Mexico's President Felipe Calderon told the Group of Rio Summit that a new body to represent both the Group of Rio and the Caribbean Committee had been formed on Tuesday in Playa del Carmen, a resort town on Mexico's Caribbean coast.
"We have reached a consensus but we have not decided on a name, " Calderon told presidents assembled for the second day of the Summit, which included heads of state from both the 24-nation Group of Rio and the 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom).
"We have decided to create an organization that includes all the organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean," Calderon said. "We have decided to base an organization on shared values including sovereignty and the non-use of force, including threats of force, international cooperation ever closer integration of Latin America and the Caribbean and permanent political dialogue," he added.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Leaders of 32 countries were in Cancun, Mexico, Tuesday at a summit, hoping to organize a bloc minus the United States and Canada, officials said.
Summit host and Mexican President Felipe Calderon said the envisioned organization would promote better integration and shared economic development among Latin American and Caribbean countries, giving the region a stronger presence internationally, the Los Angeles Times reported. The new organization also would act as a counter to the Organization of American States, which some Latin leaders complain is dominated by the U.S. agenda.
"It is time for Latin Americans and Caribbeans to unite," Calderon said Monday at the start of two-day meeting, urging leaders to set aside political differences that have fractured the region.
"The challenge that faces our region is not a matter of left or right, it is not a question of ideologies or doctrines," Calderon said. "Rather, it is the alternative between the past and the future, a future where the values we believe in -- democracy, justice and freedom -- can flourish."
Cancun's International Airport has officially launched the "Tax Back" program, located at terminals two and three.
The program allows travelers visiting Cancun to cash in taxes paid while shopping at stores such as Armani, Gucci Sunglasses, Tumy, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, DKNY, United Colors of Benetton, Puma, Sergio Bustamante and Pineda Covalin.
Because Value Added Tax (VAT) can only be returned on products, shoppers need to simply ask for a receipt at the participating stores and bring the proof of purchase to the Tax Back service offices at the airport.
Cancun can be a pretty cheap destination, especially since the Riviera Maya section of the Yucatan Peninsula has become so popular.
If you’re looking for authentic Mexico, Cancun isn’t it. It is a destiny built for tourism. If you’re looking for sun, sand and relaxation — plus some side trips to Mayan ruins — this could be the place for you.
One note: If you’re not into watching high school and college kids barf off balconies, make sure your hotel isn’t one that caters to the younger crowd.
Most Cancun hotels contract with companies that offer lots of side trips. Three we’d recommend:
Order an ice cream cake from the Dairy Queen on Marine Boulevard, and a world-class decorator will frost the treat.
Staff decorator Michelle Halbrook came in first nationwide and placed third in the world among Dairy Queen employees in last month’s “Iron Tip” ice cream cake decorating competition, held at the company’s biannual convention in Cancun, Mexico. Halbrook, who has worked at the Marine Boulevard location for 12 years, narrowly missed the opportunity to compete at the Iron Tip in 2007, taking the title for the Southeast marketing region and placing just below the decorator who won first in the nation that year.
This year, she faced off against decorators from Canada, the Philippines, Kentucky and Minnesota. And unlike most traditional cake decorating competitions, the medium provided an additional challenge for competitors.
“Basically, make sure you can do it quickly, because it’s ice cream — you don’t want it to melt,” Halbrook said.
Cameron Beckman won the Mayakoba Golf Classic for his third PGA Tour title, closing with a 3-under 67 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over third-round leader Joe Durant and Brian Stuard.
The 40-year-old Beckman, three strokes behind Durant at the start of play Sunday, finished at 15-under 269 on the Mayakoba Resort's El Camaleon course. Beckman also won the 2001 Southern Farm Bureau Classic and 2008 Frys.com Open.
"I started off well. I parred the first and birdied the next two and kind of got going a little bit," Beckman said. "I was really uncomfortable off the tee today, and I chipped and putted really well. That's pretty much what got the tournament won for me."
