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Vidanta's Nuevo Vallarta Property - July 31, 2017.   Complements of Marty, an avid member of Aimfair.
Vidanta's Nuevo Vallarta Property - July 31, 2017. Complements of Marty, an avid member of Aimfair.

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Recent news, gossip and comments from Bob and Mary Ann...and all members of Aimfair....

July 13, 2018

Can you imagine a property the size of about .6 miles wide and 1.3 miles long, from one tip to the other? Well that is how large The Park appears to be, based upon Google Earth's most recent images.

Here is what we are talking about:

This image of The Park was taken by Google Earth in March, 2018.  Much more work has been done since then.  Literally tons and tons of earth have been relocated and continue to be relocated. Stay tuned....(Tap the image to enlarge; tap your browser's back arrow to return)
This image of The Park was taken by Google Earth in March, 2018. Much more work has been done since then. Literally tons and tons of earth have been relocated and continue to be relocated. Stay tuned....(Tap the image to enlarge; tap your browser's back arrow to return)


Although the Epcot Center is included in the Disney World property in Orlando, it is only about .71 miles north to south and about .75 miles east to west, which includes a parking lot. Here is a Google image of the Epcot Center:

This image of Epcot Center was taken by Google Earth.  This is just one of four parks on the Disney World 30,000 acre property.  But it is interesting to see the comparison between the two properties....(Tap the image to enlarge; tap your browser's back arrow to return)
This image of Epcot Center was taken by Google Earth. This is just one of four parks on the Disney World 30,000 acre property. But it is interesting to see the comparison between the two properties....(Tap the image to enlarge; tap your browser's back arrow to return)


Water Parks, a Cirque du Soleil "Creactive" center and other entertainment venues are anticipated, although there is no official word yet.

Bottom Line....Stay Tuned....

April 28, 2018

Have you read Falling Behind by Francis Fukuyama? The book was published in 2008 by the Oxford University Press. It is the compilation contributions made by participants in the November 2005 seminar in Buenos Aires entitled "Explaining the Development Gap between Latin America and the United States".

The question posed by the author and the seminar is why did Latin American fall behind the "other" America when Bolivia and Peru were both richer and hosted more complex civilizations than any that existed in North America in 1700? The subject of the book is how and when this gap in economic performance emerged, and why Latin America has not been able to overcome it as many countries in East Asia have. The seminar was supported by the Fundación Grupo Mayan, which is the precursor of the Vidanta Forum sponsor - Vidanta Foundation.

If you are on the Nuevo Vallarta property between May 16 and 19, 2018, don't be surprised if you see 450 attendees enjoying the property. There also will be a number of dignitaries who will be participating, including Daniel J. Chavéz Moran, founder of the foundation and Roberto Russel, the foundation's president now and of the Fundación Grupo Mayan in 2008. Following is the news release announcing the seminar:

Vidanta Forum: The Tourism Richness of Mexico as an Economic Development Engine
The forum is the result of an unprecedented initiative of the Vidanta Foundation and its institutional allies The Colegio de México, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE)

Through a series of conferences, workshops and experiences, the Vidanta Forum will seek to generate plural reflections on the future of tourism and its role as an engine of development in Mexico

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Grupo Vidanta
Apr 25, 2018, 17:33 ET
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CITY OF MEXICO, April 25, 2018 / PRNewswire / - The Vidanta Foundation, under the premise of believing in the social strength of tourism as a vehicle for economic transformation and progress, with the support of prestigious allied institutions -El Colegio de México , the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) -, has organized the Vidanta Forum. The event will be held from May 16 to 19, 2018 at the Grand Vidanta Convention Center in Nuevo Vallarta with the aim of promoting an ambitious dialogue between opinion leaders and international figures, from different industries, to establish best practices. in tourism

Roberto Russell, President of the Vidanta Foundation and Laura Flamand, Academic General Coordinator of El Colegio de México
Centro de Convenciones Grand Vidanta
Grand Vidanta Convention Center

Roberto Russell, Presidente de la Fundación Vidanta y Laura Flamand, Coordinadora General Académica de El Colegio de MéxicoCentro de Convenciones Grand Vidanta

The Vidanta Forum will have a capacity of 450 attendees, including international and national experts, students, academics, businessmen, intellectuals and members of civil society organizations.

"Aware of the impact that tourism has on the development of Mexico, through our Vidanta Foundation, it is a priority to generate a plural dialogue with world leaders, which allows us to know global trends and best practices as a solid path towards innovation" , said Iván Chávez, executive vice president of Grupo Vidanta.

"In Fundación Vidanta we are working hard to carry out precise actions that positively impact the social, economic and environmental development of Mexico, the Vidanta Forum is an important part of these," commented Roberto Russell , president of the Vidanta Foundation .

Daniel Chávez Morán -president and founder of Grupo Vidanta- will be in charge of starting the Vidanta Forum activities, which will analyze the following topics:

Tourism and Digital Strategies , will seek to discuss how new technological tools play an essential role in the dissemination and promotion of the wealth of values ​​of diversity and identity of our country. For this axis, will be the presence of Daniel Houghton , CEO of Lonely Planet , among other important figures.

Environment and Sustainable Tourism , where the priorities for the preservation of the natural heritage as the only means of sustainability of tourism will be identified, through a model that puts in value the natural wealth of Mexico. This proactive panel will feature prominent figures such as Alejandro del Mazo Maza , Commissioner of Protected Natural Areas, and Salomón Bazbaz, Director of Cumbre Tajín.

