of deluxe resorts and vil­lage charm; romantic tropical bay setting, good water sports and golf, very relaxed pace.

During the VIP ROMANCE FAMILIARIZATION TRIP, participants will enjoy a number of activities, site inspections, as well as some social events at properties, to be presented on an ITINERARY from each destination, with a fantastic program they have come up with for your enjoyment and convenience. This will be sent to you on expression of interest with them.

Complimentary registration for this VIP ROMANCE FAMILIARIZATION TRIP includes:  

  • 3-4 nights’ accommodations in a top hotels & resorts. Individual rooming.
  • All meals on program at destinations
  • Airport transfers to/from the destinations and hotels as well as TO/FROM tours, activities.
  • Planned social & recreational activities on program.
  • Attendee certificate from local VBC office as a destination expert.

***The local destinations have arranged with hoteliers & local vendors on additional incentives, which will be confirmed during the main destination presentation, for those attendees that close a wedding group within the next 45 days of the familiarization trip***

Interested planners and romance travel consultants willing to attend may direct their inquiries or RSVP’S directly the representatives for the participant destinations.  We suggest as early as possible, and no later than 1.5 months before each of the familiarization trips’ dates, since it’s a wonderful educational opportunity to be treated into Mexico’s premier destinations, spaces are limited.  Confirmations will be then confirmed directly with you, by each of the destinations based on those guests that fit the agent/wedding planner criteria, on first come first serve basis.

Aeromexico and American Airlines premier Mexico partner with a large number of daily direct connections from USA to Mexico tourist destinations will be offering discounted rates for agents attendant these Mexico familiarization trips.

Please allow MEXICO the opportunity to HAVE YOU AS GUEST OF HONOUR on our Fam Trips designed for you to experience all that these magical Mexican locations have to offer as wedding destinations for your clients’ memories for life.

Look forward ot seeing you soon in Mexico.

 

Carmen Laborin

 

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  Mark Twain

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FOR MORE INFORMATION OR GUIDANCE ON DESTINATION WEDDINGS IN MEXICO, PLEASE E-MAIL: weddings@visitmexico.com.

About the Mexico Tourism Board. The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) brings together the resources of federal and state governments, municipalities and private companies to promote Mexico’s tourism attractions and destinations internationally. Created in 1999, the MTB functions as an executive agency of Mexico’s Tourism Secretariat, with autonomous management and the broad participation of the private sector. The MTB has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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The latest… From Wedding Salon Chicago’s getaway winners, to The International Wedding Summit, passing by the Biz Bash blast had.

21 Oct

It’s Fun Friday times indeed for Erin Rohde & Sarah Dodds, from Roselle & Chicago respectively for they were announced today they are the so very lucky winners of the past WEDDING SALON that took place at the W Hotel Chicago a few weeks ago, where more than 700 brides gathered to enjoy, as the Chicago Wedding Planning Examiner, on October 5, says: for “Cookie-Cupcakes, Natural Accents, Colors of the Rainbow, Attention to Detail & Fashion Inspired Weddings, Amongst the Hottest Trends for 2012” showcased.

 

Erin Rohde, is taking a trip of her life with her beau to PUERTO VALLARTA in Mexico, staying at the BARCELO Puerto Vallarta, 4 days/3 nights all-inclusive, with transfers arranged by Tropical Incentives , round trip flights courtesy of the bet Mexican Airlines Aeromexico, an evening of guaranteed fun for “Rhythms of the night”  produced by Vallarta Adventures & to end the night with class and style, a dinner for two at renowned Cafe des Artistes. Oh la la!.

On the other hand who will be enjoying CANCUN at is best is Sarah Dodds, who along her fiancee will be staying for 3 nights at the Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort. 4 days/3nights all inclusive stay for two. courtesy of TROPICAL WEDDING EXPERTS.

It was a fun fun event the one in Chicago, and among the lines of the “The Hottest Bridal Trends for 2012 Unveiled at the Wedding Salon” they acknowledged the Mexico Tourism Board, for Puerto Vallarta & Cancun as the ultimate go-to destinations in 2012.

Make sure you follow “TAT’S TIPS” for more news on the upcoming shows & wedding trends, where of course we will be treating you with plenty of surprises.