Cameron Beckman closed with a 4-under 67 to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic, a PGA Tour event at Riviera Maya-Cancun in Mexico. The victory, worth $648,000, was the third of Beckman's career.
The 40-year-old Beckman finished at 15-under 169. Brian Stuard and third-round leader Joe Durant ended up tied for second two strokes back. Stuard carded a 5-under 66 while Durant closed with a disappointing 1-over 72.
Five players finished tied for fourth at 272. The group included Skip Kendall (64), Richard S. Johnson (65), Briny Baird (68), Chad Collins (70) and J.P. Hayes (71).
HAITIAN President Rene Preval arrived in the Mexican resort city of Cancun on Sunday to seek help from Latin American and Caribbean leaders to rebuild his quake-shattered Caribbean nation.
'I do not have the words to thank all Mexicans, and the entire world, for all their help. I feel so grateful with my whole heart,' Mr Preval told reporters at Cancun's airport.
Mr Preval was meeting on Sunday with Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders on that organization's strategy for Haiti.
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, flew last night to participate in the Summit of the unit leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean.
It will start on Monday and Tuesday with the participation of Heads of State and Government of Latin America and the Caribbean, and it will be considered the creation of a regional convergence that will involve countries of the region, such as members of the Rio Group processes (GRIO) and the Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean (CALC).
The Rio Group is a place for political dialogue comprising all the countries of Latin America, Belize, Cuba, Guyana, Haiti and Jamaica, and has already 23 years of experience.
The CALC seeks to coordinate the processes of integration and development policies in different regions.
"They're looking for any place that's got sunshine," travel agent Susie Meredith said about those looking for a getaway right now.
Meredith, travel agent at the AAA East Central office on Ninth Street in Vienna, has been very busy booking cruises and trips to exotic locales.
"Some of the more popular destinations are Mexico, Cancun, and there's a new place south of Cancun, Riviera Maya. It's a little different. It's an all-inclusive resort, a little more secluded than Cancun," she said.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya Celebrates Elton John Performing In Chichen-Itza With Decadent Concert Package. “Sir Elton in Mexico” package combines live concert at one of the Seven Wonders of the World with a luxury weekend resort experience in Riviera Maya.
Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico has created the most exclusive luxury experience to celebrate Grammy-winning legend Elton John’s live concert in Mexico on Saturday, April 3, 2010.
Guests will have an opportunity to see Elton John perform in Chichen-Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, while enjoying all the amenities of this Five-Diamond resort from accommodations in a Beachfront Casita with views of the Caribbean Sea and just steps from the beach to pampering spa treatments and private butler services.
Five nights in an interior cabin aboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, departing from Tampa and stopping in Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; all meals and non-alcoholic beverages; nightly entertainment; and trip insurance, from $391 per person—plus about $50 in taxes.
When: April 12; add $58 for April 3.
This summer will be the fifth summer that Dr. Xienema Catepillan, of the Math Department, will be offering a math course in Mexico. The course, Mathematics in Non-European Cultures, is designed for college level students to learn about ancient Mayan History, culture, and mathematics as they travel through the ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula. The instructors for the course are top scholars in the field of Mayan archaeology.
Before the course, a five-day classroom component at Millersville University will survey a variety of mathematical ideas developed by non-European cultures. Students will fly into Cancun, Mexico, and then be bused to Playa Del Carmen May 22, 2010.
On the first day in Mexico, students will attend an orientation meeting and the first course lecture, titled “2012- The End of Time?” On May 23, 2010, students will attend lectures on Mayan history, numbers, and calendars. Students will spend the night in Playa Del Carmen at Hotel Hacienda Caribe, which is located one block from the beach in the downtown area.
Greg Norman is in Mexico this week for the PGA Tour's Mayakoba Golf Classic. The PGA Tour event starts Thursday at Mayakoba Resort at Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, México. Mark Wilson is set to defend his 2009 title at the venue situated alongside the Caribbean Sea.
