Merida set for 2015 LGBT Confex

Latin America’s leading LGBT Conferences and Exhibitions Company, Confex has confirmed Merida in Mexico’s Yucatan as the host of the Fifth edition of its LGBT Business Expo, Latin America’s leading LGBT business event.

The LGBT Business Expo is B2B and consumer event targeting all elements of the LGBT community. The event is scheduled to take place from September 18- 19, 2015. The event is designed to maximize networking business and educational opportunities.

The LGBT Business Expo was first held in 2011 in Puerto Vallarta and has continually grown since almost doubling in scale with its 2012 edition in Cancun and continued its growth journey in 2013’s International LGBT Business Expo in Guadalajara, Mexico and 2014’s edition in Vallarta-Nayarit.

The 2015 event will include education presentations and workshops from many leading global LGBT thought-leaders focusing in the platforms: Tourism, Corporate, Film, Academic, Entrepreneurs, Technology, and Media. Leading researchers from universities worldwide will also be present at the new academic platform entitled “International Congress on Sexual Diversity Studies”.

The LGBT Confex will feature the diversity of activities and services that the city has to offer for the LGBT Consumer. They will be working with the city of Yucatan, its tourism and convention bureau, local entrepreneurs targeting the LGBT consumer in the State of Yucatan.

According to CEO of LGBT Confex, Ruben Sandoval, “We are very pleased and excited to have Merida as our host city for the Fifth Edition of the LGBT Business Expo as the city embodies Mexico’s Pre-Hispanic, Colonial and contemporary realities. It is a city unique in Mexico and one that has embraced the LGBT community.” (2351)

Akumal – The Best Destination For Snorkeling

The popular travelling website Tripadvisor was flooded with enquiries about which is the best place to go for snorkeling, is it Akumal or Cozumel. Read on to find out which destination you should consider visiting.

In Mexico, there are many spots where one of the major attractions is to go for snorkeling. One of them is Puerto Morelos. It is the easiest and while all snorkel experiences change with conditions, Puerto Morelos is quite same. There is so much to see and one can go out by boat which is cheap. The reef in Puerto Morelos is shallow and you can be closer to nature.  Then there is Cozumel famous for diving. But Akumal is famous for turtles when compared to Puerto Morelos and Cozumel.

The little beach town of Akumal attracts tourists who love snorkeling with endangered green sea turtles. Interestingly, you don’t need to rent a boat or even a guide to go snorkeling with the turtles like in the case of Puerto Morelos. Turtles are a short swim away. The ocean floor at Akumal is covered with sea grass, one of the turtles’ favorite foods. The turtles hang out there for hours in the bay, casually munching on the grass. Aside from turtles, there isn’t much other marine life in the shallow waters of Akumal Bay.

You can reach Akumal for a wonderful experience from Playa del Carmen by collectivo. Collectivos are small, so if you have a lot of luggage, you may want to take a bus or taxi. The collective from Playa del Carmen will usually drop you off by the pedestrian overpass on the highway. Cross over the overpass and keep following the road and you’ll be on the beach. If the collectivo drops you off in Akumal town, you will have to just follow the road back across the highway. Another option for getting to Akumal from Playa is to take a bus. The ADO buses do not stop in Akumal, so you’ll need to take a second class Mayab bus.

After reaching Akumal, you can rent snorkels, fins and masks right in the bay. You’ll need to bring your own towels, ID and a deposit. The dive sites also rent lockers.

So, get your snorkeling gears and dive in to enjoy the clear waters with turtles. (2449)

Travelling to Tulum from Chetumal

At a popular travel website, Tripadvisor, a query came regarding a possible journey from Chetumal to Tulum in a rented car.

Chetumal is situated on the western side of Chetumal Bay, near the mouth of the Río Hondo. Chetumal is an important port for the region and operates as Mexico’s main trading gateway with the neighboring country of Belize. While Tulum holds the honour of being the most picturesque archaeological site in the Riviera Maya and the only one to have been built overlooking the ocean. Both are very different in nature but shouldn’t be missed.

A visit here offers spectacular views of the Riviera Maya beaches, Caribbean Sea and surrounding coastal region. Tulum was an ancient Mayan fortress city that rose to power toward the end of the Classic period. The most iconic of its structures, the Castillo, is perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the clear turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean. The cliff-top Castillo, with its beachfront location and lush green landscape, is the image most often associated with the Mayan Riviera.

You can walk around the expansive walkway which extends till the ruins and then come down the stairs directly to the beach where you can swim and sunbathe. The best way to experience Tulum is to combine a tour of the ruins with some beach time.

From Chetumal one can take the bus of the Ado brand. The Chetumal to Tulum buses are frequent in case of second class ride. Don’t worry they are pretty nice to travel. The only thing that bothers is that they stop more often. Rental car choices are very limited in Chetumal because it isn´t really a tourist town. The rentals you do find will be expensive.

