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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? (2453)

Maria Sharapova Sheds Away Her Blues On Cancun Beaches

Maria Sharapova Sheds Away Her Blues On Cancun Beaches

Maria Sharapova Sheds Away Her Blues On Cancun Beaches

Recently, Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova decided that the best way to chase away her tennis court issues was by surrounding herself with friends, sun, sand and surf. And what better for that than Cancun.

Sharapova was spotted on the beaches of Cancun enjoying the bright sunshine, cool waters of the Caribbean Sea and white powdery sand. The tennis superstar was in a black bikini, a simple hairdo and a pair of shades which was perfect for a trip to beach.  This elegant lady looked perfect even without makeup as she showed off her perfectly lean athletic body.

It seemed as if Sharapova had totally forgotten her recent struggles on the court and was intent on having a good time.

Cancun has become the destination of choice for all sorts of celebrities. Recently, another tennis star Rafael Nadal also visited Cancun along with her girlfriend. The coming of celebrities is a big endorsement for Cancun and nearby areas of Playa del Carmen and Akumal whose real estate sector has benefited tremendously from increased focus and exposure.

Riviera Maya is a perfect spot for complete relaxation as one can soak up the sun and rich cultural heritage of Mexico without any care in the world as Maria did. Maria played in the water even as she continuously kept applying dollops of sunscreen on her skin. As the temperature was stifling she also drank fruit juice. (3867)

Are There Any Private or Group Tours From Cancun to Chichen Itza

A few days ago a couple posted a question on TripAdvisor asking if there are any reputed Cancun based tour companies in Mexico offering small group tours or even well-priced private tours from Cancun to Chichen Itza and its surrounding areas?

In response to this query, here is what some experienced travelers had to say:

It would be a great idea to either rent a car and drive around on your own or hire car service with a driver and do your own tour! This way you can go at your own pace and explore a lot more in Chichen Itza as well as the surrounding areas. You could also check out the nearby sites of Ek-Balam, Coba and even Tulum! Couples or small groups of friends can also arrange for a small private bus tour, with the driver being the guide. It will be a fun and comfortable long drive and with a guide you will also be able to learn about the rich history of Chichen Itza. These tours make a couple of quick stops for snacks and lunch, and some even stop at a cenote for a short while for those who wish to take a dip!

You can also opt for a private tour with USA Transfers in Cancun, Mexico and beat the mad rush of all the tour buses and get some great pictures! Cancun is a springboard for tourists in Riviera Maya. Cancun is conveniently located and has an international airport because of which many people stay in the city and from there on visit nearby destinations. (3492)

Top Five Travel Tips for Cancun Spring Break 2014

Top Five Travel Tips for Spring Break 2014

Top Five Travel Tips for Spring Break 2014

Cancun Spring Break is a heady time in Mexico. Thousands of students from USA descend to Cancun and spill over to Playa del Carmen & Akumal in search of beach, sand and unlimited fun. But alcohol, youthful exuberance, crowds and a foreign land doesn’t mix well. The result is that we read quite a few cases of students  getting in to trouble. Usually Cancun is quite safe for foreigners but being aware and smart is always recommended.

To prevent such unwelcome situations, US State  department has issued a press release – Top Five Travel Tips for Spring Break 2014. (http://1.usa.gov/1kmp1OR)

Here is the complete list

For some college students, Spring Break is a time to bask in the Caribbean sun. Some use their respite from classes to volunteer in a foreign country. Others venture across the Atlantic to embark upon a European adventure or to visit friends studying abroad. Regardless of the destination, the U.S. Department of State encourages students to follow our tips for traveling abroad:

  • Avoid underage and excessive alcohol consumption. “Overdoing it” can lead to an arrest, accident, violent crime, or death.
  • Obey all local laws, and remember they might be different from our own. Don’t carry or use drugs, as this can result in severe penalties. Don’t carry weapons either—some countries have strict laws, and even possessing something as small as a pocketknife or a single bullet can get you into legal trouble.
  • Before you leave for your trip, learn as much as possible about your destination at our website dedicated to student travelers: studentsabroad.state.gov. Here, you can find out about entry requirements, crime, health precautions, and road conditions.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This program keeps students up-to-date with important safety and security announcements, such as Travel WarningsTravel Alerts, and security messages.
  • Keep in touch with your parents. If you will be without Internet or phone service for a few days, let them know. We receive many calls from parents who fear the worst when they have not heard from their children. In most cases, their child is fine, but has been too busy to check in.