The popular Aussie and his Greg Norman Production Company runs the tournament. Norman was on hand with Juan Miguel Villar Mir, president of event sponsor, OHL, and golf instructor Jim McLean, who has a golf school at Mayakoba Resort. Here's what Norman and the other two had to say about the tournament in a conference with reporters.
Former two-time champ Cristian Mijares was scheduled to compete on a February 27 card in Cancun but will have to sit out due to a recent injury suffered last December. During his last fight, Mijares suffered a broken eardrum that according to his doctors, hasn't yet properly healed and cannot be cleared to fight.
The card itself has also been shiften from Cancun to Guadalajara and will now feature WBA junior flyweight titlist Rodel Mayol takin on Omar Nino in the main event.
The PPV will also feature Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. taking on Marvin Sonsona in Puerto Rico for the vacant WBO junior featherweight strap.
Cancun is perhaps one of the most sought after spring break destinations for college students this year and every year. It’s no wonder why so many college students flock to this area that couldn’t be described as anything less than paradise. With sandy beaches, wild parties, and relaxed drinking laws for people under the age of 21, Cancun Mexico attracts a large following of college students.
This year over 2 million college students will leave their books and responsibilities behind and go crazy at popular destinations such as Cancun. Many schools have already started spring break; however, the majority of schools are scheduled to start in the weeks to come. Spring breakers will start to show up at vacation hot spots this week and will continue until mid to late next month. Beaches will be taken over by young students with no other agenda than to party and have a good time. If you are ready to party at one of the hottest spring break destinations then grab your mouse and start searching for hot spring break package deals in Cancun.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Last Thursday afternoon, during the ceremonial raising of the national flags at the Vancouver Olympic village, the Mexican national anthem blared over the loudspeaker. Mexico's lone Winter Olympian, alpine skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe, stood at attention, right arm crossing his chest. That's right — Hubertus von Hohenlohe. If you're thinking that name doesn't sound very Mexican, you'd be absolutely correct. In fact, he's a descendant of German royalty, the son of Prince Alfonso Hohenlohe and Princess Ira Fürstenberg. Can't get more Mexican than that.
After Olympic officials raised the flags for Mexico, Azerbaijan, Denmark and Great Britain, actress Sandra Oh — a Canadian and star of Grey's Anatomy who was emceeing the event — invited the athletes onto the stage for a festive dance. "We are celebrating you, the youth of the world!" screamed the overcaffeinated star. One problem, Sandra, von Hohenlohe of Mexico is no youth — he turned 51 two weeks ago.
After the mandatory high fives and posing for pictures to celebrate our triumph we soon discovered that climbing up was the easy part.
My seven-year-old daughter Grace and I were at the top of Coba -- at 130 feet the tallest pyramid in Mexico's Riviera Maya.
Making the ascent was as an accomplishment and a bit of a study in overcoming fears.
But the descent was proving to be another story.
Looking up during the climb and braving the height was one thing.
Looking earthward while coming down was another story entirely.
That's when the sense of vertigo and being unconstrained on a steep and ancient pile of ruins kicks in.
The Mayans that build this pyramid about 1,200 years ago to get closer to the gods didn't bother to install handrails.
Navigating the erratic steps required a look-straight-ahead-definitely-not-down stare and a modified side-step criss-cross.
Once back on land we could reflect back on the feat, without mention of any of the fear, and gloat to the rest of the tour group that steadfastly refused to conquer the pyramid.
Boosters of Playa del Carmen, the Mexican resort community situated an hour's drive south of Cancun, claim it's the fastest growing city in Latin America.
That boast is propelled by the thousands of people drawn to the once sleepy fishing village by its creamy beaches, azure Caribbean waters, secure streets and myriad shopping, dining and recreational possibilities.
The Mayan Riviera town has morphed from paradisal backwater to big money resort destination, even as glittering 21st-century Playa has retained a modicum of small-town street cred - local bylaws have kept high-rise hotel towers away from the heart of the town. Well, at least compared with the monoliths and mega malls of Cancun.
