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As part of the activities that framed the great ‘Fiesta Amigos Mazatlan 2013’, on October 31 took place the pinnacle event of the festival, delivering awards “Golden Deers” which seeks to recognize the efforts and support of the tour operators which generated higher volume of tourists to Mazatlan.
With the presence of the Governor of the State of Sinaloa, Mario Lopez Valdez, Mazatlan Mayor Alejandro Higuera, the Secretary of Tourism of Sinaloa, Francisco Cordova Celaya, members of the Association of Hotels and Tourism Companies of Mazatlan and domestic and foreign tour operators were awarded eight Golden Deers to those operators who throughout the year 2013 favored the port of Mazatlan with its promotion. The winners were:
- Delta Airlines – Airline Top USA 2013
- Sun Country – Top USA Airline 2013
- Expedia – Online Travel Agency USA 2013
- Best Day – Internet Travel Agency Mexico 2013
- Estur – Tour Operator Mexico 2013
- Intermeeting – Professional Conference Organizer (PCO) 2013
- Mark Rogers – Travel Writer USA 2013
- Guillermo Bernal Valdez who was named “Friend of Mazatlan 2013″
The ‘Fiesta Amigos’ of Mazatlan is a friendly effort that has been held for 19 years and that has an incalculable value in the field of business relations and friendship between hoteliers and tour operators in Mexico and abroad that it throughout the year are distinguished by promoting Mazatlan and consequently carry potential increased flow of visitors.
Our more sincere recognition to all who made this possible and look forward with open arms to the Great ‘Fiesta Amigos’ Mazatlan 2014.
The New York Times reported a few days ago that Madonna announced the first winner of the online contest, “Art for Freedom” along with the Canadian Culture Magazine “Vice” created to encourage artists, photographers and visual poets and video to create works that focus on Social Justice.
The first winner was Lesmack Meza Parente, from Mazatlan, who produced the video “The Great Dictator” which manages to combine the closing speech of Charlie Chaplin film “The Great Dictator” in 1940 with contemporary images that provide a modern interpretation of Chaplin humanistic appeal.
As encouragement, Madonna granted a subsidy of $10,000 usd to a nonprofit organization to be chosen by the winning artist and is expected to award a prize each month for an entire year.
Hotel Playa Mazatlan extends its warmest congratulations to the artist Lesmack Meza Parente who his work puts in high place the Mazatlan’s name in the world.
Source: New York Times
Last Friday, the 1st of November was held in Mazatlan’s Historical Center the traditional ‘Callejoneada’ of the Day of the Dead that the Institute of Culture, Tourism and Art of Mazatlan place every year as part of Mazatlan Cultural Festival brought together hundreds of residents and national and foreign tourists who were part of our traditions.
Spectacular ‘Catrinas’ headed the tour for the altars of the Historical Center who were accompanied by ghosts and skeletons. Behind them a donkey was pulling a wagon carrying barrels of beer where the crowd raised their glasses to try the drink.
To the sound of the band did the tour for the altars in ‘Casa del Caracol’, Hotel Melville, ‘El Recreo’, Archaeological Museum, Museum of Art, College Sinaloa and the Angela Peralta Theater which the haunted mansion was characterized.
Congratulations to the organizers and attendees who with their enthusiasm and participation kept alive the traditions of Mexico.
Yesterday afternoon the Governor of Sinaloa Mario Lopez Valdez, Mazatlan Mayor Alejandro Higuera and family of the singer and composer Fernando Valades, gathered in Olas Altas to unveil a statue in honor of one of the most prominent composers of Mazatlan whose fame and prestige were recognized in Mexico, Central and South America.
Fernando Teodoro Valades Lejarza, composer, pianist and Mexican singer, best known as Fernando Valadés, born on April 1, 1920 in the beautiful port of Mazatlan. His career began in the late 50′s reaching its climax in the 60′s, whose success took him across Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean and United States. Composer of over 200 songs, gold record winner and 13 discs, dies of a heart attack in December of 1979 after a depression.
