Expanding its Mexican investment, French-German-Spanish helicopter manufacturer, Eurocopter, opened a new, 12,000 square meter manufacturing plant in Queretaro. The plant will create approximately 200 specialized jobs by mid-2014, adding to their current 50 employee workforce. …
Built next door to Canadian manufacturer Bombardier, Eurocopter’s plant joins a long list of American and European aviation manufacturers who use the nearby aeronautical university to staff their respective factories. For Eurocopter, their $100 million plant is set to produce high-technology structural metallic components for both Airbus and their own Ecureil helicopters.
Despite this brand new investment, Eurocopter is not a new presence in Mexico, but rather has been a fixture in the country for over 30 years. In that time they have asserted 50% of the Mexican helicopter market, and host a fleet of over 450 helicopters operating across Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America, in addition to Mexico. So confident is the company in their continued success abroad that they plan to invest up to $550 million in Mexico over the next few years.
In a step away from dependence on fossil fuels, Mexico has approximately doubled their solar photovolataic (PV) market in the past year. Part of this increase is owed to the dropping costs of solar modules. …
Despite such an increase in the less than five year old market, however, the growth has been less than that of other countries due to the lack of government subsidies for the alternative energy source.
In recent news, one of the more extensive projects that was proposed involves the Spanish PV developer Isofotón who signed a memorandum of understanding with the Yucatan state government. This document will allow them to develop a 150MW PV facility in Mexico; ultimately helping the nation get one step closer to their goal of a 690MW PV power grid between 2016 and 2019.
Construction of the facility will begin in January of next year, will take about two years to complete, and will cost around $360 million.
Archaeologists recently announced that they unearthed a 418 pound, volcanic stone figure of the god Huehueteotl from inside a 15 foot deep covered pit at the top of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, just north of Mexico City. …
Fittingly, Huehueteotl is the god of fire and most frequently pictured as a bearded old man with a beaked nose and a crown of fire atop his head. Though it has yet to be confirmed, this finding indicates that ritual offerings were made to the god in a temple at the top of the pyramid.
How can there still be more to discover at the site after nearly 100 years of government archaeological work? The scientists have suspected that Leopoldo Batres, who restored the pyramid to the form seen today, covered the platform at the top of the pit without taking the time for proper excavation protocol.
While, representatives from the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History have declared the found objects are being examined, it has not been released whether they will be put on display for the public any time soon.
After producing 3 million cars this past year, Mexico became the eighth biggest auto producer in the world. Mexico achieved this coveted spot due to its prime geographic location for exporting to the Americas, its open trade policy, and its work force experience. …
Prior to now, Mexico built its economy around low-paying, labor-intensive industries. But, ten years ago when such industries fled to China and Central America in search of cheaper labor, Mexico endeavored to make a change. By expanding industries that required better-educated, better-paid workers, Mexico, in turn, boosted its middle class. The middle class now makes up almost a quarter of the country’s population.
Currently the outlook is positive, production numbers are expected to grow and an association with good quality and products. Yet, concerns lie in sustaining this economic growth. Despite having trade agreements with 44 countries, Mexico’s chief trading partner is the U.S. This reliance puts Mexico in a precarious position should the U.S. pull back on its imports.
Located in the lush, tropical haven of the Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum is an ideal luxury oasis for well-to-do bohemians and sun-bathers alike. The eclectic crowd is a far cry from the neighboring towns of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, which are more popular destinations for the college co-ed set. …
If a “grown-up” spring break is on your to-do list, then Tulum is the place to experience it all – by land and by sea. Only a ten minute drive from the seaside, the town of Tulum, population 30,000, is in the same vein as many Latin American towns. Shops, hotels, and restaurants housed in pueblos surround the town square. Despite such close proximity to the beach, hotel rooms and restaurants are less expensive than those nearer to the sandy shores, but of just as high quality.
In terms of culture, Tulum has few, but distinct offerings. Only a stone’s throw from the town, vacationers can snorkel around “cenotes”, underwater caves located within the network of rivers under the peninsula. A “dryer” option for visitors includes exploring the scenic Mayan ruins. Located atop seaside cliffs, visitors can get a feel for a culture that existed uninterrupted for centuries before Spanish colonization.
Like many other Mexican resort towns, Tulum’s beach is dotted with cabanas, boutique hotels, restaurants, etc. But, what makes Tulum quainter is the lack of high-rise hotels and heavy development found in such places as Cancun.
Cancun may be the nearest airport, but at 145 km away, Tulum is truly a hidden gem.
American exports are on the rise and the U.S. has Mexico to thank for it. During the time when the American economy struggled to rebuild itself and its other trading partners from around the world decreased their imports by five percent or more, Mexico continued to stay true. By the end of November… 2012, Mexican-based companies and American multinationals in Mexico imported $199.9 billion worth of goods and services.
There may still be a trade deficit between the U.S. and Mexico, but reevaluating the trade balance between China and other U.S. trading partners has served the Mexican economy well. Increases in production investments and American imports by American companies and Mexican multinationals will help bolster positive economic growth for Mexico.
To put these statistics into perspective, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Mexico, in 2011 American exports to Mexico added up to 13.4 percent of total U.S. exports that year.
The Globe International alliance of lawmakers met in London on January 13-14 to discuss the roles and contributions of governments in a worldwide effort to suppress global warming.
18 out of 33 countries reported “significant” progress in a 2012 study of energy and climate laws; several of which are considered emerging economies. Mexico, China, South Korea, and India have all passed laws or created programs aimed at lowering CO2 emissions and preventing climate change.
