Mexico

World Travel Awards recognises the best of Latin America tourism

Mexico, 10 September 2017

Riviera Maya has been hailed Mexico & Central America's Leading Beach Destination, while Cancun has been recognised as Mexico & Central America's Leading Meetings & Conference Destination at the World Travel Awards Latin America Ceremony 2017 in Mexico.

Hosted by the glittering, all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, the prestigious event was attended by hundreds of hospitality leaders from across the region.

World Travel Awards Vice President, Sion Rapson, said: "What a fantastic evening it’s been here at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.

"It has been an honour to recognise some of the leading hospitality providers from Latin America tonight and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of them.

"It is your hard work, dedication, initiative and investment that makes the tourism sector the success it is today."

Rapson continued: “I look forward to seeing many of tonight’s winners later this year at the Grand Final in Vietnam, where they will compete for the global titles."

In the airline categories, Aeroméxico walked away with the titles Mexico & Central America's Leading Airline and Mexico & Central America's Leading Airline Brand while Delta Air Lines was voted United States' Leading Airline to Central America, United States' Leading Airline to Mexico and United States’ Leading Airline to South America. Meanwhile Mariscal Sucre International Airport scooped the trophy for South America's Leading Airport.

Elsewhere Mashpi Lodge was awarded South America's Leading Green Hotel, with Hotel del Parque recognised as South America's Leading New Hotel. Paradisus Playa del Carmen was the recipient of Mexico & Central America's Leading Green Hotel award, while UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya was named Mexico & Central America's Leading New Hotel.

Also among the winners was Quito - voted South America's Leading Destination and South America's Leading Meetings & Conference Destination - Bolivia, which was recognised as South America's Leading Cultural Destination, and Cuenca. The UNESCO world heritage site lifted the trophy for South America's Leading City Break Destination.

In a special award decided by the World Travel Awards Academy, Andrew O’Brian - Chief Executive Officer, Corporación Quiport - took home the trophy for Latin America’s Leading Travel Personality 2017.

Partners for the Latin America Ceremony 2017 included TV5Monde, Aeroméxico, Delta Air Lines, Riviera Maya and Travel Times.

World Travel Awards Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.

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Travel Times announced as official media partner for WTA Latin America Ceremony


4 September 2017

 

World Travel Awards (WTA)  is delighted to announce leading digital travel publication, Travel Times, as an official media partner for its Latin America Ceremony 2017.

World Travel Awards President and Founder, Graham Cooke, said: “We are delighted to welcome Travel Times as a media partner for our Latin America Ceremony.”

Travel Times is known for providing its readers with invaluable information regarding destinations, routes, offers, tip and promotions and we’re proud to be associated with them.”

The prestigious World Travel Awards Latin America Ceremony will take place this Saturday (9th September) at theglittering, all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, with hospitality leaders from across the region expected to attend to discover who among them has been voted the pinnacle of the travel industry.

Luis Rubén Cuevas, Editorial Director of Travel Times, said: “This is a great opportunity for Travel Times to work with World Travel Awards, as a media partner.”

“We are very much looking forward to the event at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya and sharing and showcasing all the latest news about the awards and this great Mexican destination.”

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

For more information, about World Travel Awards, please visit the official website www.worldtravelawards.com

For more information on Travel Times, please visit www.traveltimes.com.mx

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Aeromexico flying high with World Travel Awards contract

1 September 2017 - London

Earlier this year Aeromexico and Delta became the official airlines sponsors of the Mexican National Football Team - and now Mexico’s flag carrier has made the decision to be a sponsor for World Travel Awards Latin America Ceremony.

Aeromexico’s Senior Vice President Global Sales, Giancarlo Mullineli, said: “Latin America is one of our most important regions, with presence in the 15 most relevant cities, and this collaboration allows us to get closer to our clients in the market, as well as participate in a world class event.”

Mexico’s global airline serves more than 90 destinations in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Central & South America and Europe, as well as being the only airline in Latin America to offer customers regular and direct flights to Asia.

Aeromexico’s global vision focuses on service and efficiency. It has been recognised for its distinguished style of attentive, personalised onboard service (think complimentary amenities, meals and drinks including cocktails) in Coach and Clase Premier® - the airline’s business/first class service - and excellent entertainment options including movie and music channels or video games on selected routes.

