Mexico and Puerto Vallarta, International Tourist Destinations on the Rise / México y Puerto Vallarta, Atractivos Turísticos Internacionales a la Alza

The World Tourism Organization has revealed which are the most popular countries to travel and, this year, México has climbed from position nine to position eight by welcoming about 35 million tourists internationally. The president of our country, Enrique Peña Nieto, acknowledged through his Twitter account that México also climbed positions in the list of income by tourist activities.

The top ten most popular tourist destinations are France, the United States, Spain, China, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, México, Thailand and Turkey. The agency responsible for this count, the World Tourism Organization, was founded in 1975 with the purpose of promoting tourism and has been linked to the United Nations since 1976.

In addition to these news are the constant mention of Puerto Vallarta as one the best gay destinations worldwide, one of the most recent is the one made by the renowned digital agency Passport Magazine that recognized our city as one of the five best gay beaches in the world. No doubt there are years of tourist bonanza for our country and our city. Let´s enjoy the summer and prepare for the fall and winter season that is just around the corner for international vacationers.

La Organización Mundial del Turismo ha revelado cuáles son los países más populares para viajar y, este año, México ha escalado de la posición nueve a la posición ocho al recibir alrededor de 35 millones de turistas a nivel internacional. El presidente de nuestro país, Enrique Peña Nieto, reconoció a través de su cuenta de Twitter que México también escaló posiciones en la lista de ingresos por actividades turísticas.

El top ten del ranking de destinos turísticos más populares está conformado por Francia, Estados Unidos, España, China, Italia, Reino Unido, Alemania, México, Tailandia y Turquía. La agencia encargada de este conteo, la Organización Mundial del Turismo, se fundó en 1975 con el propósito de promover el turismo y está vinculada a las Naciones Unidas desde 1976.

Aunado a estas noticias están las constantes menciones de Puerto Vallarta como un destino gay por excelencia, una de las más recientes es la hecha por la reconocida agencia digital Passport Magazine que reconoció a nuestra ciudad como una de las cinco mejores playas gay del mundo. Sin duda se vislumbran años de bonanza turística para nuestro país y nuestra ciudad. A disfrutar del verano y prepararse para la temporada de otoño e invierno que está a la vuelta de la esquina para los vacacionistas internacionales.

Vallarta Pride 2016

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Vallarta Pride 2016, Bigger & Consolidated!

For the fourth year in a row, from May 16th to 29th, Puerto Vallarta will host it’s gay pride event called Vallarta Pride. Associations, companies and the LGBT community in our city will come together to carry out this event that celebrates the diversity of the region throughout this festival which this year will lasts 14 days thanks to a variety of artistic and cultural events such as concerts, movies, parties and the traditional pride parade that will culminate with a big concert in Lazaro Cardenas park.

Puerto Vallarta is recognized internationally as a tourist LGBT destination thanks to the level of acceptance and respect for the national and international gay community aside from the important cultural, artistic, professional, altruistic and economic movement that the city has been generated in recent decades. That’s why one of the goals of Vallarta Pride organizing committee is to turn this LGBT event into one of the most recognized worldwide.

To know all about the events, times and locations, go to http://vallartapride.com/en/events/ & https://www.facebook.com/orgullovallartapride

We invite you to support the success of this festival by donating what you can and also participating in the raffle for two plane tickets with Alaska Airlines.

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Vallarta Pride 2016, ¡Más Grande y Consolidado!

Por cuarto año consecutivo, del 16 al 29 de Mayo, Puerto Vallarta tendrá su evento de orgullo gay denominado Vallarta Pride. Asociaciones, compañías y la comunidad LGBT de la ciudad se unirán para llevar a cabo este evento que celebra la diversidad de la región a través de este festival que esta vez durará 14 días gracias a una gran variedad de eventos artísticos y culturales como conciertos, proyección de películas, fiestas y el tradicional desfile del orgullo que culminará con un gran concierto en la plaza Lázaro Cárdenas.

Puerto Vallarta es reconocido a nivel internacional como un destino turístico LGBT gracias al nivel de aceptación y respeto a la comunidad gay nacional e internacional, así como el importante movimiento cultural, artístico, profesional, altruista y económico que se ha venido generando en las últimas décadas. Es por eso que uno de los objetivos del comité organizador del Vallarta Pride es convertir este evento LGBT en uno de los más reconocidos a nivel mundial.

Para conocer todos los eventos, lugares y horarios, visita http://vallartapride.com/eventos/ y https://www.facebook.com/orgullovallartapride

Te invitamos a apoyar con el éxito de este festival donando lo que puedas y también participando en la rifa de dos boletos de avión de Alaska Airlines.

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Mexico’s Independence Day – September 16th.