Of course, even well-prepared travelers may face an emergency, like a lost passport or an injury. In those cases, our embassies and consulates are available to help 24/7. Be sure to write down the contact information for the U.S. embassy or consulate in your destination country.

Members of the media who wish to speak about Spring Break travel tips with an official from the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs are encouraged to contact CAPRESSREQUESTS@state.gov. (5406)

Google Adds Cancun, Isla Mujeres To Underwater Street View

Google Adds Cancun, Isla Mujeres To Underwater Street View

Google Adds Cancun, Isla Mujeres To Underwater Street View

Cancun, Isla Mujeres now in Google Underwater Street View

Can’t snorkel but still would like to see the fabulous underwater marine life off the coast of Riveiera Maya? Google has found a solution for you. Google has added two new underwater destinations in Mexico to its Google underwater Street View scenes.

According to Techcrunch, Google is collaborating with the Catlin Seaview Project to capture the imminent danger to the coral reefs around the world using high-definition underwater photography. The new undersea images from around Isla Mujeres and Cancun in Mexico reveal a whale shark swimming near Isla Contoy and a sunken car teeming with life which is one of the item of the famous underwater museum at Isla Mujeres.

The underwater Street View was first started in 2012. Now Google has added many locations like reefs around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines, Hawaii, locations off the coast of Bermuda and Galapagos Islands.

The divers typically cover about 2 kilometers and take between 3,000 and 4,000 images per dive during their expeditions and the team goes about three dives per day, each of which lasting for about an hour.

The latest addition to Street View is the shoreline of San Francisco as seen from the water, the report added. (3673)

Rafael Nadal Hits Cancun Beach With Girlfriend

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Cancun has always been the #1 destination for spring breakers and celebs.  The latest celeb to endorse Cancun is the tennis legend Rafael Nadal. Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal took a break from tennis as he relaxed on the Cancun beach with his girlfriend. Nadal’s girlfriend Maria Xisca Perello was spotted in a bikini. She is clearly one of the top WAGs as far as beauty is concerned.

It was not just sun and sand for the Rafael in Cancun. The uber-fit athlete also indulged in kayaking to keep himself fit even when thick in between his vacation. Rafael intends to keep up his form in top gear as he will look to defend the Indian Wells’ title just after the vacation. The year ahead is going to be very busy as the tennis calendar is packed and Nadal will be facing off stiff competition from the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

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Nadal is not the only celeb to visit Cancun recently.  Here is a list of celebs who were in the beach destination in the recent times. Cancun is a safe destination  totally contrary to the rumors regarding its security.

The pair looked happy and content. The romance was in the air as the Cancun provided the perfect backdrop. The couple had an easy charm and no airs about them.

Check pictures of Rafael Nadal in Cancun with his girlfriend (5016)

FINA World Water Polo Conference To Be Held In Cancun Mexico Feb 28-29

FINA World Water Polo Conference
The FINA aquatic community will gather on February 27-28, 2014 in Cancun, Mexico (Is cancun safe?)to attend the FINA World Water Polo Conference, a unique opportunity to hear from established team sports, newly popular sports, and representatives from the Water Polo family about the innovative ideas they have used to ensure continued success.

Under the motto “Sharing the Magic of Team Sports”, the conference will provide dedicated leaders within Water Polo with an exciting platform where FINA delegates will hear from international experts, drawing on their real-world learnings and giving practical tips to gain new insights and inspire visionary thinking that can be used in the future.

