Yearly archive 2013
Huatulco

Huatulco

  A bit of history: it is said that under Spanish rule pirates ransacked Huatulco, but that they didn’t succeed in stealing its beauty. The Pacific Ocean laps the shores of Huatulco’s 36 stunning beaches, spread across nine bays boasting warm waters and golden sands. This area was a successful commercial port and favorite haunt...

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Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Mexican travelers include the neighboring beach towns of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, in the state of Guerrero, as favorite destinations, but that’s where their similarity ends. Visitors to this area will encounter two decidedly different vacation destinations just 6.5 km (4 miles apart). Ixtapa, once a coconut plantation, boasts the high-rise hotels, all-inclusive resorts, air-conditioned restaurants...

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Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

Before John Huston’s 1964 film, The Night of the Iguana, Puerto Vallarta was a just sleepy fishing village on the Pacific Coast where the states of Jalisco and Nayarit meet. But Liz Taylor came to keep an eye on her lover Richard Burton while he was filming with the voluptuous Ava Gardner. The publicity buzz...

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5 Fundamental Points of the Oil Energy Reform

5 Fundamental Points of the Oil Energy Reform

          The press release of President Enrique Peña Nieto´s staff, detailing the five main points of his reform proposal:   On the subject of oil and other hydrocarbons, the Energy Reform contains five fundamental points: – It reiterates, word for word, the text of Article 27 of the Constitution at the...

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Mexico´s president proposes Energy Reform amid debate about privatization of Mexico´s petroleum industry

Mexico´s president proposes Energy Reform amid debate about privatization of Mexico´s petroleum industry

Energy reform and the privatization of Mexico´s oil and gas industry is a controversial issue in Mexico and  has been in the national debate for many years.  The main point of contention being whether Mexico needs to open up the state run monopolies of energy to private investment to allow much needed funding for upgrades,...

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My 4 inch life

My 4 inch life


Sitting in a classical guitar recital in a stark, echo-y room, I am drifting away on my own musings and wondering (not for the first time) just what is this obsession with cell phone recording?  It´s world-wide, it´s multigenerational, it´s multi-genre, and apparently completely indifferent to acoustics.  Rumbling buses thunder by, church bells gong, metal...

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International investment in Mexico continues to rise in key industries

Tourism and Hospitality industries see growth Latin America is one of the world’s fastest growing vacation and leisure markets. After a very slow 2012, hotel and tourism developers are back to building with high expectations for 2014. Developers are adding new properties in Mexico and the Caribbean in record numbers, the number of hotel construction...

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They want the resources, OCV asks for “Más promoción”

Printed in La Voz de Michoacan, July 22, 2013   By Victor M. Alvarado   They want the resources, OCV asks for “Más promoción” The Double tax of sewerage and sanitation should be used for that purpose   The hotel sector of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo proposed that the imposed double tax that they pay for sanitation and...

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Summer hasn´t brought expected tourism

Printed in La Voz de Michoacan newspaper, July 21, 2013 By Victor M. Alvarado The state secretary of tourism, Javier Aluni Montes, acknowledged that the current summer holiday season has brought fewer tourists than last year. He said: “The number of tourists do not yet cover the expectations of SEFOTUR, we believe that we are...

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SECTUR promotes the Paracho Guitar Fair to be held August 3-11

Printed in La Opinion de Michoacan, newspaper, Saturday July, 20, 2013   (SECTUR) promotes the Paracho Guitar Fair to be held August 3-11 By Liliana Ramirez   The Ministry of tourism gave promotional materials to the municipality of Paracho, where the 40th edition of the Paracho Guitar Fair will be held next month, August 3...

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New proposal to clean up Las Salinas

Printed in La Voz de Michoacan newspaper, 15 July 2013 Laguna de las Salinas is contaminated, new city proposal hopes to stop using it for concerts, clean it up The flora and fauna that surrounds the Salinas lagoon is being impacted due to the activities carried out in that place.   Migratory birds come there...

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City says money collected for the promotion of IZ will not be paid out

Printed in La Voz de Michoacan newspaper, 15 july 2013 Crisis at City Hall – Promotion funds withdrawn City says money collected for the promotion of IZ will not be paid By Victor R. Alvarado Due to the lack of economic resources the Zihuatanejo City Hall has suspended a payment of approximately 8 million pesos...

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