16th of September - Independence Day

Grito de IndependenciaSeptember is considered the month of the Homeland in Mexico thus lots of celebrating! During this month, Mexican citizens come together to celebrate the beginning of independence known as El Grito de Dolores “Cry of Independence” starting on the night of the 15th at 11:00 pm in Mexico’s City main square “El Zócalo” and in all the government palaces around the country concluding the 16th with a military parade. No other time of year is better than September to really feel Mexico under the skin.

Military ParadeIndependence Day is the day that the Mexican culture really stands out, the joy of the festivities are complemented with fireworks, folkloric dances, traditional Mexican dishes, drinks, traditional music and the world know mariachi, its very common to see along the streets the colors of the flag and entire families awaiting the right moment to shout VIVA MÉXICO!

Once again the country will be merged into a single voice to sing the National Anthem and will have the opportunity to hear other compositions that for their patriotic musical sense have been considered as second national anthems; such as The March of Zacatecas-Genaro Codina (1892) y The Huapango de Moncayo-Juan Pablo Moncayo (1941).

To visit Mexico is to live a world of Aztec heritage everywhere: beginning with the culture of the country following with it’s architectural remains of their cities which retain precedent of the Pre-Hispanic era. Its warm and friendly people will make you discover the secrets of a civilization living with it’s deeply rooted traditions, spicy flavors and Mariachi music.

The New Global Economic Reality

The New Global Economic Reality

Mexico is in a unique position to reap many of the benefits of the decline of the US economy. In order to not violate NAFTA and other agreements the U.S.A. cannot use direct protectionism, so it is content to allow the media to play this protectionist role. The U.S. media – over the last year – has portrayed Mexico as being on the brink of economic collapse and civil war. The Mexican people are either beheaded, kidnapped, poor, corrupt, or narco-traffickers. The American news media was particularly aggressive in the weeks leading up to spring break. The main reason for this is money. During that two-week period, over 120,000 young American citizens poured into Mexico and left behind hundreds of millions of dollars.

Let’s look at the reality of the massive drug and corruption problem, kidnappings, murders and money. The U.S. Secretary of State Clinton was clear in her honest assessment of the problem. “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent the weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians,” Clinton said. The other large illegal business that is smuggled into the U.S.A. that no one likes to talk about is Human Traffic for prostitution. This “business” is globally now competing with drugs in terms of profits.

It is critical to understand, however that the horrific violence in Mexico is over 95% confined to the three transshipping cities for these two businesses, Juarez, Tijuana and Nogales. The Mexican government is so serious about fighting this, that they have committed over 30,000 soldiers to these borders towns. There was a thoughtful article written by a professor at the University of Juarez. He was reminded of the Prohibition years in the U.S.A. and compared Juarez to Chicago when Al Capone was conducting his reign of terror capped off with The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. During these years, just like Juarez today, 99% of the citizens went about their daily lives and attended classes, went to the movies, restaurants, and parks.

Is there corruption in Mexico? YES !!! Is there an equal amount of corruption related to this business in the U.S.A.? YES !!!. When you have a pair of illegal businesses that generate over $300,000,000,000 in sales you will find massive corruption. Make no mistake about the Mexican Drug Cartel; these “businessmen” are 100 times more sophisticated than the bumbling bootleggers during Prohibition. They form profitable alliances all over the U.S.A. They do cost benefit analysis of their business much better than the US automobile industry. They have found over the years that the cost of bribing U.S. and Mexican Border Guards and the transportation costs of moving marijuana from Sinaloa to California have cut significantly into profits. That is why over the past 5-7 years they have been growing marijuana in State and Federal Parks and BLM land all across America. From a business standpoint, this is a tremendous cost savings on several levels. Let’s look at California as an example as one of the largest consumers. When you have $14.2 billion of Marijuana grown and consumed in one state, there is savings on transportation, less loss of product due to confiscation and an overall reduction cost of bribery with law enforcement and parks service people. Another great savings is the benefit to their employees. The penalties in Mexico for growing range from 5-15 years. The penalties in California, on average are 18 months, and out in 8 months. The same economic principles are now being applied to the methamphetamine factories.

FOX News continues to scare people with its focus on kidnapping. There are kidnappings in Mexico. The concentration of kidnappings has been in Mexico City, among the very rich and the three aforementioned border Cities. With the exception of Mexico City, the number one city for kidnappings among NAFTA countries is Phoenix, Arizona with over 359 in 2008. The Phoenix Police estimate that twice that number of kidnappings goes unreported, because like Mexico 99% of these crimes were directly related to drug and human traffic. Phoenix, unfortunately, is geographically profitable transshipping location. Mexicans, just like 99% of U.S. Citizens during prohibition, go about their daily lives all over the country. They get up, go to school or work and live their lives untouched by the border town violence.

