​​​​​​​QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER - No.1 - August 2018

We are very proud to launch our first quarterly Newsletter where we intend to keep you informed in brief of the more relevant latest news regarding the Tourism industry in Mexico. 

MEXICO NEWS

Perspectives in the tourism industry with the assumption of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as president of Mexico

Elected president Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that his government will strengthen the national economy by supporting tourist cities across the country.

He will promote three actions to boost this economic sector.

First he committed to improve the economic and social situation of the inhabitants of the tourist cities.

The president also said that he will seek the care of the environment, because he said that "if the territory is destroyed, tourism is over."

He stressed that it is necessary to guarantee the safety of the tourists and, if necessary, to create a special police for the tourist centers to protect the visitors.

Miguel Torruco Marqués, future secretary of Tourism,affirmed that, during the administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, no pharaonic works will be carried out in matters of tourism, However, one of the main bets of his six-term will be the construction of the tourist train of the southeast, that will provoke a good development in the whole peninsula (Yucatan), including also the state of Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas and Quintana Roo. He explained that the first stage of this railway project, which will comprise the Cancun-Tulum-Calakmul-Palenque route, is likely to materialize in four years. 

Torruco recalled that 10% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) comes from tourism, but noted that it is important to diversify the tourist markets and as important as increasing the number of tourists, it will encourage them to extend their length of stay and additional monetary outlay..

Sources: Adapted from an article of www.elfinanciero.com.mx-Cuartooscuro and www.forbes.com.mx July 2018 

CULTURE

New Ball game court opens

The first pre-Hispanic ball game court was inaugurated in Mexico City July, 2018. at the Faro Poniente Xochikalli located in the Azcapotzalco delegation..

Carried out among the people of Mesoamerica as a ritual of utmost importance, the Tlatchitl or Ball game, considered the Game of the Gods, had its origin for more than three thousand years from Central America in countries like Honduras to northern Mexico, involving the various cultures settled in Mexico – from the Olmecas, Mayas and Toltecas to the Aztecs. 

It is considered as the pre-Hispanic history of football. It consists in the confrontation of two teams of 5 players each. It is played with a rubber ball, which must be hit with the elbows, hips and buttocks. Teams score points each time the ball crosses or touches one of the two hoops on the sides of the court.

In those days besides being a sports practice, the game was carried out as a tribute ritual or to solve some territorial dispute.

As the Nahua believed that the Tlachitl was a game invented by the gods, the playing field represented the sky. Therefore the movement of the ball within the field represented a struggle between the forces of light and darkness.

This game ritual was considered a cosmic metaphor because the ball reproduced the trajectory of the stars, while the players were responsible to decide its course in the firmament and represented the daily dangers facing the sun in their long journey the celestial plane. During that time the ball game, having an astral and religious significance, could not be played by anyone. Only the priests, the tlatoani (rulers of cities) and the Warriors could be part of the teams.

Nowadays this game is practiced in several areas of the country, in order to preserve the tradition. that can be watched in places like Xcaret or Tulum and you can now enjoy watching this game in Mexico City too. The newly opened court, located in front of the metro station Rosario in Azcaptzalco, Mexico City, counts so far with the registration of 20 people interested in being part of a team. The only requirement for those interested is to have bodily skill and agility, since such aptitude is indispensable by the characteristics of the game.

Come and Visit Us! It is a magical memory preserved with fervor of the deeply rich past of our country!

 

Sources: Adapted from an article of www.animalpolitico.com July 13th 2018 and  www.307rivieramaya.com Manuel A. Martínez

DESTINATIONS

Mexico City

Mexico City is, by most counts, the largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere. To know the real city is to appreciate its mural-covered museums, colorful crafts markets, and game-changing art and design scenes. —Julia Cooke

Our capital city has undergone massive revamping of the tourism areas in the past years which has made it the number one tourist destination in the country and in the World  as the New York Times named it on their "52 places to Go in 2016"..

Its accommodation, meeting and congress/convention infrastructure, restaurant tradition, diversity and wealth of venues make it one of the greatest destinations for the Meetings Industry in the World.

Some interesting Facts of Mexico City

  • Founded as Tenochtitlán in 1325 Mexico City is the oldest capital city of the Americas. It was the capital city of the Mexica Empire (known as Aztecs) which had 300 thousand people,a larger population than any European city at that time, when conquered by Spain in the 16th century.

  • Is one of the wealthiest cities in the world and its economic growth is one of the highest according to PricewaterhouseCooper.

  • Is the fourth most populated city in the world.

  • Is located at an altitude of 7400 ft. above sea level and is surrounded by mountains.   Its weather is temperate all year round.

  • The UNESCO declared 4 separate World Heritage Sites, the only city in the world: the Historic Center, Xochimilco (a borough known for its canals and artificial islands-chinampas-, the UNAM's Campus C.U..(Mexico´s largest public University) and the house and studio of Luis Barragan, a prominent Mexican architect.

  • The central square of the City, known as the Zocalo is the third largest open square of the world.

  • It has the largest number of museums in the Americas and the second largest number in the world.

  • It has the largest urban park in the World: the Bosque de Chapultepec Park - twice the size of New York's Central Park.

  • Chapultepec's Castle is the only real castle in the Americas, that was home of Maximilian of Absburg.

  • The Alameda Central is the first urban park of the continent.

  • The Villa de Guadalupe is the second most visited Catholic sanctuary in the world (after the Vatican) with 14 million visitors a year.

  • Is one of the best cities in the World for dining according to a Forbes survey.

  • It has over 23 million people, so it is one of the largest in the World but it is also the most watched over as it has more than 11,000 safety cameras throughout.

  • There are at least 8 important archeological zones in Mexico City and surroundings- with the Templo Mayor's ruins in the heart of the City,below the Metropolitan Cathedral.

 

In addition Mexico City is known worldwide for its hospitality and the warmth of its people. We will always be ready to welcome you with the biggest and kindest smile. Come and discover it yourself! 

Sources: Adapted from an article of www.myguidemexicocity.com August 3rd 2015 and www.journeymexico.com/ from Jessica S. January 25th 2016

CASE STUDY

An agave experience in Mexico City

In 2017 we coordinated all services and provided production for an agave experience where with the help one of the foremost authorities in Agave Spirits in the World, we set up stations with agave spirits from different places in Mexico, we secured also sponsorship to bring agave plants directly from Tequila and around the country. featuring stations with the following beverages:

  • Tequila

  • Mezcal

  • Pulque

  • Raicilla

  • Sotol

  • Mixology

  • Flair tending

This interesting event was held in a Museum in downtown Mexico City and was a huge success.

Let us take care of anything that you could need in Mexico;!

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