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Mazatlan Concludes Its Western Canada Tour

Francisco de la Vega Aragon, State Secretary of Tourism, led a delegation that invited Canadians to visit Mazatlan and the Copper Canyon.

Vancouver, B.C. – Sept. 22nd, 2010- The Mazatlan delegation concluded its visit to Western Canada this past week. The group of travel industry executives and Tourism Board officials traveled to Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. The tour took place within the framework of Mexico Fest and the annual Addison Travel Trade Shows; and aimed to promote the Mazatlan and Copper Canyon Getaway.

“Mazatlan’s tourism industry representatives spoke enthusiastically to travel agents and travelers,” Said the State Secretary of Tourism. “Our goal is to encourage Western Canadians to explore the myriad of attractions that the destination offers.”

Mazatlan’s seminars encouraged guests to explore Cosalá and El Quelite – the magical towns that surround Mazatlan, in addition to cultural and historic attractions. Paul Beckman invited guests to participate in the upcoming Sustainable Nature Tourism Symposium & Expo taking place in Mazatlan in December 2010. Mr. Beckman, President of the event’s organizing committee, noted that the expo will bring together universities, entrepreneurs, governments and environmental authorities to discuss the development of sustainable tourism in the region.

Thousands of Canadians travel to Mazatlan each year and many return multiple times to the city known as the Pearl of the Pacific.  Throughout the tour, the delegation expressed the diversity of activities available, which provide new and exciting experiences to Canadians who choose Mazatlan as their holiday destination.

About Mazatlan:

Mazatlan is located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Founded in the 16th Century, Mazatlan possesses one of Mexico’s only seaside historic centers. One in every three travelers that visits Mazatlan is Canadian. The city, State Tourism Board, and the Mazatlan Hotel Association are thrilled to bring a part of Mazatlan to Canada as a preview to the winter season. For more information visit: www.gomazatlan.com.

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Thousands of Vancouverites Embraced Mazatlan at Mexico’s Ultimate Fiesta

 The Mexico Independence Fiesta, a part of Mexico Fest, took place on Saturday September 11th at Thurlow Plaza and featured Mazatlan. As the rain fell on the dramatic stage framed by the North Shore Mountains, the event inspired nostalgia in Snow Birds and Mexican-Canadians alike.

Michael and Helen Peligal

Michael and Helen Peligal

 Michael Peligal and Helen Wong started going to Mazatlan thirty years ago. They returned to Mazatlan year after year as they became close friends with many locals. Now they own a place in Mazatlan.

 “The local people are phenomenal,” says Michael. “The climate is great, the food is wonderful and it’s just relaxing. All the things you read about that are going on in Mexico, you just don’t feel them when you are there … Mazatlan is a great city.”

 Michael and Helen stay informed about Mazatlan while they are in Vancouver. They participate in events Mexico organizes on the Lower Mainland and they are not alone. Thousands of Vancouverites flocked to the Fiesta and many donned traditional Mexican embroidered clothing and sombreros. Partygoers braved the evening rain to sing the Canadian and Mexican national anthems as both countries’ flags stood side by side on the main stage. The crowd sang, danced, ate and cheered as anyone would at a good Mexican fiesta.   

Celebrating at Thurlow Plaza in Vancouver, B.C.

Celebrating at Thurlow Plaza in Vancouver, B.C.

About Mazatlan:

 Mazatlan is located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Founded in the 16th Century, Mazatlan possesses one of Mexico’s only seaside historic centers. One in every three travellers that visits Mazatlan is Canadian. The city, State Tourism Board, and the Mazatlan Hotel Association are thrilled to bring a part of Mazatlan to Vancouver as a preview to the winter season. For more information visit: www.gomazatlan.com


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Mazatlan-Based Sinaloa Folkloric Ballet Performs In Vancouver

The colorful ballet was the entertainment centerpiece at Mexico’s Independence Gala Dinner.

Mexico hosted the Independence Gala Dinner at Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Center on Friday September 10th.  The evening was a part of Mexico Fest– a series of events that celebrate Mexico’s two hundred year anniversary of independence and feature Mazatlan as the guest destination.

The Mazatlan-based Sinaloa Folkloric Ballet performed a repertoire that reflected the history and culture of Mexico.  Guests enjoyed several dances including the traditional indigenous “dance of the deer.” Vancouverites saw the authentic and cultural side of Mazatlan.

WestJet is about to enter its fourth year of flying to Mazatlan,” Said Yehudi Altman, Director of Product for WestJet Vacations. “Western Canadians feel at home in Mazatlan. Colourful performance by the Sinaloa Folkloric BalletIt is a diversified destination with sun and sea; as well as fine arts such as ballet and theater.”

In addition to watching the ballet, guests met Mazatlan’s Mardi Gras queens who were dressed in full royal regalia. The queens’ appearance was a preamble to the traditional independence ceremony introduced by Francisco De la Vega, Secretary of Tourism of Sinaloa and led by Angel Villalobos, Consul General of Mexico in Vancouver.

Alice Wong, Member of Parliament for Richmond, spoke about the Mexican- Canadian community’s commitment to multi-culturalism. Guests sang the Canadian national anthem to acknowledge Mexico’s positive relationship with Canada.

About Mazatlan and Mexico’s Bicentennial Celebrations:

The Independence Gala Dinner is part of a series of Mexico Fest events that feature Mazatlan. Mazatlan is located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Founded in the 16th Century, Mazatlan possesses one of Mexico’s only seaside historic centers. One in every three travellers that visits Mazatlan is Canadian. The city, State Tourism Board, and the Mazatlan Hotel Association are thrilled to bring a part of Mazatlan to Vancouver as a preview to the winter season, when most Canadians flock south. For further information visit www.gomazatlan.com

Mexico Fest is organized by the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver with support from the Mexico Tourism Board and the Trade Commission.


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FROM GOLF TO FIESTAS, MEXICO CELEBRATES IN VANCOUVER FEATURING MAZATLAN

Sep 09, 2010 09:01 ET

FROM GOLF TO FIESTAS, MEXICO CELEBRATES IN VANCOUVER FEATURING MAZATLAN

Teeing Off At The Richmond Country Club Is One Way Mexico Celebrates Two Hundred Years of Independence With Lower Mainland Residents.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Sept. 9, 2010) – The Mexico Golf Tournament, held on September 8th, drew golfers from the Lower Mainland to celebrate the two hundred year anniversary of Mexico’s independence. The tournament featured the city of Mazatlan and treated participants to a warm day of golf, followed by cocktails and dinner.

The event drew Canadian business leaders with ties to Mexico; as well as travel industry executives from companies such as Westjet that was a main sponsor and Sunwing Vacations.

“Mazatlan is a destination that represents a different holiday style from traditional all-inclusive vacations. The city has revitalized its downtown core, and has a lot of adventure as well as culture, golf, tennis and deep-sea fishing,” said Graeme Frank, Director of Western Canada Sales for Sunwing.

Golfers experienced a glimpse of Mazatlan’s style through food, music and by meeting the Queens of Mazatlan’s Mardigras.  View photos of the event here.

Mike Walls of  HSBC won the tournament and trip to Mazatlan.

ABOUT MAZATLAN AND MEXICO’S BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS:

The Mexico Golf Tournament is one of a series of events that feature Mazatlan as part of Mexico Fest. One in every three travellers that visits Mazatlan is Canadian. The city, State Tourism Board, and the Mazatlan Hotel Association are thrilled to bring a part of Mazatlan to Vancouver as a preview to the winter season, when most Canadians flock south. www.gomazatlan.com

Mexico Fest is organized by the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver with support from the Mexico Tourism Board and the Trade Commission.