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Tijuana Experiences a Gourmet Renaissance

By: Richard Adams



javier Plascencia finishes a dish.

To most Americans, the chorus from a Manu Chao song pretty much sums it up, "Welcome to Tijuana, tequila, sexo, marijuana...." For decades, Tijuana has just been known, at best, as a place for tacky souvenirs, cheap tequila shots and ladies of the night.

"It's a whole new Tijuana, it's full of energy, young people, artists, and of course the cooking and the chefs," says Javier Plascencia, one of the chefs leading Baja's new culinary movement. He's part of a prominent family that owns 10 restaurants in Tijuana and San Diego. But Plascencia's newest, Mision 19, may be the most striking and ambitious spot in town.




Foreign correspondence: Mexico offers everything from pyramids and ecotourism to tequila

By: John Bordsen



What's it like to live in a far-off place most of us see only on a vacation? Foreign Correspondence is an interview with someone who lives in a spot you may want to visit.

Gloria Guevara, 44, is Mexico's Minister of Tourism. The graduate of Northwestern University and Mexico City's Universidad Anahuac was formerly an executive with Sabre, the travel technology corporation.




Budget Travel: Mexico's Next “It” Destinations

By: Julie Schwietert Collazo


Mexico's Copper Canyon is a hidden gem in a country that is in the news too much for drug violence and crime.

Though the resort towns of Mexico's Pacific and Caribbean coasts are frequently visited by Americans, most of the country's interior—all 1,220,610 square miles of it—is barely on travelers' radar screens. Lack of awareness about Mexico's vastness and its diverse geography are two of the most persistent challenges the country faces with respect to tourism.

In recent years, tourism officials have tried to respond to those challenges in many ways, from emphasizing overlooked destinations in its “Mexico: The Place You Thought You Knew” ad campaign to meeting with US Department of State officials to advocate for greater geographic specificity and political context in its travel alerts about Mexico.




Mexico Recognized as “Tourism Board of The Year” by Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network

By: Susie Albin-Najera







Mexico Tourism Board Chief Operating Officer, Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete; Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch, CTC; Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Gloria Guevara

LAS VEGAS – The Mexico Tourism Board was honored by renowned luxury travel network, Virtuoso, with the first-ever “Virtuoso Tourism Board of the Year” award.  Mexico was bestowed the award for its bold diversification and promotion strategy, creative advertising campaigns, and robust industry partnerships.

Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Gloria Guevara, accompanied by Mexico Tourism Board Chief Operating Officer, Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete, accepted the award at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas yesterday evening. The ceremony formed the centerpiece of “Virtuoso Travel Week”, a major luxury travel trade fair attended by more than four thousand industry experts from 85 countries hosting approximately 350,000 business meetings, representing the largest attendance at this event in the past 24 years.




Google Mexico offers virtual visits to archaeological sites

By: Fox News Latino





Cybernauts will be able to take virtual strolls through 30 Mexican archaeological sites using Google Mexico's Street View platform, Mexican cultural authorities said.

The 360-degree virtual view of these archaeological sites, which include Teotihuacan, Xochicalco, Monte Alban, Chichen Itza, Tulum, Palenque, Tula and Paquime, allows them to be explored down to the last corner.



Mexico: 3 Names to Know in an Ignored Emerging Market

By: Charles Sizemore

Source: www.investorplace.com


Mexico gets no love. It’s not quite a developed market, but being next door to the U.S., it’s not quite remote or exotic enough to be an alluring emerging market, either. And starting with the letter “M,” it doesn’t fit into any popular acronyms.

Lest you think I’m joking, the four BRIC countries — Brazil, Russia, India and China — have nothing in common other than the fact that their first letters make a word that sounds good in marketing literature. Mexico, Turkey and Indonesia would all have been better choices than Russia because all three are promising emerging markets, whereas Russia is a decrepit petrostate on the decline. But it’s hard to form an acronym with their first letters.






Mexico Shares Are on a Roll

By: Laurence Ilif and Georgia Wells

Source: online.wjs.com

Enrique Peña Nieto's election as Mexico's next president boosted stocks.

Earlier this year, Mexican shares were driven higher largely by investors cheering the July election of incoming President Enrique Peña Nieto and the promise of market-friendly changes. Now the rally is showing more staying power as investors zero in on manufacturing-driven economic growth, the widening regional footprint of some Mexican companies and expectations of an expansion of consumer credit—even though Mexico's close ties to the U.S. economy remain a concern, many investors and analysts say.




The Mexican Health Care Solution?

