SHOW: Mexicos 30th annual Tianguis Turistico travel trade
show -- said to generate nearly half the countrys business --
kicked off in Acapulco April 10, attracting an estimated 1,100-plus
buyers (including 100 new tour operators, wholesalers, meetings
planners and travel agents) from 25 countries to meet some 1,300
representatives of 300 Mexican suppliers, 50 of them new
participants. Organizers -- who claim Tianguis, held annually in
Acapulco since 1976, is the seventh-most-important such event
worldwide -- set a goal of booking 19,000 appointments on site
during the four-day fair. Personalities in attendance at the show
this year, which runs through April 13, included Mexican President
YOU: Mexican tourism got a new look April 10 at Tianguis,
when the Mexico Tourism Promotion Council (CPTM) unveiled a new
logo developed in a rebranding campaign valued at nearly $100,000.
The new MEXICO logo features updated, re-colored typography inlaid
with imagery meant to be evocative of Mexicos heritage, diversity
and modern tourism draws. The logo was last updated eight years
THEM: Addressing recent U.S. State Dept. travel advisories
regarding Mexico, CPTM director general Francisco Ortiz Ortiz said
at Tianguis that the postings -- which caution Americans about
visits to the U.S.-Mexico border region and Cancun -- were having
little effect on arrivals. Although visits from U.S. states
bordering Mexico were down slightly thus far this year, overall
American arrivals were up some 12%. The State Dept. has issued
warnings about the dangers of kidnappings along the border and
extortion by police in Cancun.
STORY: Several hotel and resort chains made news at
Tianguis Turistico 2005, including:
" Pueblo Bonito Hotels & Resorts -- which operates three
properties in Cabo San Lucas, two in Mazatlan and one in Puerto
Vallarta -- will open a new 154-unit, wellness-oriented luxury
property called Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Holistic Retreat and Spa in
Cabo San Lucas on April 15. The chain also will break ground on
Pueblo Bonito Punta Mita, a 5-star resort near Puerto Vallarta.
Call (800) 990-8250 or visit www.pueblobonito.com.
" Hilton Hotels said Mexican franchisees are pumping $170 million
into eight properties with 1,100 new rooms and suites under
development through year-end 2006 south of the [U.S.] border.
Hilton already has 16 properties in Mexico, with 3,645
accommodations units. The new hotels will include one Hilton, two
Embassy Suites, two Hilton Garden Inns and three Hampton Inns. For
more, see www.hilton.com.
AVENTURAS: Agent-only, Mexico City-based
adventure travel specialist Rio y Montana began selling its Mexican
active holidays in the U.S. this year. The operator, which offers
hiking and biking excursion vacations in the Mexican wilderness and
eschews direct bookings, pays travel agents 17% commission on all
products. For more, visit www.rioymontana.com or (480)