World Travel Awards President and Founder, Graham Cooke, said: “It is a privilege to welcome Aeromexico into the WTA family. In the wake of the news that Mexico has seen passenger traffic grow by 13 per cent in the first half of 2017, there couldn’t be a better time for Aeromexico to become part of our journey.

“We’re very grateful to Aeromexico for their support.”
 

The eagerly anticipated Latin America Ceremony 2017 will take place at the glittering, all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya on 9th September.

Cooke added: “The Latin America Ceremony is always a highlight of the Grand Tour for World Travel Awards, and the team and I are excited to be bringing the event to the Mexican Riviera for the first time.

“We look forward to welcoming industry leaders and luminaries to the all-inclusive five-star Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in September, and I know it will be a night to remember.”

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

World Travel Awards Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

For more information about World Travel Awards, please visit the official website www.worldtravelawards.com.

For more information on Aeromexico, please visit www.aeromexico.com

Making it in Mexico

Move over Love Island. Make Or Break is set to become the most talked-about relationship show of the summer


If you’rereading this and suffering from major Love Island withdrawal symptoms, fear not for Channel 5 have come up with a remedy.

Enter Make or Break - a new reality TV show full of attractive 20-30 somethings who are sent to a tropical location in search of love.

The show - which airs on C5 at 10pm tonight and will run for a fortnight of nightly, 30 minute episodes - promises romance and drama in spades. All of the eight couples are reportedly going through a “rough time” and will have to work out their issues via workshops, challenges and sex therapy from the resident sex guru.

Then every 24 hours the contestants will be paired with different contestants. The final episode will see the original couples decide whether their relationship is, ahem, make or break.

Among those who have headed to a luxury beach resort in Mexico are Richard Cullaka Scarlett Moffatt ’s ex-boyfriend (and MTV’s Beauty School Cop Outs co-star) and Sophii, plus former The Apprentice contestant David Stevenson and Beth.

Viewers will also become acquainted with Elle who has been cheated on no fewer than 30 times by Andy throughout the course of their three year relationship, Karl and Holly, Ellie and Connor, Matty and Jess and, last but not least, Che and Nikita.

Tweeting news about the show, Channel 5 said: "They may look sunned and shexy but this lot are about to go on a vacay they'll never forget.”

But Make or Break isn’t the only reason that Mexico has become one of the hottest travel destinations for summer 2017.  The third largest country in Latin America has also been selected to host World Travel Awards’ Latin America Ceremony 2017 on 9 September.

The industry’s leading awards programme was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

 

World Travel Awards President, Graham Cooke, said: "It will be an absolute pleasure for us to return to the Riviera Maya for the first time since 2009, for our annual Latin America Gala Ceremony. And I can think of no better partner for this event than the iconic Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.”

 

Bottom line? Get ready to say Vamos! Mexico…

 

 

Make or Break airs tonight (7 August) at 10pm on Channel 5

For more information on World Travel Awards Latin America Ceremony, please visit www.worldtravelawards.com/event/latin-america-2017

Where the experts holiday: Nick Kontis, travel author and journalist

Born in Greece on one of the most breathtakingly beautiful islands in the world, Santorini, Nicholas Kontis was brought up in the cultural capital of the Americas, San Francisco. From a very young age, he developed a passion for travel as he shuttled between California home and Athens during summer vacations. At age 12, he learned the meaning of travel immersion as he slept on couches in various relatives’ homes and learned to bake his own bread.
Fast forward a decade and Nick launched the first successful travel agency in the United States that specialised in discount around-the-world airfares. Before long, he had been featured on Arthur Frommer’s travel TV show and Peter Greenberg’s radio show while Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler hailed him as the “father of around-the-world airfares.”
Today Nick is an award-winning travel journalist and author who still calls San Francisco home, while also spending time in the Napa Valley, Greece and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

What do you like to do on holiday?
I seek people and a better understanding of my destination. At the forefront of any journey, travel begins with people. I try to tred lightly on our pristine planet. I want to volunteer more. Yes, I’m Greek, so I am a foodie. I like to seek out parts of a city with their own unique slice of culture, character and charm.  I’m a Greek-Californian living part of the year in Mexico, so surfing and diving and sea are dear to me. You know, when I was 24, I drove from Darwin to Sydney. Oh, to be a backpacker again and do more overland travel. One day, I’m psyching my mind to be 18-24 again.