These same protectionist news sources have misled the public as to the real danger from the swine flu in Mexico and temporary devastated the tourism business. As of May 27 2009 there have been 87 deaths in Mexico from the swine flu. During those same five months there have been 36 murdered school children in Chicago. By their logic, if 87 deaths from the swine flu in Mexico warrants canceling flights and cruise ships to Mexico, then close all roads and highways in the USA because of record 43,359 automobile related deaths in the USA in 2008.

What is just getting underway is what many are calling the “Largest southern migration to Mexico of people and real estate assets since the Civil War” A significant percentage of the Baby Boomers have been doing the research and are making the life changing decision to move out of the U.S.A. The number one retirement destination in the world is Mexico. There are already over 2,000,000 US and Canadian property owners in Mexico. The most conservative number of American and Canadian Baby Boomers who are on their way to owning property in Mexico for full or part time living in the next 15 years is over 6,000,000. Do the math on 6,000,000 people buying a $300,000 house or condo and you will understand why the U.S. Government is trying to tax this massive shift of money to Mexico through H.R. 3056. The U.S. government calls this “The Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007”. Those who will have to pay it are calling this the EXIT TAX.

Mexico: A better economic choice than China

Mexico: A better economic choice than ChinaAnother large exodus from the U.S.A is high paying skilled jobs. The job shift in automobile sector, both car and parts manufacturing, is already known by most investors. In the last few months as John Deere and Caterpillar have been laying off thousands of workers in the U.S.A., and hiring equal numbers in Mexico. The most recent industry that is making the shift is the aerospace manufacturers. In the city of Zacatecas there is currently a $210 million aerospace facility being built. With the 11 U.S. companies moving there, it is estimated to provide over 200,000 new high paying jobs in the coming years. One of the main factors for the shift in job south to Mexico instead of China is realistic analysis of total production, labor and delivery costs. While the labor costs in China are 40% less on average, the overall transportation costs and inherent risks of a long distance supply chain, and quality control issues, gives Mexico a distinct financial advantage.

Mexico’s real economic future

Mexico has avoided completely the subprime problem that has devastated the U.S. banking industry. The Mexican banks are healthy and profitable. Mexico has a growing and very healthy middle and upper middle class. The very recent introduction of residential financing has Mexico in a unique position of having over 90% of current homeowners owning their house outright. U.S. banks are competing for the Mexican, Canadian and American cross border loan business. It is and will continue to be a very safe and very profitable business. These same banks that were loaning in a reckless manner have learned their lesson and are loaning here the old fashioned way. They require a minimum of a 680 credit score, 30% down payment, and verifiable income that can support the loan. In most areas of Mexico where Baby Boomers are moving to, with the exception of Puerto Penasco (which did not have a national and international base of buyers), there is no real estate bubble.. The higher end markets ($2-20 million) in many of these destinations are going through a modest correction. The Baby Boomers market here is between $200,000 and $600,000. With the continuing demand inside the Bay of Banderas, that price point, in the coming years, will disappear. This is the reason the Mexican government is spending billions of dollars on more infrastructure north along the coast all the way up to Mazatlan.

The other major area where America has become overpriced is in the field of health care. This massive shift of revenues is estimated to add 5-7% to Mexico’s GDP. The name for this “business” is Medical Tourism. The two biggest competitors for Mexico were Thailand and India. Thailand and India’s biggest drawback is geography. Also recent events, Thailand’s inability to keep a government in place and the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai, have helped Mexico capture close to half of this growth industry. In Mexico today there are over 56 world class hospitals being built to keep up with this business.

Mexico is currently sitting on a cash surplus and an almost balanced budget. Most Americans have never heard of Carlos Slim until he loaned the New York Times $250 million. After that it became clear to many investors around the world what Mexicans already knew: that Mexico had been able to avoid the worst of the U.S. economic devastation. Mexico’s resilience is to be admired. When the U.S. Federal Reserve granted a $30 billion loan to each of Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, and Brazil, Mexico reinvested the money in Treasury bonds in an account in New York City.

According to oil traders, Mexico’s Pemex wisely as the price of oil shot to $147 a barrel put in place an investment strategy that hinged on oil trading in the range of $38-$60 a barrel. Since the beginning of 2009 Mexico has been collecting revenues on hedged positions that give them $90-$110 per barrel today. Mexico’s recent and under reported oil discovery in the Palaeo Channels of Chicontepec has placed it third in the world for oil reserves, right behind Canada and Saudi Arabia.

The following is a quote from Rosalind Wilson, President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on March 19, 2009. “The strength of the Mexican economic system makes the country a favorite destination for Canadian investment”.

OPPORTUNITIES: WHY PUERTO VALLARTA & THE RIVIERA NAYARIT

The answer is simple and old fashioned:
SUPPLY AND DEMAND.