Mexican Gastronomy as a Tourist Attraction , with the purpose of defining the essence of Mexico's flavor based on its identity, diversity and hospitality; as well as dimensioning the opportunity of the models of routes and itineraries to revalue the gastronomic tourism, Vidanta Forum brings to the star of the world cuisine Ferran Adrià, creator of El Bulli ; the executive chef of Grupo Vidanta, Alexis Bostelmann ; In addition to the renowned Mexican chefs Martha Ortiz and Benito Molina .

Creativity and Culture , in which themes such as projection of the dignity, diversity and cultural identity of Mexico will be discussed, as strengths for the promotion of tourism businesses. To conclude this exercise, this conference block will be adorned with the expertise of Daniel Lamarre , President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil ; Jorge Esma Bazán of Mayan World Festival; and Marcela Diez Martínez, Director of the Cervantino Festival.

This event will be disseminated through an ambitious digital campaign and specialized media, as well as capsules and live links on national television, with the aim of having an important reach in the country and reach millions of viewers.

After the closing of the forum, the organizing institutions will prepare a document that gathers the most interesting proposals and policy recommendations that emerge from the event.

"For the Colegio de México it is an honor to be a strategic ally of the Vidanta Forum and to share projects with the Vidanta Foundation, because we are deeply convinced that it is necessary to transfer to society the idea that tourism has enormous potential for economic development. and social of Mexico, "said Laura Flamand , general academic coordinator of El Colegio de México.

Due to the growing importance of Mexico in the tourism industry worldwide - it is currently the eighth country with the highest number of foreign visitors, thus ranking above Thailand and Turkey - one of the achievements of Grupo Vidanta has been its positioning as a benchmark tourism, through the development of tourist centers with the highest quality standards.

Leader in creating dream vacations, largest operator of golf courses in the country, maximum exponent in entertainment thanks to its alliances with Cirque du Soleil and Hakkasan Group , as well as exemplary model in the constant creation of new and varied gastronomic experiences, Grupo Vidanta Committed to its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and through its Vidanta Foundation, it has the ideal position to lead this conversation in favor of Mexico.

For more information, please consult: www.forovidanta.com

About Fundación Vidanta

Fundación Vidanta was established in 2005 by Mexican philanthropist Daniel Chávez Morán, founder of Grupo Vidanta. Its mission is to promote knowledge and the proposal of public policies that contribute to the strengthening of democracy and the economic and social development of Latin America. The Vidanta Foundation works and cooperates with leading organizations in Latin America and outside the region in initiatives and projects that deal with the issues that justify their mission. These include: the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Academics, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Latin American Council of International Relations, the Inter-American Dialogue, the College of Mexico (COLMEX), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE), among others. Learn more about Fundación Vidanta at www.fundacionvidanta.org

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SOURCE Grupo Vidanta

SOURCE Grupo Vidanta

Very interesting! Let us know the outcome of the seminar if you happen to attend.

February 16, 2018

The Riviera Maya News posted the following article. It certainly speaks for itself, and it would be great if order would come to the PV International airport too. What do you think? Leave your comment below this article. Cheers!

Agencies say order is needed to stop tourist harassment at Cancun airport
BY RIVIERA MAYA NEWS ON FEBRUARY 16, 2018
https://www.riviera-maya-news.com
Cancun, Q.R. — Several tourist bodies in Cancun are requesting that bad tourism practices being allowed by the Cancun International Airport be regulated.

The Hotel Association of Cancun and Puerto Morelos (AHCyPM) along with the Visitors and Conventions Office (OVC) and the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV) have voiced their concern about irregularities in the new Terminal 4 of the Cancun airport.

Concerned bodies are denouncing the harassment of arriving passengers saying they have received many complaints in regards to the irregularities in the AIC. They say these things create a bad image for visitors, such as the harassment of passengers for car rental services, taxis (those who have the concession for the air terminal), of pirate transporters and of timeshare vendors at the terminal exit.

“We have received complaints from the tour operators about the arrival area of the T4. Passengers who head toward the exit door do not see representatives of their hotel or company so the independent transport companies deceive them by selling them transportation. This causes complaints and requests for reimbursements,” said Lizzie Cole Guerrero, director of OVC.

“This damages not only the local tourism agencies, but also the tour operator, the travel agent who sold the package and in general, our destination,” she added.

“We agreed that we must put order in the airport. We cannot be a world class destination with that reception to our tourists,” said Roberto Cintrón Gómez, president of the AHCyPM.

The AHCyPM also agrees. The AMAV is absolutely right to raise its voice, order must be placed, compared to other international airports in Mexico and the world. The AIC is very “aggressive”, said Abelardo Vara Riviera, hotel entrepreneur.

“The reality is that when you arrive at the terminals, it seems that you arrive at a place of savages, all shouting, offering you almost everything. Visitors are left with the desire to return to the plane. There are no words to describe the way they almost assault you offering services and things that sometimes you do not understand. You are arriving from a long flight and from the moment you step inside the terminal until you take your transport, it is an almost constant harassment,” he said.

Marisol Vanegas Pérez, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo says the timeshare sales practices at the Cancun International Airport (AIC) are not illegal, given that there is a contract with Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (Asur) and is part of its customer attraction strategies, but what is sought is to avoid deception and harassment, which becomes aggressive toward tourists.

The Timeshare Industry is good for the Mexican economy and tourism, but the airports leave a lot to be desired, don't you think?


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