To inspire the Water Polo family, the FINA World Water Polo Conference will include:

  • Inspiring success stories and key learnings from the established sport teams in the big leagues such as the NFL (American Football), NBA (Basketball), NHL (Ice Hockey), ICC (Cricket)
  • Insights from the newly popular sports on how to break through the already crowded market and on how to capture the young audience’s attention and interest such as Rugby 7, BMX (Bicycle Motocross) and Beach Volleyball
  • Views from sponsors and media partners perspectives including Arena, Dentsu, BrandActivator and Navigate Research
  • Interesting success stories and input in Water Polo from both athletes and leaders

To view the detailed programme please click here: programme.

The great mix of people and the focus on offering enough time for discussion will certainly bring some interesting insights into how outsiders, athletes and sponsors view Water Polo and wish to make it an even more attractive game.

Media outlets such as Twitter and Live Streaming will be used to broadcast the conference. (3550)

Is Cancun Safe for Tourists?

Is Cancun Safe?

Is Cancun Safe?

Recently a worried traveler posted a question on Tripadvisor asking if Cancun, Mexico is a safe place to visit. The traveler plans to visit Cancun with a friend, but her parents are very concerned and keep sending her links of sites showing crime in Mexico. This has gotten her worried to the extent that she is planning to stay within the resort the whole time and not venture out in Cancun! She needs to know, that in terms on safety, if there is any reason to worry at all while visiting Cancun, Mexico.

In reply to this, here’s what some travelers had to say:

Cancun is a whole lot safer than any medium-sized city in the US. Most travelers say that they have been to Cancun several times, never ever felt unsafe and thoroughly enjoyed their trips. In fact, Cancun feels a lot safer compared to the other places that they have visited across the world. Mexico is a huge country. It is absolutely wrong to refer to the entire country as “unsafe”. Read up and be informed. Mexican states like Baja California Sur, Guanajuato, Campeche, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo and the Yucatan are very safe and have absolutely no travel advisories issued on them by the US State Department. Cancun is absolutely unaffected by the drug cartels that operate in certain parts of Mexico. The cartel’s do not want attention which is why they stay away from tourist areas like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta etc. Depending on your budget you could either put up in downtown Cancun or in the pricey hotel zone area. Both the options are perfectly safe. To be extra careful, stay in the tourist areas and don’t wander off into unknown areas. Also, leave valuables at home or in your hotel’s safe and do not carry large amounts of cash. Exploring Cancun in a bus is a great adventure and also absolutely safe. Thousands of expats living in Cancun homes can vouch for its safety.

Cancun is as safe as it can be. Choosing to stay within the hotel and not exploring this fantastic town would be a big mistake.

Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/msteinberg/3287978451/player/ (5792)

The Riviera Maya Film Festival To Be Held From 9th-15th March

The Riviera Maya Film Festival To Be Held From 9th-15th March

The Riviera Maya Film Festival To Be Held From 9th-15th March

Riviera Maya is fast emerging as the cultural capital of Quintana Roo. Since last two years, Riviera Maya has been hosting the Riviera Maya Film Festival to promote the Mexican film industry, find distributors for the Mexican film by talented film makers and showcase foreign films to the Mexican audiences.

Started in 2012, RMFF has been steadfastly going about its endeavor. Riviera Maya Film Festival has announced its official program of domestic and international films to be screened at this year’s annual event to be held from March 9th to March 15th, 2014. RMFF not only showcases films but also the beautiful beach destinations such as Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen. No wonder, the festival receives large number of participants from all over the world. In 2014, more than 50 films from 23 countries will be screened during the festival.

The competitive sections of the Festival are Mexican Platform, in which the jury bestows two Kukulkan Awards with prize money of 300,000 MXN each and a Kukulkan Youth Jury Award which carries a prize of 100,000 MXN; the RivieraLAB/Co-production Forum, where two selected projects will receive a financial incentive of 200,000 MXN each; and the RivieraLAB/Work in Progress, where two selected projects will receive a financial incentive of 200,000 MXN each. In total, the Festival grants 1,500,000 MXN in prizes.