For those of you who by any reason, don’t know who the author of TAT’S TIPS is, of course Tatiana Byron, celebrity event planner and founder of The Wedding Salon, which produces luxury and high-end bridal expos in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, by the way, know that she’s launching a new business-to-business event for wedding professionals called The International Wedding Summit, which will take place November 1 in New York City, presented itself through a series of ongoing discussions with industry professionals. “Those attending will be wedding vendors from all different categories,” says Byron. “It ranges from photographers and videographers to invitation companies and travel companies. They’re business owners or people in charge of marketing for their business.” she says.

The Summit will have a series of educational sessions that take a question and answer style format, with Byron asking industry professionals for their business insights. Some of the topics that will be explored include brand building, social media, blogging, how to start a business and the art of Web marketing. Professionals from Google Weddings, Vera Wang, Kleinfeld’s and The Knot will be in attendance. Other non-wedding related speakers will be weighing in on topics in attempt to offer insight into successful business strategies at large that can be implemented across a variety of platforms.

For those of you eager to learn bore about “It gets to the core of how successful people become successful,” Byron says. “We have Dylan Lauren, who is the founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar, the world’s largest candy store, and Rory Tahari, vice-chairman of Elie Tahari. They are not in the wedding business but we’re having them in because they’ve both executed successful business strategies. Rory Tahari transformed their brand to be a $500 million company. We’ll be addressing what the turning point was in her business, what were some of the key decisions you’ve made and what were some of the challenges you’ve faced within your business?”

Clients that have previously participated in roundtables and new companies will be invited to attend the International Wedding Summit, with a maximum of 100 attendees.

“Wedding marketers reach a new consumer base each year, which can lead to failure in so many start ups,” she says. “We have pulled together the best business minds behind the biggest brands in bridal, as well as renowned entrepreneurs to create the ultimate learning experience for business owners.”

Some of the BIG names that will be available to attendees of this Summit, and sharing their adventures are: David Berke, President of Colin Cowie Lifestyle, who we happened to say hi to during Colin Cowie’s master presentation on Biz Bash, Shawn Rabideau  (Celebrity Wedding Planner, Bethenny Getting Married), as well as Mark Ingram, Founder, Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier who we haven’t seen since he kindly hosted us for Wedding Salon’s Wedding Boothcamp along with marvelous Carley Roney, Founder of The Knot, bright, sexy, strong woman who we just saw at Las Vegas Wedding MBA, legendary Sylvia Weinstock, Founder of Sylvia Weinstock Cakes, Mara Urshel, Co-Owner of Kleinfeld Bridal, Michelle Rago, Michelle Rago Destinations & Google Weddings, Dylan Lauren, Founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar and Rory Tahari, Vice-Chairman of Elie Tahari.

Some of the personalities taking part of the summit were of course at the most recent BIZ BASH event in NYC, which main goal is to reach the meeting and event planners, marketers, strategists and which basically covers the top markets such as New York, Boston, South Florida, Los Angeles & Chicago, not only with conference & trade shows but with great print magazines & online page with very useful references.

Thanks David Adler, for braking your diet while we had lunch at delicious Mexican Restaurant “Toloache’ in NYC, but above all for the great job done putting together a great program for this year’s NY event at the Javits Center just this past Wednesday, where I was more than happy to see &  hear Colin Cowie, whose sexiness I love, but mostly appreciated was his master presentation and ongoing inspiration -who by the way happens to be having a photo shoot these days in Mexico for a campaign with Palace Resorts. He has been more busy now that he recently launched his superb and chic COLIN COWIE WEDDINGS site, which has a beautiful and friendly platform for any bride to enjoy and use for their wedding planning. Also in attendance of Biz Bash (the leading trade publication in the event industry) event, was nominated for Social Planner of the Year awards, Shawn Rabideau.

The event’s highlight was to met in person with MEETUP founder and smarty Scott Heiferman, who on a heartfelt and simple presentation reminded us importance of #connecting.

Along the dynamics of the conference and also in the hallways, we were seduced by an almost magic and truly electric presentation of a so very talented violinist playing amidst a background of current top hits, managed graciously by  super energetic Premier Talent Entertainment’s, President, Troy Curtis.