So don’t put a whole in your pocket to travel from Chetumal to Tulum, just avail any of the bus rides that are available. (2534)

Travel Akumal Bay And Tulum In One Day

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Tripadvisor – the popular travel website got flooded with queries regarding Tulum and Akumal Bay. Can they be covered in a single day or not. Read on to know more…

Want to visit both of these amazing places in one day? It’s not you alone who wants to do that, there are many tourists who are thinking the same. First starting off with Akumal and do snorkelling and see some turtles in the morning as the later in the day the more likely choppy water. Spend until mid day and go to Tulum. You know what, it’s absolutely doable and depends on how much time you wish to devote to Tulum. You should be able to catch a collectivo heading to Tulum from Akumal. Just be aware that if you are planning on traveling only by collectivo, there will be quite a bit of walking involved from the highway. You get off on the highway and you are right there where they sell the tickets to their little “train” for super cheap and its a few minutes ride to the entrance. But be aware because by the time you may reach Tulum, it will be hot.

Otherwise you can try the other way round. Take the colectivo to the ruins first in the morning before it gets too hot and it is right off the highway and later go to Akumal for snorkelling and lunch. Now to figure out the best option and transportation and if you don’t want to spend all your money on Taxi’s which seems to be easy to do there, get a collective to take you around. You can also check prices with one of the private transfer companies – likely less as Canada Transfers, AGI Transfers and USA Transfers. In the Akumal area, many great places to go and eat.

So, plan accordingly and pack some essentials and get ready to explore the serene blue water and Mayan ruins together. (2139)

$10 Billion USD Broadband Network To Boost Mexico’s Wireless Competition

Telcel owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim to get competition from new $10 billion open network. The new network would be run as an independent “carrier of carriers,” and would be available to any interested mobile-service provider at regulated and non-discriminatory costs. According to the government, this will translate in lower mobile-service prices for consumers, and encourage providers to enter the market offering phone, Internet and data services on mobile devices.

The project is a key part of President Peña’s campaign to boost competition in Mexico’s wireless market, where América Móvil SAB unit Telcel holds a 70% share. As there are some complex regulations involved, some industry analysts remain skeptical of his plan, which according to them is the first of its kind.

The network could potentially be used by hundreds of mobile-service providers, but its operator would be barred from providing service directly to consumers to avoid any conflict of interest. The process is to tender a high-quality slot of radio waves that would be exclusively used by the new mobile network. The new open network will benefit operators that don’t have their own network but want to provide mobile services, according to experts. But it could also be used by current operators that own their networks to gain more spectrums and offer a better service to their clients.

The program is expected to kick off in December. The government plans to take bids to build the network in February, with the winner to be announced by August, and it is planning for the new network to be deployed by the end of the current administration in 2018.

According to industry insiders, Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent SA, Huawei Technologies Co. and Motorola Mobility have shown interest in providing equipment and have participated in field tests to evaluate the project. The government also has to select an operator for the network, which analysts say could be a large global telecommunications company.

The new infrastructure also opens options for Mexican media companies. Grupo Televisa , the country’s biggest TV broadcaster and pay television provider, is also looking for options for offer mobile service to its 9 million TV subscribers after selling its 50% stake in Iusacell.

Mexico has suffered for decades from a highly concentrated telecommunications market, resulting in higher prices, saturated networks, and the lowest investment per capita. Mexico also has the lowest mobile broadband penetration rate in the OECD, with around 14 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants at the end of 2013, according to data compiled by the OECD. That’s below Chile, which had 36, and the average of 72 for the group.

Market regulation could also be problematic. Regulated rates would be imposed in order to offer competitive costs for mobile providers interested in using the network, squeezing profit margins for the operator. Another concern is that the network could end up costing the government billions of pesos a year in subsidies. Since the operator will be forced to cover almost 100% of the country’s territory, even remote rural areas, it will be state-owned firm Telecomunicaciones de México that will provide the mobile service in areas where there is no interest from private firms.

Whatever the future may hold, it will be for the good for the nation. (2203)

Cancun – Most Popular International Destination

Come this winter, Cancun will see an influx of foreign tourist as stated by American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). According to bookings by members of ASTA, Cancun is the most popular international destination for the 2014-2015 winter season.

24 percent of respondents to ASTA’s 2014 Hot Spots for Winter Survey chose Cancun as their favourite destination to visit during winters. During summers its only 5 percent. Some of the other popular destinations for winter are Rome (16%), London (11%), Paris (9%), Sydney (3%), Barcelona (3%), Montego Bay (3%), Riviera Maya (3%), Punta Cana (2%) and Cape Town (1%). The top 10 international destination cities in the winter survey are the same as the summer top 10 with the exception of Sydney and Cape Town replacing Amsterdam and Madrid. Mexico, led by Cancun, topped with a 24 percent share. Rounding out the top five country/region destinations for winter travel are Italy (18%), the Caribbean (12%), France (7%) and United Kingdom (6%). Survey data was collected through the 2014 ASTA Research Family from July through August 2014. This survey has a 95 percent rate confidence with an error rate +/-5 percent.

Cancun is easily accessible from the U.S., has a plethora of all-inclusive resorts, a warm climate and beautiful beaches and that’s why it emerged as the clear winter vacation destination desired by our member’s clients explained Zane Kerby, ASTA President and CEO. If you have any doubts regarding your dream destination, you can find a travel agent on the ‘Find a Travel Agent’ directory on TravelSense.org. Here the tourists can search for a travel agent who specializes in the destinations that they dream of visiting.