The area has a myriad of exotic pleasures, including one of Mexico's most satisfying and arcane regional cuisines. The ancient Maya had marvellous crops like corn, beans, squash, cacao, chilies and tomatoes. Add to that turkey and a rich and varied bounty from the sea.
Cheap holidays to Lanzarote have something for everyone and are the perfect choice for a wonderful family break. Lanzarote is the fourth largest of the Canary Islands and lies just off the coast of west Africa, helping to ensure its place as a top winter destination aswell as a top summer hot spot. A four hour flight from the UK makes it perfect for children to enjoy the experience without getting fidgety and bored along the way.
Arriving at Arrecife airport, you’ll soon be transferred to your chosen holiday destination. Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise are the most popular resorts you'll find on your holidays to Lanzarote, but there are smaller places to choose from if you prefer somewhere more relaxing and quiet.
Puerto del Carmen is probably about as lively as this island gets with one of the longest beaches on Lanzarote offering a multitude of water sports for the whole family to enjoy. On an evening, you can make life as exciting or as relaxing as you like, choose from lively music and karaoke bars or family run pubs with child friendly facilities that cater very well for the younger generation, helping you to relax and enjoy your evening out. Restaurants also cater for the whole family with child menus and family special offers helping to keep cheap holidays to Lanzarote well within budget.
In order to celebrate de 40th anniversary of Cancun and the magnificent recovery of its beaches, El Rey Polo Country Club proudly presents the first Nations Beach Polo Cup,
which will be held on March 5th and 6th. The Cup will be played by 4 international teams: Germany, Sean Ireland, Argentina and Mexico. El Rey Polo Country Club would be the venue for the semifinals and ME Cancun will host the final game on its beach and then offer an after party.
70000tons Of Metal, the World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival will now take off on a world tour to pick up more bands for their line-up. Before leaving port they thought they would need some more Finnish Trolls, so they welcome Finntroll to the line-up.
That makes it 9 out of 40 and counting. Now they will set sail in the Baltic Sea on their way to pick up the next band. Where may their next port call be...? You shall know soon! Stay tuned!
So far the confirmed 9 out of 40 bands are: Amon Amarth, Epica, Finntroll, Sodom, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, Trouble, Uli Jon Roth and Witchburner
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean "Majesty of the Seas" from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Three fishermen, two from Yucatan and one from Veracruz, which wrecked at 8:30 yesterday morning on the coast of Quintana Roo, after the boat they were traveling overturned were rescued safely by personnel from the Fifth Naval Region.
From Isla Mujeres in a statement of the Fifth Naval Region, reported that the fortuitous rescue of three sailors, took place at 9:10 am, 40 minutes after it collapsed.
The wreck happened 11 kilometers north of Cabo Catoche, near the island of Holbox. The weather derivative of the cold front number 30, caused the boat bilge with three fishermen on board.
The fishermen were found floating at sea with fuel drums held that rescued when the boat gave the bilge.
He explained that the rescue took place when Naval personnel aboard a Patrol Interceptor patrol routes and conducting surveillance on the coasts of Quintana Roo and spotted the three fishermen floating.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The pictures, captured at the end of January, show the prey huddling together in a desperate defensive formation designed to confuse their larger hunters and bring safety in numbers.
But with the colossal predators bearing down on them at 70mph escape was almost impossible, with the sardines eventually ending up us fast food for the lightning-quick sailfish.
From vegetable gardens and green houses to a water purification plant, the Barceló Maya Beach Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and Barceló Huatulco Beach in Huatulco, Mexico, have embraced the green revolution to help preserve the environment while simultaneously appealing to their eco-conscious guests. Both resorts have even earned the prestigious Certified Gold status from Green Globe, the benchmarking program for sustainability in travel and tourism.