The Riviera Maya Film Festival will take place in beach destinations of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum. Below you can find a selection of some of the films which will be shown at the 2014 Riviera Maya Film Festival:

  • A Promise (Director Patrice Leconte, Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden, Toby Murray)
  • Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (Director Arnaud des Pallières, Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross)
  • Grand Central (Director Rebecca Zlotowski, Starring Tahar Rahim, Oliver Gourmet, Léa Seydoux)
  • Hard to Be a God (Director Aleksei German, Starring Leonid Yarmolnik, Dmitriy Vladimirov, Laura Lauri)
  • Holy Field Holy War (Director Lech Kowalski)
  • Night Moves (Director Kelly Reichardt, Starring Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat)
  • Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 & Volume 2 (Director Lars von Trier, Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf)
  • Oldboy (Director Spike Lee, Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson)
  • R100 (Director Hitoshi Matsumoto, Starring Mao Daichi, Lindsay Kay Hayward, Hairi Katagiri, Gin Maeda)
  • Seduced and Abandoned (Director James Toback, Starring Ryan Gosling, Martin Scorsese, Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger)
  • The Double (Director Richard Ayoade, Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Sally Hawkins, Mia Wasikowska)
  • Til Madness Do Us Apart (Director Wang Bing)
  • Tip Top (Director Serge Bozon, Starring Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Kiberlain, Karole Rocher)
  • Why Don´t You Play in Hell (Director Shion Sono, Starring Hiroki Hasegawa, Gen Hoshino, Akihiro Kitamura)

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Celebrate V-Day in Cancun, The Sexiest City Of Mexico

Valentine’s Weekend, 2014 – Celebrate Love In Cancun, Mexico

Valentine’s Weekend, 2014 – Celebrate Love In Cancun, Mexico

Valentine’s Day is right round the corner. How about whisking your darling away to celebrate this day of love in Cancun – one of the sexiest and most romantic places in the world!

Cancun epitomizes romance. It comes as no surprise then, that recently, the users of the travel site Orbitz.com ranked Cancun as one of the sexiest cities in the world. Cancun is also the #1 destination in Latin America

The white-sand beaches, magnificently beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, and the picture-perfect, dreamy scenery of Cancun create the perfect romantic setting to let your sweetheart know just how much you love him/her!

In Cancun, the options for your romantic vacation are endless and you will be spoilt for choice!

They say that everything sounds more romantic in Spanish. In Cancun, say “Te amo” (I love you) to your special one on a private yacht while sipping on cocktails and relishing the sunset or on a peaceful dinner cruise on the calm and picturesque waters of the lagoon.

Most of the restaurants in Cancun look over the ocean or the lagoon and offer special menus on Valentine’s Day.

Drink champagne while sitting by the pool, or on the beach, watch the sunrise together, go salsa dancing or arrange to have a private romantic dinner on the beach! (Some hotels in Cancun offer this service at an additional cost.

Book yourself a couples massage at one of Cancun’s 30 spa hotels where you can enjoy various kinds of rejuvenating treatments. Many hotel spas in Cancun offer ‘couples massages’ at discounted rates for Valentine’s Day. Opt for an extravagant chocolate body wrap or simply a massage together before you get ready for your romantic Valentine’s meal.

Traditional all-inclusive resorts include spa packages for two, candle-lit bathtubs, luxurious rose petal dusted beds, exquisite resort style pool, relaxing hot tubs, food & alcohol – all the elements necessary to make it as romantic as it can get!

For the more adventurous couples too, Cancun has a lot in store. The city is brimming with ancient Mayan ruins, canopy tours, hidden beaches, hikes and excursions. How about sharing some extra-special moments with your loved one gliding over the turquoise waters of the Caribbean or climbing the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza? (4195)