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Is it Safe to Travel to Mexico?

5 Mar
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Island Isla Mujeres, Mexico

I was a bit puzzled when I read a few days ago the Texas Department of Public Safety once again advises vacationers to avoid traveling to Mexico for spring break. Although no formal advisory was issued this year, officials made it clear through media outlets that “the stance has not changed” and violence is still prevalent.

As I wrote around this time last year, we can’t deny that the drug-related terror and violence doesn’t exist. It does and it is tragic. However, I can still say, with 100 percent certainty, that I still feel safe in Mexico.

Even the U.S. State Department, in its latest Mexico traveling warning, gave the green light to tourists. From Cabo to Cancun, from San Miguel de Allende and Leon to Chichen Itza, the calm of Mexican culture awaits. Indecently, this last report broke down each region in Mexico, giving travelers a zoomed-in look at potential threats state-by-state. Regardless, State says that resort destinations are safe.

I have a client that takes his company’s President’s Club to Mexico every year. Overall, the service at some of the more luxurious Mexican resorts far surpasses that of the Bahamas and Caribbean. Mexico is beautiful, affordable, accessible, hassle-free and, most of all, safe.

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This City Became World Famous in 1978

30 Oct

What city did JR Ewing make famous in 1978? Guess correctly in the comments and I’ll send you a prize.

CLUE: Pictured below is  the Reunion Tower, the Hyatt Regency and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (background).

CLUE: The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was designed by  Santiago Calatrava. Construction began in 2007 and was completed in 2012.

CLUE: Although the observation deck is closed for renovation, locals and tourists alike enjoy the spectacular city views from a top of Reunion Tower at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. Happy Hour begins at 5:30 Mon – Thurs.

CLUE: Reunion Tower’s white globe was replaced in 2012 with thousands of multi-colored LED lights, each one hand placed around the top of the tower.

REVEAL: Dallas, Texas Congratulations to our winners! I should have another photo challenge the week of Nov. 12th.

Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Claim token: 8AP8VFMA3FS9

Name This Beach

24 Oct

Love beaches? Name the famous beach below for a prize. The first clue will come tomorrow.

Update: Well, no clues necessary because I got a winner. The photo is of Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.

Where is your favorite beach? 

Waikiki Beach - Hawaii

Waikiki Beach

Jackson Pollock Painting

9 Oct

New York City is home to many museums. What museum displays this Jackson Pollock painting? (The first person who guesses correctly in the comments wins a prize.)

CLUE: This NYC museum has roots in Paris, France. It was in 1866 when a small group of Americans decided to bring art and art education to the American people in the form of a national institution.

CLUE: Today, the Museum’s two-million-square-foot building houses over two million objects, tens of thousands of which are on view at any given time.

CLUE: In 1910, this NYC museum was the first public institution in the world to acquire a work of art by one, Henri Matisse.

CLUE: During the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2011, this museum welcomed 5.68 million visitors from around the world to the main building on Fifth Avenue and The Cloisters museum and gardens.

REVEAL: The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

This Jackson Pollock painting hangs in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Standout in Mexico

18 Sep

After a week off from Travel Tuesday photos, below is a pic showcasing one of my favorite cities in Mexico.  Guess the city and I’ll send you a gift.  It’s located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.  I’ll have more clues for you later this week.

Update: We got a winner! The photo below was taken in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  You might not know that San Miguel has been a beacon for foreign art students, especially former U.S. soldiers studying on the G.I. Bill after the Second World War.

The main attraction of the town is its well-preserved historic center, filled with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

This and the nearby Sanctuary of Atotonilco have been declared World Heritage Sites.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

A Renowned Architect

4 Sep

For today’s Travel Tuesday photo contest, we look at architecture.  What famous museum commissioned I.M. Pei to design the structure below.

I’ll post more clues throughout the week, but I’m sure most of you are very familiar with this museum.  For a bonus, what other notable buildings has I.M. Pei designed?

CLUE: Mona Lisa

CLUE: Cupid’s Kiss

REVEAL: Musée du Louvre

 

Musée du Louvre

A Change in Latitude Can Greatly Affect Attitude

2 Aug

Yes, nothing works like travel. Compared to group incentive travel, individual travel awards are different, highly motivational, dependable and affordable.  So what are the advantages of individual incentives?

  1. Award winners can choose their own travel destination.
  2. They can travel when it is most convenient for them based on their individual schedules, needs and/or responsibilities.
  3. You won’t have your top sales performers all out of the office at the same time.
  4. Individual travel awards are more popular with spouses/guests.
  5. These awards are priced substantially less than group incentive trips, based on the elimination of the on-site staffing, destination management company transfers and activities, and no group food & beverage events.

Create your own escape by choosing from hundreds of US and international cities and resort destinations…virtually an unlimited selection of recreational, entertainment and cultural activities.  I’m willing to bet I have a travel award tailored to your budget.

It’s not the thought that counts. It’s the award!