At Barceló Maya Beach Resort, guests are invited to participate in the resort’s sustainability and energy-saving practices. Throughout the complex, guests can read important information about protecting the local environment and visit an ecological information hut to learn about the care of mangrove swamps, reefs and sea turtles. Guests are also offered the option to conserve energy by reusing towels and sheets rather than requesting fresh towels daily.
Other eco-friendly practices involve treating water in filtration plants to be reused for garden irrigation, sorting trash for proper disposal, using energy-saving light bulbs and installing automatic light control in public areas.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Puebla paid a visit to Atlante in Cancun and almost left with all three points before losing the lead in the last moments of the game to end in a 1-1 draw. Herculez Gomez gave Puebla the lead early in the second half and led the team until Rafael Marquez Lugo equalized for Atlante late in the game.
Los Potros extended their losing streak to four games and hold only two points to their name for the Bicentenario 2010. Puebla left with four points from four games.
It's quite a stretch to focus on Valentine's Day when you're out in a blizzard shopping for snow tires.
So it's not so surprising that Canadians cast their eyes -- and hearts -- toward warmer climes when Cupid draws back his bow. There's nothing like a week's break in the tropics to add some heat to the old romantic spark.
Not that celebrations have to fall on the 14th. If you can't get away in mid-February, you can build your personal Valentine's vacation anytime you spot a seat sale. And if you and your soulmate are planning a stay at a sunny all-inclusive resort, every day can become that special day.
Our Mexican vacation fell in January, but the maid had a Valentine's scene ready when we checked into our room.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
On Monday 8th, Cancun's beach recovery work will resume after being suspended for technical equipment maintenance.
Rodrigo de la Peña Segura, president of the Cancun Hotel Association, said that from now on they will determine how they will maintain the sand.
As you may recall, the beach recovery work began last November with the release of sand in the area of Punta Cancún, to target Punta Nizuc and cover a stretch of 10.7 km, for which 5.9 million cubic meters will be deposited, extracted from the sand banks "The Ollita" of Isla Mujeres and Punta Norte Cozumel.
After a pause of several days to maintain the technical equipment, it was reported that next Monday will resume the work of sand poured on the last leg, which is approximately 400 meters. The landfill will reach the area surrounding the Royal Solaris.
BritBeat, a Beatles Tribute based in Chicago, is inviting fans to embark on a Beatles Tribute Cruise, setting sail March 28.
Mingle with renowned Beatles artists, photographers, authors and ex-girlfriends on a six-night journey aboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas.
The vessel calls at Belize City, Costa Maya and Cozumel.
Guests can look forward to band trivia, karaoke and autograph sessions, as well as an auction of Beatles memorabilia for the Dara Roberts Fund.
BritBeat will be aboard, entertaining guetss with a special Costume/Dance party and a set list of popular Beatles tunes.
PokerTek, Inc., the worldwide leader in automated poker tables, announced today that it recently completed its 40th PokerPro table installation in Mexico across 19 properties.
PokerTek’s recent installations include properties in Acapulco, Aguascalientes, Cancun, Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta and Tijuana. These installations bring the total number of PokerPro tables installed in Mexico to 40 as of January 31, 2010.
“We are pleased with the progress in Mexico,” said Mark Roberson, PokerTek’s Acting Chief Executive Officer. “Our casino customers are now able to offer live poker on PokerPro and the response has been impressive."
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Surf 'n' sand has long been the main attraction drawing Canadians to Mexico. Now add surf 'n' turf.
Steeped in history and vibrant flavours, Mexico serves up some of the world's best cuisine. Yet, if you're like most Canadians, your Mexican experience dining begins and ends with tacos, nachos, salsa and guacamole, while the country's true, rich culinary scene remains a mystery.
For clues about what awaits your taste buds, let's venture beyond the taco on a culinary journey south to the land of chiles, ceviche and chilled Corona.
In Mexico's 32 states, techniques and seasonings are tweaked to suit local ingredients. Regardless of where you go, you will eat corn, beans and chilies, the holy trinity of Mexican cookery.