Mexico Tourism Board releases seminar series schedule By Jorge Sidron / January 24, 2002 Share 1 -- NEW YORK -- The Mexico Tourism Board announced dates for a series of winter seminars designed to turn travel agents into Mexico specialists. The Moods of Mexico seminar series is sponsored by the tourism board and operated by Destination Ventures, a Bend, Ore.-based meeting planning firm.Now in its 10th year, the seminar series has been attended by more than 22,000 travel agents in the U.S. and Canada.The program consists of half-day, classroom-style seminars focusing on selling Mexico to leisure travelers, with an emphasis on niche markets such as honeymoons, golf, spas, ecotourism, fishing, cultural tourism and gastronomy.All seminars begin with a general overview of Mexico and progress to trip planning, with advice from Mexico experts on everything from pleasing the client to making the most out of a commission opportunity.As part of the program, agents will receive a 400-page sales guide with information on Mexico's geography, history, climate, holidays and currency as well as tips on shopping, dining, sports activities and transportation.The seminars are preceded by breakfast and a mini trade show where participants will be able to meet with Mexico suppliers. Seminars run from 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.Advanced classes will be held in certain cities from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will focus on such Mexican destinations as Chiapas, Merida, Cuernavaca, Veracruz, the Copper Canyon and colonial cities.The schedule follows:• Jan. 29, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix. • Jan. 30, Atrium Airport, Orange County, Calif. • Jan. 31, Marriott Mission Valley, San Diego. • Feb. 1, Sofitel, West Los Angeles. • Feb. 13, Doubletree Bellevue, Seattle, and the Sheraton Gateway, Chicago. • Feb. 14, Hyatt Regency Tech Center, Denver, and the West Coast River Inn, Spokane, Wash. • Feb. 15, Greenwood Inn, Portland, Ore. • Feb. 19, Doubletree Arden Fair, Sacramento, Calif. • Feb. 20, Wyndham Airport Hotel, San Jose, Calif. • Feb. 21, Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco. • Feb. 27, Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver. • March 5, Eden Roc Resort & Spa, Miami Beach. • March 7, Marriott Pe-rimeter Center Hotel, Atlanta. • March 12, Inter-Continental Hotel, Dallas. • March 13, Doubletree Post Oak Hotel, Houston. • March 14, Doubletree Airport Hotel, San Antonio. • March 20, Embassy Suites West Hotel, Milwaukee. • March 21, Doubletree Airport Hotel, Minneapolis. • March 22, Radisson Inn Airport Hotel, Salt Lake City.Details of the fall schedule will be available by May 30. The seminars cost $29 for the morning class, $19 for the afternoon class and $39 for the full-day session.The seminars can be paid for on line at www.moodsofmexico.com. Agents also can call (800) 599-6633 to request an invitation by fax.