Cabo: Not Just for Spring Break

Cabo: Not Just for Spring Break

Feb 16, 2018

Mexico has been a bargain destination for Americans for many years, thanks in large part to the strong dollar. But this year, Cabo San Lucas gains extra-value appeal because new flights are coming online, especially out of California, and no less than 15 new resorts are opening their doors. Cabo tourism took a hit when Hurricane Odile rolled through with Category 3 vengeance in 2014. But now, this quintessential beach destination is ready to reintroduce itself to the world. Even when American travelers are encouraged to exercise increased caution in some areas within Mexican territory, including several that as popular as Cabo San Lucas, and despite Travel Warnings issued by the U.S Department of State, more and more tourists are traveling to Los Cabos.         TBP...

International tourism in Mexico shows exponential growth in the last five years

International tourism in Mexico shows exponential growth in the last five years

Feb 14, 2018

The flow of visitors grew by 12%, to 39.3 million travelers and its economic impact climbed by 8.6%, to 21.3 million US dollars; SECTUR foresees Mexico in the seventh place of the world tourism ranking this year. Mexico continues to show its best face to international tourists despite the climate of insecurity that exists in some areas of the country, and during 2017 set a new record. The number of arrivals has increased for six consecutive years. while in terms of revenue the figures have grown for five consecutive years, according to data disclosed by the Bank of Mexico (Banxico). The Secretary of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid, anticipated last month at the Tourism Fair of Spain that, at the end of 2017, for the fifth consecutive year, international tourism in Mexico has recorded historical figures, by receiving in different destinations over 39 million tourists, a growth of more than 60% during the first five years of this administration. “We have a very good chance of positioning ourselves as the seventh most visited country in the world as a result of an intense promotion campaign in the United States, our main issuing market. In addition, we have tried to diversify actions in other countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia, taking advantage of the new air routes, including China, Japan and Korea,” De la Madrid said. This is the list of the 10 most visited countries in the world during 2016: France, with (86.2 million) United States (77.5 million) Spain (75.6 million) China (59.3 million) Italy (52.5 million) United Kingdom (35.8 million) Germany (35.6 million) Mexico (35 million) Thailand (32.6 million) Turkey (28 million) Last January, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reported that international tourist arrivals registered an increase of 7% in 2017 to reach a total of 1,322 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Forecasts indicate that this strong momentum will continue in 2018, with a rate of between 4% and 5%. In Mexico, both the arrival of international tourists and foreign currency revenue had never grown at such an accelerated rate in a six-year term. In the first five years of Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidency, both variables have expanded at an average annual rate of 10.9%, much...

Carnival Cruise Line to develop new port in Ensenada

Carnival Cruise Line to develop new port in Ensenada

Feb 13, 2018

Carnival Cruise Line officials announced a major port development project in Ensenada, Mexico, at an event in Long Beach, California on Saturday February 10th, 2018. The port is currently featured on the line’s three- and four-day cruises from Long Beach. The project will provide guests visiting the destination with an unparalleled, one-of-a-kind dining and retail experiences ashore, along with unique attractions, Carnival said. Details about the development will be announced at a later date. “This project will provide our guests with a truly unique shoreside experience while making our short cruises from Long Beach even more attractive to consumers,” said Carlos Torres de Navarra, Vice President, Commercial Port Operations at Carnival Cruise Lines.  “This port development project will make Ensenada one of the West Coast’s premier destinations.” In other news, Carnival announced the new Carnival Panorama would be deployed from Long Beach on a week-long itinerary program starting in 2019....

The Baja Post exclusive interview with new Cancun Experience Officer (CEO) Ivan Nanney

The Baja Post exclusive interview with new Cancun Experience Officer (CEO) Ivan Nanney

Feb 12, 2018

The Baja Post recently conducted an exclusive online interview with new Cancun’s CEO Ivan Nanney. “Ivan the INTREPID”, as he is widely known on the world wide web, is currently spending some quality time with his family in the beautiful American state of Idaho, charging himself up with positive energy to fly down to Cancun and take office as the new CEO of this important tourist destination on Thursday March 1, 2018. This is what Ivan told the The Baja Post: TBP: Why are you interested in becoming Cancun’s CEO? IVAN: My first trip outside of the United States was more than 10 years ago and it was to the Yucatan Peninsula.  This was the beginning of my travel career. As I continued to travel I realized just how transformative it could be and I began to see the benefits manifest in my own life. But after spending 5 months backpacking around South America I began to feel a bit selfish like I was just keeping all of the benefits to myself. It was at this time I decided to start sharing my adventures with the hope of encouraging others to go out and experience the change themselves. The problem with traditional blogging, though, is that it is time consuming and doesn’t pay very well (typically not at all). For these reasons it was hard to stay consistent. But now, having this position with Cancun.com will give me the platform and support to reach a large audience and encourage them to come and experience one of the most magical regions on earth. I will be doing what I’m passionate about and, hopefully, empowering people to have life changing experiences in Mexico. TBP: How familiar are you with the Mexican culture, is it important for the new Cancun’s CEO to be familiar with Mexican culture? IVAN: I’ll be honest and say that coming from the United States can make it hard to discern what is Mexican culture and what is Mexican-American. But my experience in Latino communities and my experiences traveling have definitely taught me a couple of things. First, I know how kind and family oriented Mexicans are. You see this penetrate all aspects of life and celebrations and it...