By: Matthew Dalstrom

Rising health care costs, decreasing insurance coverage, and the great recession have made it increasingly difficult to afford health care. Retirees are particularly vulnerable because many live on fixed incomes and require more medical services than younger adults. Furthermore, Medicare, the primary insurer for Americans 65 and over, does not cover all the necessary medical procedures or expenses, and supplemental insurance plans can cost in the thousands. The result is that many seniors have to forgo care, become medically noncompliant, and/or spend all their retirement savings. Nevertheless, over the past few years, I have been researching a small, but growing number of retirees who are filling the gaps in their health insurance coverage by traveling to Mexico.


Ensenada Wine Valley Explodes!

Source: www.bajabound.com


The wine producing regions of Baja, like wine itself, have gotten better with age. In the past few years there has been an explosion of creative juices flowing south of the border as new and exciting wineries and wines are popping up seemingly overnight. Some have called it the 'renaissance of Baja's wine country' and the excitement is growing.

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Vino Mexico!

Head to Valle de Guadalupe for upscale wineries, chic hotels and a south-of-the-border answer to the French Laundry

By Katie McLaughlin | The Wall Street Journal TRAVEL

WE WERE WATCHING the kids swim in his backyard pool in Los Angeles when my friend Juan Carlos, who grew up in Tijuana, began raving about a life-altering bowl of chicken soup he'd recently eaten.

"It was at the Mexican version of the French Laundry," he said. "You know—a fancy, farm-to-table place in the middle of Mexican wine country."

I had no idea, I sheepishly admitted, there was wine country in Mexico, nor anything resembling the French Laundry. But Valle de Guadalupe is a Mediterranean microclimate in Baja California where wine has been produced for more than a century, and it's in the midst of the kind of winemaking and tourism renaissance that Napa Valley experienced in the 1970s.

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For Baja California Winemakers, It’s Fiesta Time

By Maya Kroth | KPBS

While driving to Ensenada one recent Saturday, I passed billboards advertising no fewer than five foodie festivals: The festival of cheese and bread; the festival of seafood and shellfish—even a festival devoted entirely to salads and salad dressings. But it’s a paella competition that brings me south of the border today.

“If we win we get to go to the big contest in Valle de Guadalupe in the last weekend of August,” said Montserrat Vildósola, an architect from Mexico City and amateur paella chef. “There’s a contest where 100 paelleros go, and this is the contest you have to win in order to be able to contest there.”

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Wine Country: Valle De Guadalupe

In this episode, we’ll visit the famous wine country of Baja. Valle de Guadalupe is just North of Ensenada and is the Napa Valley of Mexico. Visit the harvest festival, wine taste, get to know the wine owners, and learn about the Russian history behind it all.


DaMarcus Beasley: I encourage more Americans to play in Mexico

By: Eric Gomez

TIJUANA -- It only took an ill-timed slide and just 20 minutes on the Estadio Caliente's artificial turf for DaMarcus Beasley's tendinitis to flare up again. That was a month ago, and thankfully for Club Puebla and Beasley, the injury did not keep the American winger out for long. Despite the limited appearance in Tijuana last July, Beasley got a good look at Xolos de Tijuana and its American stars, mainly midfielder Joe Corona, who Beasley can now call his teammate after both players were penciled in by Jurgen Klinsmann for Wednesday's friendly against Mexico at the Estadio Azteca.


Trying to Protect a Reef With an Otherworldly Diversion

By: Randal C. Archibold

CANCÚN, Mexico — Most people head off to an art exhibit with comfortable shoes and a deep appreciation for creativity. Jason deCaires Taylor’s work requires flippers and, to really appreciate it, a depth of at least 12 feet. Mr. Taylor labors over his sculptures for weeks, five-ton concrete figures of men, women and children, many of them modeled after people in the fishing village near here where he lives and works. The little boy Carlito sitting on a rock. The proud Joaquín glancing skyward. The old man everyone knows as Charlie Brown clasping his chin in contemplation.


Mexico's Reborn Youth Movement is Spreading Internationally

By: Published by Frontera NorteSur

In less than three months the Mexican youth movement #Yo Soy 132 (I am 132) has undergone a remarkable evolution. Beginning as a protest against Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto at the privately-run Ibero-American University in Mexico City, on May 11, the movement has since grown by leaps and bounds. 

From the get-go the 132 Movement linked issues -- protesting the Televisa network's long-running promotion of Peña Nieto, and questioning the former governor and now virtual president-elect's role in the repression of protestors at San Salvador Atenco in 2006, an event in which dozens of female detainees were raped or sexually molested. 


