Mexico president to address 2001 Tianguis

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Vicente Fox, Mexico's president, will be one of the featured speakers addressing delegates of the 2001 Tianguis marketplace, scheduled to take place at the Acapulco International Center April 22 to 25.

Tourism minister Leticia Navarro and Rene Juarez Cisneros, governor of the state of Guerrero, also are scheduled to speak at the annual gathering of tour operators and travel agents who sell Mexico.

Thus far, 1,218 tour operators and travel agents have registered for the event, according to Eduardo Chaillo, director of Tianguis, who said the goal is to have 1,600 tour operators and agents attend.

Approximately 40% of the tour operators who have registered are new to Tianguis and specialize in ecotourism and business travel, two of Mexico's growing niche markets, Chaillo said.

During the four-day event, Mexico tourism suppliers and international delegates will attend seminars and meetings and take in the trade fair's exhibitions and festivities. A total of 15 post-conference tours will be offered to destinations throughout the country.

As for the trade show, destinations featured this year will include Chihuahua and the Copper Canyon, the Riviera Maya, Monterrey and Michoacan.

Among other topics, seminars will address the incentive market in Mexico and recreational sport-fishing opportunities from the Sea of Cortes to the Riviera Maya region.

While in Acapulco, delegates will want to spend some of their free time exploring the city. Here are some of the attractions worth visiting:

  • As in many Spanish colonial cities, the heart of the old central district is the zocalo, or main square, and the adjacent cathedral, Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.
  • The zocalo, with the sea at one end and the cathedral at the other, is a prime location for people-watching. The cathedral features a stark white exterior and two blue and yellow bulb-shaped spires.

  • From the cathedral, visitors can walk to the hilltop San Diego Fort, which was built in 1616 to protect the galleons that conducted trade between the Philippines and Mexico from Dutch and English pirates.
  • The fort, which was rebuilt after a 1776 earthquake, was subsequently renovated and converted into the Acapulco History Museum. It's open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Near the convention center is the Casa de la Cultura complex featuring an archaeology museum, an art gallery and a handicrafts shop. The complex also features outdoor and indoor theaters.
  • No trip to Acapulco would be complete without visiting the famous clavadistas (cliff divers) of La Quebrada. The acrobatic divers have been entertaining visitors to Acapulco since 1934, leaping from 140-foot cliffs into a narrow crevasse with rising and lowering tides. Visitors can walk uphill to La Quebrada from the zocalo via Calle La Quebrada.
  • One of the best places to view the spectacle is from the restaurant/bar at the Plaza Las Glorias Hotel, which charges a small fee (including two drinks) to get in while the diving is taking place.

  • Acapulco's beaches are a top attraction, and the beaches running east around the bay from the zocalo -- Playa Hornos, Hornitos, Condesa and Icacos -- are its most popular.
  • City buses ply the beachside avenue -- La Costera -- that fronts the beaches, making it easy to visit them all.

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