Cancun.com announced winner of CEO job search

Cancun.com announced winner of CEO job search

Feb 9, 2018

Ivan Nanney, a travel influencer and lifestyle designer from Boise, Idaho, will start as the company’s Cancun Experience Officer on March 1, 2018. Cancun.com, a one-stop shop for those looking to vacation in Cancun and the surrounding areas of the Riviera Maya, today announced that Ivan Nanney has been named the company’s Cancun Experience Officer (CEO). Nanney will start as the company’s CEO on March 1, 2018, spending six months in one of the most visited and beautiful vacation destinations for travelers in North America. The joint venture between Best Day Travel Group and TravelPass Group, who together operate Cancun.com, received more than 8,000 applications from candidates in 120 countries. “We learned so much throughout this process, and came to admire all of the applicants’ personal values, how each one represented themselves and their passion for travel. We’d like to thank all of the candidates for their time and hard work, and the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa and Grand Oasis Cancun Resort for hosting the 10 finalists,” said Chad Meyerson, general manager at Cancun.com. “When it came time to pick a winner though, Ivan Nanney really stood out to us. He has a great personality on and off the camera, and is a very authentic person and engaging story-teller. It is an honor to have him as our CEO, and Cancun.com is excited to see him build upon his strong skill set.” Ivan Nanney is a travel influencer and lifestyle designer with a drive to encourage others to prioritize experiences over possessions. He caught the travel bug after studying abroad in Seville, Spain, followed by a backpacking trip around Europe. A native of Boise, Idaho, Nanney runs a travel blog and YouTube channel called “Ivan the Intrepid.” Prior to that, he was a host on The FIREBALL RUN® Adventure Travel Series, and led two nationwide marketing tours for the Idaho Potato Commission, where he traveled over 16,000 miles and through 36 states with a 12,000 pound potato. “My passion in life is traveling, and the transformative powers that travel can have on an individual. Being named the CEO of Cancun.com, and being able to spend the next six months in Cancun, is truly a dream come true. It’s now my job to explore every nook and cranny of...

Romance On The Edge: stunning clifftop suites in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur

Romance On The Edge: stunning clifftop suites in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur

Feb 8, 2018

Lea Lane is a travel expert that collaborates with The New York Times Travel Show, Huffpost, Salon, and the Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, Forbes and Gannett Newspapers just to name a few. She recently published the following article on The Finisterra Suites Los Cabos: Among my favorite edge-of-water destinations are Baja California, where desert meets sea; The British Virgin Islands, unspoiled and languid; the Spanish coast, with mountains, gorges and historic buildings; and Italy’s Amalfi Coast, the spectacular 33-mile stretch of lemon groves, historic villages and drop-dead views. If you can get to any one of these destinations, and then stay on a cliff overlooking the sea, it doesn’t get much better — or more romantic. For lodging on the edge of some of the loveliest places on earth, and maybe a perfect valentine gift for someone really special, read along: The Finisterra Suites at Sandos Finisterra, Los Cabos The Hotel Finisterra (where Keith Richards was married) is now Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos, a 5-star, all-inclusive resort. Situated on a cliff at the tip of Baja California Sur, this property features a pristine beach and cliff views, and is only a short walk from downtown Cabo San Lucas and its marina, with restaurants, shops, nightlife and water sports.   Set near the famous Land’s End Arch, the desert meets the Pacific Ocean to create a serene atmosphere along with spectacular views from each of the 250 rooms. Three pools lead from the hotel to the beach, with Jacuzzis and poolside service. The resort also features impressive buffets and panoramic views at Don Diego restaurant, along with three a la carte restaurants featuring cuisine from Mexico, Baja California, Italy and beyond. These modern suites are located in the original historic section of Sandos Finisterra resort, boasting either clifftop views over the bay and the marina, or ocean views. Each has a living area and access to the VIP pool area, and king rooms feature an in-room Jacuzzi tub. TBP Newsroom with information from...