Mexico Real Estate Mining Investments Hit $5.6 Billion


By: Mark Morley

Source: http://www.gxsblogs.com/morleym

According to recent reports by the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek, mining investments in Mexico real estate is currently experiencing a significant boom, jumping an impressive 60 percent in 2011 to $5.6 billion. According to Canimex, the nation’s mining chamber, mining companies are expected to invest an additional $7.6 billion in 2012.

“2011 investments exceeded the chamber’s previous report,” stated Sergio Almazan, who is the head of Canimex in Mexico City this July. "We’re seeing that Mexico can compete with anywhere in Latin America in attracting mining investment.”

Mexico is reportedly already the world’s top silver producer, accounting for 27 percent of the nation’s output last year alone. This is compared with gold at 25 percent and copper at 20 percent. 

In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, “here in Mexico, a new gold rush is under way.” Canada’s Goldcorp Peñasquito site is poised to produce at least 500,000 ounces of gold this year, making it the company’s most prolific mine and Mexico’s largest to date. In other areas of Mexico, highly concentrated deposits of gold have attracted a variety of companies to explore, invest and buy up land.

“People had said everything had been discovered in Mexico,” stated Richard Whittall, CEO of Canada’s Newstrike Capital, which discovered a large gold deposit recently the size of a skyscraper in the mountains of Guerrero. “Now you’re seeing a renaissance.”







Arriba, Arriba, The Automotive Industry Speeds Up its Investments in Mexico

By: Mark Morley

Source: http://www.gxsblogs.com/morleym


When I was growing up, one of my favourite cartoons featured a Mexican mouse called Speedy Gonzales and his adventures with Sylvester the cat. At the time this represented one of my first indirect introductions to Mexico and at about the same time (during the early seventies) the automotive industry in Mexico was relatively small in comparison to today’s industry. So once again and for the purposes of this blog entry I am taking an interest in Mexico, but this time from an automotive industry perspective!

The earthquake in Japan in 2011 has proven to be a turning point for the global automotive industry.  After years of globalisation, the industry is now being more cautious over its global expansion plans.  Due to the significant disruption caused by the earthquake, many automotive companies started to review their global manufacturing strategies.  Some markets such as China will continue to see inward investment due to the increasing wealth of the Chinese consumer, but what about other markets around the world?  In an earlier blog I discussed how the Inovar Auto directive in Brazil was helping to grow the domestic automotive industry in the country but what does the future hold for one of its closest competitors, from an automotive manufacturing perspective, Mexico?


I think it is amazing that one single event such as the Japanese earthquake can have such an effect on the global automotive industry and as a result ‘near shoring’ has started to appear as the key automotive strategy for 2012.  North America has seen significant inward investment over the past twelve months with some saying that Detroit is likely to return to being a profit centre once again. But another growing profit centre is Mexico. So why are automotive companies rushing to build plants in Mexico?, why has the country become such a hotbed of automotive related investments over the past year? Today’s automotive industry seeks manufacturing locations that offer: low labour costs, high quality, good infrastructure, access to markets, reduced shipping time and costs, and an educated, skilled work force.  Mexico actually ticks most of these boxes!

So time for some facts on Mexico’s automotive industry, Mexico is currently the eight largest car producer in the world and is the sixth largest car exporter,nearly 80% of vehicles produced in Mexico are exported to the United States, 11 out of every 100 cars sold in the United States are made in Mexico.  Auto production is expected to reach 2.4 million units by 2014 with a projected growth rate of 5.5% per year and account for 18% of Mexico’s manufacturing GDP, while generating 56,000 jobs.





For Baja California Winemakers, It’s Fiesta Time

By: Talea Miller

Source: www.pbs.org

While driving to Ensenada one recent Saturday, I passed billboards advertising no fewer than five foodie festivals: The festival of cheese and bread; the festival of seafood and shellfish—even a festival devoted entirely to salads and salad dressings. But it’s a paella competition that brings me south of the border today.

“If we win we get to go to the big contest in Valle de Guadalupe in the last weekend of August,” said Montserrat Vildósola, an architect from Mexico City and amateur paella chef. “There’s a contest where 100 paelleros go, and this is the contest you have to win in order to be able to contest there.”

Vildósola’s team is one of about a dozen competing today for a spot in the big paella contest that closes out the grandaddy of all Baja gastronomic festivals: the Fiestas de la Vendimia. That’s Spanish for harvest parties, and they’re happening now in Ensenada’s lush Guadalupe Valley wine country, a bucolic place where horses graze amid scenic vineyards surrounded by majestic purple mountains.

Baja produces about 90 percent of the wine from Mexico,” said Joaquín Prieto, current president of Provino, the coalition of winemakers that coordinates the Vendimia. “Climate is the prime thing. We have the Pacific cold and the heat of the valley so it creates a microclimate.”