So, where are you heading to this winter? (1834)

Travel Akumal Bay And Tulum In One Day

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Tripadvisor – the popular travel website got flooded with queries regarding Tulum and Akumal Bay. Can they be covered in a single day or not. Read on to know more…

Want to visit both of these amazing places in one day? It’s not you alone who wants to do that, there are many tourists who are thinking the same. First starting off with Akumal and do snorkelling and see some turtles in the morning as the later in the day the more likely choppy water. Spend until mid day and go to Tulum. You know what, it’s absolutely doable and depends on how much time you wish to devote to Tulum. You should be able to catch a collectivo heading to Tulum from Akumal. Just be aware that if you are planning on traveling only by collectivo, there will be quite a bit of walking involved from the highway. You get off on the highway and you are right there where they sell the tickets to their little “train” for super cheap and its a few minutes ride to the entrance. But be aware because by the time you may reach Tulum, it will be hot.

Otherwise you can try the other way round. Take the colectivo to the ruins first in the morning before it gets too hot and it is right off the highway and later go to Akumal for snorkelling and lunch. Now to figure out the best option and transportation and if you don’t want to spend all your money on Taxi’s which seems to be easy to do there, get a collective to take you around. You can also check prices with one of the private transfer companies – likely less as Canada Transfers, AGI Transfers and USA Transfers. In the Akumal area, many great places to go and eat.

So, plan accordingly and pack some essentials and get ready to explore the serene blue water and Mayan ruins together. (1699)

Snorkeling At Turtle Bay

Popular travel website Tripadvisor got a query about snorkeling at the Turtle Bay of Akumal Yucatan Peninsula and how to reach. Read on to find out what people had to say and it may answer your doubts too –

To reach Turtle Bay you can either hire a taxi or hop on a collectivo. Taxi will take you right to the beach. collectivo will drop you off on the highway and from there, take the pedestrian overpass to cross the highway and then walk in. You can rent the dive in gear for the surrounding shops and the pricing too is affordable. The snorkel tours start by 10 am, so make sure to reach there early. Ignore the people called piratas who will try and tell you it is the law that you must have a guide. But that is not true, you will only require the guide if it’s an organized tour.  Act like you know what you are doing and get far from them and start snorkeling peacefully.

Snorkeling at the Turtle Bay is one thing where you need to keep your patience and concentrate, so any crowd will disturb you. You will find lots of over enthusiastic fellow snorkelers who will bump and run into you. Find a lone spot and concentrate for 5 minutes, your eyes will become accustomed, and you will be able to see turtles. Best things come to you in the ocean, when you just let them, don’t race around chasing what you think you are going to miss.

Turtles begin laying eggs in late May until September (at darkness – bring a red flashlight which will not disturb them). It takes 55-60 days to hatch (late July to early November). You can also swim around them. Turtles in Akumal Bay live there year around and eat turtle grass. If you want to see turtle hatchings you will have to coordinate with CEA. Sometimes if a nest hatches during the day, the CEA volunteers collect the turtles and then release them later around dusk, so it is harder for their predators to see them.

Get your snorkeling gears and to head to Turtle Bay with your family. (1592)

Launch Of MIP Cancun In Mexico

MIPCOM and MIP TV organizer Reed Midem have announced the launch of MIP Cancun in November. Market is all set to draw leading Latin-American TV buyers. Coming this Nov. 19-21, acquisition execs from some 40 regional channels along with around 40 distributors of international programming, will come to JW Marriott in the resort town of Cancun, will focus on scripted and unscripted content, including fiction, formats, factual and kids entertainment.

According to the event organizers, Spanish-speaking viewers are one of the fastest growing audiences of the entertainment industry and Mexico is the world’s leading producing nation of Spanish-language content. MIP Cancun meets a growing demand for international companies looking to do business with their counterparts in Latin America explained the organizers.

Even Mexico was the MIPCOM’s country of honor earlier this month in Cannes, France. (1733)

Veils To Go Up For Expanded Azul Hotel In Playa Del Carmen

Coming Jan. 15, the veils will go up the all-inclusive Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma in Playa del Carmen after the completion of its $40 million expansion.

The expansion plan will introduce 64-suite Essence section and The Fives Plaza with three restaurants, two bars, a coffee shop and a gym. The new section will also include two pools, several swim-up suites and sky suites with private rooftops with daybeds, Jacuzzis and barbecues. The new restaurants feature wok cuisine, Japanese dishes and French bistro offerings in addition to the resort’s five existing a la carte restaurants at the Beach Club overlooking the Caribbean. Other facilities include the Vassa Spa, wedding venues, the Azulitos Playhouse for kids and the Breeze Teen Club.

Mandy Chomat, vice president of sales and marketing for Premier Worldwide Marketing, the representatives for Azul Hotels explained their strategy. “This was a direct response to an increasing demand for one-, two- and three-bedroom suites,” she stated.

Rates at the new Essence section will start at $217 per person, per night, double. (1664)