The event was also attended by Jose Angel Espinoza ‘Ferrusquilla’, Jaime Martuscelli and Jose Angel Pescador Osuna, representatives of the College of Sinaloa and Maria Luisa Miranda, president of ISIC. Also in the iconic Angela Peralta Theater gave up himself an honoring where interpreted songs of his authorship, among the most prominent were were: Peek into my soul, Why I don’t have to cry, Gift from heaven and Forgive me if you can.
This sculpture you can appreciate on Paseo Olas Altas at the height of Sinaloa’s Shield, a work by the sculptor Pedro Jimenez, who is the creator of iconic pieces of the port, as ‘The Venadito’.
After 11 years of construction and with an estimated investment of 28,600 million pesos, today the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, will head the formal opening ceremony of the Mazatlan-Durango Superhighway, considered by the Federal Government as the most ambitious road work of the 21st Century in Mexico.
The opening of the Mazatlan-Durango Superhighway marks the start of a new economic block that expected detonates the development in the north region of the country, connecting the Asian markets with the East of the United States and Canada through a logistics network, reducing travel time from 6 hours to 2.5 in light vehicles and 10 to 4 hours for trucks through the mountainous zone of the Sierra Madre Occidental.
Through a statement issued by the Government of Sinaloa was reported that the Mazatlan-Durango Superhighway create a route for the economies of the block Asia-Pacific (APEC) integrated by 21 nations that concentrate the major economic growth, responsible for 53% of the world production and 47% of the global trade, besides the fact that it will stimulate the tourism in both regions.
Hotel Playa Mazatlan welcomes the crystallization of this ambitious project, hoping the Mazatlan-Durango Superhighway brings benefits for the whole country.
Mazatlan, an eternal favorite of those who look for a warm and hospitable environment, nestled in the Mexican Pacific and recognized by its natural beauty, tourism of adventure, nightlife, culture and gastronomy; sharpens the details to receive next November the first shipping that will represent the return of Cruises to this beautiful tourist Mexican port.
As part of the efforts that have been carried out to show the world a cleaner and safer Mazatlan, on October 9 was held a meeting work headed by the Secretary of Tourism of Sinaloa, Francisco Manuel Cordova Celaya, and where was attended by the Mayor of Mazatlan, Alejandro Higuera Osuna, the Undersecretary of Public Security of the State, Hector Manuel Castillo Medina, the director of API Mazatlan, Alfonso Gil Diaz, the delegate of SEMARNAT, Jorge Abel Lopez Sanchez, representatives of roads, presidents of chambers of commerce and associations of hotels, tour operators and transporters of the port, which undertook to form working groups, who within their responsibilities, will improve cruise tourist attention.
Some of the topics that will be given higher priority are:
Physical conditions of the public transport (pulmonia and taxis), which affordable prices will offer and there will be health insurance for the traveler.
Modules of Attention and Tourist Information, which they will install in the Historical Center and main tourist attractions of the port.
The vendors and timeshare will organize more efficiently to avoid feeling harassed by tourists.
A clean Mazatlan is another crucial point that both, the authorities and society, must work and continue to push, as this is the only way to highlight the architectural and natural beauty that Mazatlan has.
On October 4 was held in the El Venado Theatre Hall of the Hotel Playa Mazatlan the official presentation of the series of concerts of country music that Canadian singers will be offering in Mazatlan through “The Brenster & Carrum Show” from November 2013 to April 2014.
With the assistance of the Secretary of Tourism of Sinaloa, Francisco Cordova, the singers Tanya Carrum and Brent McAthey, Rafael Tostado and the Operations Manager of Hotel Playa Mazatlan, Lance Vient, it was announced that the strategy of tourism promotion of Mazatlan will expand in this winter season with a series of country music concerts performed by renowned singers of this genre in Canada, including: Patricia Conroy, The Good Brothers, Gary Fjellgaard and Joan Kennedy.