The area of Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit inside the Bay of Banderas is an investor’s dream. This area has the comprehensive infrastructure in place, world class hospitals and dental care, natural investment protection from the Sierra Madre Mountains, endless future water supply, low to nonexistent crime, international airport, and limited supply inside the Bay, first class private bilingual schools and higher than average appreciation potential. Like many areas in Mexico there is large demand for full and part time retirement living and a lot of construction underway to meet this demand. Pre construction of course is where the best bargains are available.

I would offer a word of caution for investors in Mexico. Do not be seduced by the endless natural beauty that is everywhere, both inland in colonial towns and along thousands of miles of beach. Apply conservative medium and long term investment strategies without emotion. The demand for full and part time living by American and Canadian Baby Boomers is evident throughout the country. The top two choice locations are ocean front, and ocean view. The third overall choice, which is less expensive, is inland in one of the many beautiful colonial towns or small cities.

Mexico, with the world’s 13th largest GDP, is no longer a “Third World Country”, but rather a fast growing, economically secure state, as the most recent five-year history of its financial markets when compared to the U.S.A.’s financial markets suggests.

Source Intercam Servicios Financieros

Mexico’s Independence Day

16th of September - Independence Day

Grito de IndependenciaSeptember is considered the month of the Homeland in Mexico thus lots of celebrating! During this month, Mexican citizens come together to celebrate the beginning of independence known as  El Grito de Dolores  “Cry of Independence”  starting on the night of the 15th at 11:00 pm in Mexico’s City main square “El Zócalo” and in all the government palaces around the country concluding the 16th with a military parade. No other time of year is better than September to really feel Mexico under the skin.

Fuegos PirotecnicosIndependence Day is the day that the Mexican culture really stands out, the joy of the festivities are complemented with fireworks, folkloric dances, traditional Mexican dishes, drinks, traditional music and the world know mariachi, its very common to see along the streets the colors of the flag and entire families awaiting the right moment to shout VIVA MÉXICO!

Once again the country will be merged into a single voice to sing the National Anthem and will have the opportunity to hear other compositions that for their patriotic musical sense have been considered as second national anthems; such as The March of Zacatecas-Genaro Codina (1892) y The Huapango de Moncayo-Juan Pablo Moncayo (1941).

To visit Mexico is to live a world of Aztec heritage everywhere: beginning with the culture of the country following with it’s architectural remains of their cities which retain precedent of the Pre-Hispanic era. Its warm and friendly people will make you discover the secrets of a civilization living with it’s deeply rooted traditions, spicy flavors and Mariachi music.

Happy New Year Puerto Vallarta 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Watch, fireworks and champagne

The time has come to say goodbye to 2011, the countdown begins and Puerto Vallarta is preparing for New Year’s Eve party. The city’s boardwalk is the meeting place where music, good wishes and the atmosphere of brotherhood are the special guests

The end of year accounts for most of the people as a farewell, while longing for a better year, longing for the lost and missing and thanking for what was lived and accomplished.

Hats, whistles, streamers, confetti, the highly anticipated fireworks and much noise accompany this party, of course you cannot miss the toast and for many people the famous 12 grapes; symbol of fertility, life and prosperity which are consumed simultaneously with the clock before it strikes midnight accompanied with good wishes for the coming year. At midnight each hotel and locations near the beach are filled with lights and joy reaching its climax.

People celebrating the new year

For many it is time for reunions, for others it’s the time for reflection but in the end, the new year is always a time to celebrate the beginning of hope which never ends, because it is always a new beginning.

The Humpback Whale

The humpback whale season is about to begin, these large mammals travel each year 7.400 kilometers from the north pole to reach the equatorial Pacific Ocean and can be seen along Banderas Bay from mid-December to April, reaching up to 300 of them per season.

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Here in Puerto Vallarta due to the depth of the bay it’s possible to see these amazing animals from downtown and the beach, in any case the eco-tours are available daily so you can take this opportunity to enjoy the show of the whales jumping out of water, the reason for this it’s because that is how males attract the attention of females for mating. Their jumps reach up to 15 meters high.

Today it is estimated that between 6 and 7 000 humpback whales exist in the North Pacific, of which about 3,500 are “Mexican” for being reproduced in national waters. According to the National Institute of Ecology (NIE) whale watching is properly regulated by the official Mexican standard since the 2000 season their safety is guaranteed.

The Vallarta Whale, also known as the Dancing Whale, is a monumental bronze sculpture depicting a humpback whale with her calf. Created by artist Octavio Gonzalez, weighs 12 tons and measures 8.9 meters high and 13 long. Inaugurated on March 14, 2001 and can be seen at the entrance of Marina Vallarta.

The humpback whale watching turns out to be an extraordinary natural spectacle which can be seen just a few meters from the boat, turns out to be an unforgettable experience, highly recommended.