Two amazing planners’ friends of mine who where there on top of everything at the event, were Andrinique Davis from Andrinique Special Events based in US, but with offices even in Mexico, produce sophisticated local and destination affairs, she has a fun blog if you want to keep up.  The one that deserves the most recognition here is definitely Caty Gomez from Caty Gomez Events, top planner and venues owner -based in Mexico, with offices in Acapulco & Riviera Maya but producing events nationwide- who came all the way to NYC just to check out Biz Bash event and meet with some local vendors for updates on most current products and trends on the industry. She is by far one of the most relatives and entrepreneur women I’ve met, and I’m very very proud she managed to get to NYC, whatever the excuse was originally.

I unfortunately missed out on the magnificent THE KNOT GALA this year and again held at the New York Public Library (still can’t get over last year’s Preston Bailey’s floral sculptures of “Bride & poodles”) but NYC keeps promising amazing happenings on daily basis so know that I’m open for invites. On the meantime I’m ready and confirmed for the The International Wedding Summit on the 1st. November & “Dia de Muertos” Show Installation on the 2nd., in NYC, ABC’s 2011 Annual Business of Brides Conference November 6-8, in Baltimore, MD., and the Wedding Salon NY on the 14th.

Fun Friday to you all.

Be Happy, and Love always,

Carmen.

P.S. Quick reminder on the “Marry Me in the Riviera Maya” wedding contest that has already been opened to Facebook fans and will be held from October 1st-31st, 2011. (You got to check it out. Wish I could participate, if I only had a willing man whom I loved and was committed to, I’d be the first one for sure to share my story and our creative wedding proposal, so simple). Read on here

So what do Peter Greenberg & Criss Angel have in common?

21 Sep

Let’s start with what a hectic day it was yesterday, September the 20th. Not only the day went by magically as if only seconds have passed by, but was so full of news and exciting happenings!!

First of all I find out that my darling beau CRISS ANGEL the ‘Mindfreak’ illusionist just engaged to Sandra her 21 y.o. girlfriend for four years’ in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Was a bit disappointed at first, for on one of my few but wild dreams, is I’d meet him and eventually you know give place to a possibility of falling in love, hey as an illusionist he is, I imagine it would be the ultimate rush to fall in love for a man like him, and bring to the relationship all kinds of trickery and have it be filled with all sorts of surprises, but guess now we would never know the type of fun it would be to marry me… Oh well.

Anyways that who broke the news to us was Vegas DeLuxe journalist Robin Leach and he walked us trough the proposal soirée that actually took place at The One and Only Palmilla resort in Los Cabos, he writes “It started just as a romantic sunset dinner on the beach close to the crashing waves. They walked along rose petals that had been scattered on the sand to an intimate table for two with a guitarist playing a discreet distance away. They stayed barefoot when they got to the table he’d arranged surrounded by a circle of flaming torches… At the beginning, it just looked like a romantic holiday dinner, but at dessert there were two hearts made from chocolate and cookies, and that’s where he’d hidden the ring to surprise her.” Gee, as you can see true romance is not only for common people like you and I and celebrities or not we can all feel the love well deep inside our hearts, particularly while enjoying the nice warm breeze, watching the sunset, zipping some fine wine  on any of Mexican beaches, made with love perfect for romance. I know love is expressed easier while in Mexico .

About the love, a really sweet ‘thing’ they did as soon as the couple celebrate their engagement -and that which Sandra insisted on- was paying a visit to a local orphanage there, which looks after 30 children, so they did and with all the trimmings, that is, the recently engaged couple trekked to a store and they loaded up minivans and four flatbed trucks with food and toiletries to give to the Casa Hogar orphans in Baja, and that ladies & gentleman is what I call being happy, thankful and caring, a great way to kick start a new stage on their lives. Oh yeah!.