Where did you last go?
Istanbul in Turkey. The U.S. State Department said: “Do not travel to Turkey.” That was the clincher!
While in Istanbul, Peter Greenberg, the great  Emmy-winning investigative reporter, interviewed me by phone and asked me what’s going at midnight on a Saturday night in Istanbul. I told him the truth, that the Turkish people remain as nice as ever. They were as curious to learn and know more about me, as I was to learn about them. I always say one thing, as you travel the world you learn that people are much more the same than different.  

Do you know where you’re going this year?
I tend to stay in Mexico during the summer. Did you know that low season in Mexico is right now until September and I’m loving it? I’ll probably end up back in Greece, but I have this plan to attempt to visit Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. I’m aiming to be in London in November and I really need to get to Australia. I want to go to Perth.

Of all the places you’ve been to, which was your favourite and why?
You know, I’m asked this so often and the canned response from a travel guy is supposed to be, “I like all places” or something along these lines. I’m going to leave out Greece, Italy and Mexico for now. Back in the day I was mesmerised by Burma -it was as if time had stood still. Even in the worst of times, people are lovely in Burma. I guess I should be saying Myanmar, but the country was known as Burma when I was there. There are so many cool things to do there from drifting down the Irrawaddy River in an old river steamer to lazing on deserted beaches in the serene Bay of Bengal. Plus, the people are passionate and inquisitive.  I had a similar feeling in Nepal, where I once spent a month.

Which destination do you wish to travel to, but haven’t yet been?
Here’s the thing: you may think that you’ve  seen it all, there’s so many new and wonderful people and places to discover. So, getting back to your question, there’s too many to count. I think I have travelled to 85 countries and still have so much left to see. The Silk Road is calling me right now as is Easter Island in Chile. And, as a diver, I want to go to Palau. Then there’s West Africa – I’ve yet to visit – and both poles. Ethiopia and Bolivia are two more. 

In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
My country of California or my country of America? Yes, I’m kidding, but America is a big place. I think just about every place is in a travel guide nowadays. In California, parts of Yosemite are still less visited. Two other recommendations are the Russian River in Sonoma, just north of San Francisco, and Santa Cruz – a lovely seaside surf town. All these places bring back fond childhood memories.
Other parts of America that are still a bit under the radar include The San Juan Islands in Washington, The Smokey Mountains in Tennessee and Big Bend National Park in Texas. Like Australia, America has great open spaces.

How do you plan your holiday?
Funny, you ask, I’ve spent my working life acting as a travel advisor and now influencer, but I can be my own worse travel agent. However, I ask around. I tend to trust people who have visited a destination where I would like to visit, for advice. As I wrote a book titled Going Local Experiences and Encounters on the Road, Airbnb is an excellent way to travel for a bargain and to meet people. Sometimes, I do not plan at all. Many times I travel on just a one-way ticket.

How often do you go away?
If you consider Mexico, my second home as “going away” I would say I’m away from my native San Francisco for around five months. I’m in Mexico as we speak, so technically I am overseas.

Who do you travel with?
Usually, it’s just my wife and I. That said, I do a couple of trips with friends as well.

Where do you see tourism in your country, in 10 years?
Well, that’s a good question. As much as I want the man in the big white dome to succeed, I cannot support someone who I feel is not pro-people. It’s really sad in America that this guy is dividing our nation for the worse. Did you know that only 38% of Americans have passports? It sickens me that Americans don’t travel much.
I was reminded, as a travel author, not to expect big things from my book as two thirds American’s will not care about immersion into local societies around the world, when they might never leave their state. I always believe that it is my duty to attempt to change as many Americans’ perceptions of people and places that I can.  I just hope that the world still visits America. We’re still a beautiful nation.

 Nick’s first book Going Local – Experiences and Encounters on the Road is out now and available via Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Going-Local-Experiences-Encounters-Road/dp/0997894709) or his website (www.nicholaskontis.com)

Follow Nick on Twitter & Instagram @nicholaskontis
 

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