At the end of the conference the Secretary of Tourism of Sinaloa, Francisco Cordova, appointed Brent McAthey as Mazatlan’s Official Tourism Ambassador in honor to the important role he has done in his music to convey the natural beauty of Mazatlan and be one of the main promoters of port every concert in the U.S. and Canada.
Meanwhile, Brent McAthey, accompanied of his artistic partner Tanya Carrum Semoloni, was grateful for the opportunity to do this project and bring Mazatlan to great Canadian music idols.
Do not miss the season 2013-2014 of “The Brenster & Carrum Show” at Hotel Playa Mazatlan, and delight your palate with an exquisite buffet dinner enjoying the incomparable voices of Brenster, Tanya and guest artists.
For more information contact our Concierge (next to the reception area of the hotel) or call us at (669) 989 0555 ext 34.
Dr. Francisco Cordova Celaya, Secretary of Tourism for Sinaloa is holding a press conference this Friday Oct 4th at The Hotel Playa Mazatlan to announce the upcoming Brenster and Carrum Canadian Country Concert Series Shows that will take place between Nov. 2013 and April 2014 here in Mazatlan, Mexico. Local media, Television, Radio and Newspaper will be in attendance to cover this event.
Thanks to the efforts realized by the Government of the Sinaloa in strengthening the security of Mazatlan’s port and for the arduous labor and negotiations made by the Governor Mario Lopez Valdez and his collaborators with shipowners of United States, three major cruise lines announce their return to the beautiful port of Mazatlan, Mexico this fall and early next year 2014:
Holland America Line back in November with Veendam
Norwegian Cruise Line back in December with Norwegian Star
Azamara Club Cruises back in early 2014 with Azamara Quest
As part of the strategy, they presented reports endorsed by federal authorities of the falling trend in crime rates from 2011 that has presented the state, where it has been invested to just over 60 million pesos. In addition, Mazatlan’s destination has created a tourism corridor that connects the tour that the tourists do from the cruise pier to the historical center of the city, covering the main tourist attractions and integrating security cameras working 24 hours a day under the supervision of the local and tourist police.
This certainly is great news for Mazatlan and demonstrates the excellent results that have thrown the program implemented by the Government of Sinaloa to decrease the perception of insecurity with which the port of Mazatlan was catalogued.
Source: Los Angeles Times
On Tuesday September 10 in the Gaviotas venue of Hotel Playa Mazatlan, the out-standing lecturer and businessman Jorge Flores Kelly gave a Magistral Conference which was entitled “Mexico Think Positive” where the leader affirmed “to know more Mexico and believe that is a better country than they paint it will help to project it this way, as a future economic power”.
Organized by Coparmex Canacintra and Transformacion Organizacional (Organizational Transformation), the conference “Mexico Think Positive” was attended by over 400 people consisting mainly by businessmen, young students and employees from different local companies who were caught by the exhibition of Kelly Flores on having informed real data of our country and projections.
Jorge Flores Kelly noted that “countries that traditionally were pushed the economic growth were United States, Europe and Japan. We are seeing now that these countries have reached a certain maturity in their populations and economies that do not grow as easily. What is the impact? Is that countries that are going to grow in the coming years are emerging economies, including Mexico.”
He also assured that the hard data show that Mexico is one of the countries that have the greatest contribution to the world economy; it will be the fifth power in the coming years. He regretted that many Mexicans still believe that there is no progress or prosperity. And the negative comments manage to take root so much in the citizens that the topics of weak and poor are part of family conversations.
Jorge Flores Kelly, who was born in Mazatlan, is a natural leader and visionary with a multifaceted and impressive career based international education and extensive professional experience in both: the public and private sectors. He is a creator of the civil project ‘The Catalyst’ and author of the book ‘Mexico Think’.
Hotel Playa Mazatlan extends its sincere congratulations to Kelly Flores and all the team that made possible the realization of this kind of event in Mazatlan.