Anyways, back to our initial ‘thing’ here, who I did met about to be 4 years ago was Peter Greenberg at a travel & Tourism even t in Mexico City, where I participated representing the State of Yucatan, where I used t olive then. Well, Greenberg happens to be Travel Editor for CBS News, and appears on The Early Show, CBS Evening News, and across many CBS broadcast platforms

And after having run into each other a few times before, and particularly in the past year while at the Mexico Tourism Board, yesterday let me tell you was a very special occasion, not only we met we greet, but along came the president, oh yes, I did I mentioned Peter, sort of ‘joint-ad-ventured’ with Mexico President Felipe Calderon into Greenberg’s latest “Royal Tour”.  Yesterday begin a very special day a very VIP list was invited to New York’s Guggenheim Museum to attend the private launch of MEXICO: THE ROYAL TOUR.

This “Royal Tour” which is to air on PBS’s network on Thursday September 22nd, 2011, and which is intended to  have producer and host Peter Greenberg, showcasing Mexico in a way ‘no visitor has ever seen the country before’ and yes, that is correct, for this time the show will be hosted and guided by no less than the same President of Mexico, a tour that couldn’t have been more personal, the President even took Greenberg to meet his family –and we mean mom, brothers and sisters- at this hometown in Morelia, Michoacan, they sat down for coffee at their living room and chatted, nothing like this I’ve seen before when it comes to featuring a president’s life on this what’s like a sneak peek into a very special family vacation, so I guess he will eventually face a lot of criticism, but then again, that always happens, and since now is the time to focus on what it’s important, so they did, and the well portrayed some of the Mexico -my home country- really is, and in this case what a better example of hospitality, a heartfelt— through the eyes of its leader.

Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism Secretaria Gloria Guevara hosted along with COO of Mexico Tourism Board Rodolfo Lopez Negrete welcomed everyone to witness the truthfulness & quality of the show we had among the VIP guest list the first lady Margarita Zavala; Mexico’s Ambassador in USA, Consul General of Mexico in NY, Ambassador of Mexico and UN representative, Mexico’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, joined by State Governors of Chiapas & Quintana Roo, Mexico, among other public affairs & tourism personalities. Truly outstanding was the attendance of Emilio Azcarraga for example who’s President of Televisa Group (largest TV network in Mexico), Juan Beckham, Casa Cuervo’s President (Largest Tequila company in the world), Kirk Kinsell, Intercontinental Hotels Group President, Matthew Upchurch, Virtuoso, John De Nhysschen, President for AUDI, Edward Bastian, Delta Airlines President David Scowsill, President & CEO of  WTTC, Neal Shapiro PBS / WNET President, Catherine Greteman, CEO for NTA, Sam Gilliland CEO of Sabre Holdings, Terry Dale President USTOA, etc. Here the list’s has got to stop since there were almost 300 handpicked guests on this very impressive list to tough to name all. Amazing experience was to be surrounded by some of Mexico’s fan with most influence on the world of travel & tourism.

So, in this trip that PBS and Peter are taking us in, led by President Calderón we have access to extraordinary locations, landmarks and amazing cultural immersions. In one hour, we will see a 5 day packed experience starting in Los Pinos (the Mexican White House), then Morelia in Michoacán, with a  top at the “Santuario de las Mariposas” (butterflies’ sanctuary) regal home to Monarch butterflies, out again to explore the legendary ruins of lost civilizations, seek out their descendants and find the ancient mysteries these sites have hidden for generations in Palenque & magical Chiapas. From soaring across the skies in a hot air balloon for a bird’s-eye view of Teotihuacan, to whale watching in Baja California, to rappelling stories into a seemingly bottomless pit, the world’s foremost travel journalist uncovers the essence of this captivating and complex nation with the President as his guide. Did we mention also, the visit to great Chichen Itza? or Calakmul in Campeche? Better be prepared, this isn’t for the beach, book & lounge traveler, but the world traveler… They say it is “this is the real Mexico of The Royal Tour”. You want to find out for yourself what is this all buzz about?

Ah, so the question was: what do Peter Greenberg and Criss Angel have in have in common? Well, one response would be: one does magic and another one takes us into close to magical places, one an illusionist and another one as a travel journalist, but hey isn’t; it obvious!?… They all LOVE MEXICO! And they both made my day yesterday, September 21st. Oh yeah! 

 

There you go.

Until next, just love.

 

Carmen

 

Photos: by Robert Landau , SolCaboFotexMX/TVT & Carmen Laborin.

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