Not everyone was given a gold star though as the report showed Germany, the UK, France, and Italy were among a group of countries that made no substantive change, while Canada went so far as to perform worse than recent years.
The Globe alliance hopes that encouragement to pass laws within these countries individually will create a clearer pathway for UN treaty talks and the implementation of a plan to lower emissions by 2015. To do this, the alliance pledged support in the form of political, analytical, and administrative aid for the next three years to the lawmakers who participated in London.
Corporations and associations around the world continue growing the number of small, medium and very large meetings organized in Mexico. Mexico has recently secured about 300 events with global corporations such as Microsoft, Nike and Sony Corporation to host their company meetings in Mexico. And among associations, Mexico has… recently won the bid for hosting the World Emergency Medicine Congress which is expected to host about 8,000 people coming from all around the world in Mexico City, and the Ophthalmology World Congress expected to have 8,000 attendees in Guadalajara in 2014.
As specific industries boom in Mexico, more companies and associations are also looking to organize their meetings in that North American country. For example, Queretaro is among the top booming cities around the world within the aerospace industry, so many of the companies that have a presence in that area are also organizing their internal and client meetings in that city. Something similar is happening with the Mexican automotive industry where Honda, Toyota, Audi, and Volkswagen, to name a few, are already organizing Mexico-based events given their local investments.
“In the Americas, Mexico is ranked #5 top meetings and conventions destination only followed by Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Vancouver, according to the International Congress and Conventions Association – ICAA,” said Carlos Collado, executive director at the Congress and Conventions Bureau in Mexico City.
Carlos Iván Pérez Marrufo, executive director of ProEventos managing two convention centers in Campeche added, “We are already having important events [in Campeche, Mexico]. People abroad are already seeing Mexico as a destination that offers the venues, the culture, the professionalism, and the enthusiasm and energy to lead these types of efforts.”
Meetings Industry Contributes to Local Economic Development
Mexico’s meetings and conventions industry is not just about the unique experience it brings to attendees. Among the key factors that Mexico seeks in promoting the industry is to look for local economic development for each market destination. In Queretaro, for example, a new convention center was recently opened in response to the increasing demand of aerospace organizations looking for convenient venues to host their events.
Mexico has from small corporate retreats to huge summits or American or world association congresses. Mexico has everything for everyone in a very affordable way. Mexico is very well connected to the world as there are lots of direct flights not only to the main hubs as Mexico City and Cancun, but also to a lot of small or medium sized destinations.
North American PCMA Advisory Members Talk Mexico
In a recent Mazatlan-based event, dozens of North American meetings industry leaders gathered to share best practices with their Mexican peers. Watch a series of exclusive MexicoToday interviews where these leaders share their stories while in Mazatlan last November:
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Starting in the second quarter, Nissan Motor Company, the largest automaker in Mexico, will begin domestic production and export of its Note subcompact car. While Nissan plans to continue production of the Note in their plants located in China, India, and Thailand, export of the Mexican-made Notes will be… throughout the Americas.
This will be the third model produced at the factory in Aguascalientes for Nissan, who produced over 683,000 vehicles last year, and solidifies Mexico’s position as a positive environment for auto production. An environment made possible by cheaper labor, logistics, and free trade agreements, according to some analysts.
Since 2009, Mexico has doubled their auto output and exports thanks in part to economic recovery in the United States as well as investments from foreign automakers. Mazda Motor Corp, Honda Motor Corp, and Audi are all in the process of opening factories of their own, but will have to fight hard to shrink Nissan’s 25 percent local market share.
This spring, Mexico will be hosting third round of the World Rally Championship as the first gravel event. The WRC consists of 13 3-day events held in various countries such as Australia, Spain, Finland and France. Mexico will be holding the competition March 7th to March 10th and will have 23 stages that will… span over a distance of 397 kilometers.
Their Guanajuato stage will be the longest of the rally at 54.9 kilometers. The new tests are the SS2 Parque Bicentenario and the El Chocolate. The test through Guanajuato’s Bicentennial Park was built through the cities of Guanajuato, Leon and Silao 2 years ago to celebrate 200 years of Mexican independence. The El Chocolate test is the newest at 31 kilometers with some of the best views of the entire rally. On the last day of the rally a 5km footrace will be held called the “Carrera Atletica Rally Guanajuato Mexico” a few hours before the SS23 Super Special Stage 5.
The Rally Guanajuato Mexico will kick off with the new and tough Shakedown/Qualifying Stage in Llano Grande on March 7th. Tickets to the rally are available via the website. The rally, with beautiful scenery in the mountains surrounding the cities of Leon, Silao, Irapuatio and Guanajuato, is an extremely popular attraction usually placing within the Top 5 rallies of the world.
Regardless which team reigns supreme at the Super Bowl, you can be sure that Mexico’s avocados will dominate party festivities. As fans cheer on both teams, there is a good chance they might be munching on guacamole made from these avocados. …
“Mexico, by far is the largest supplier of avocados for the Super Bowl,” said Phil Henry, president of Henry Avocado Corp. In fact, there has been a dramatic increase in the Mexican product and a decrease in Chilean product for the Super Bowl.
So, just how many avocados does Mexico ship to the United States? Well, APEAM marketing director, Eduardo Serena, projects about 986 million pounds for 2012-13. That’s a lot of guacamole to go around.
In order to keep up production for international demands, specialists from the Institute for Forestry, Agriculture, and Livestock (INIFAP) are conducting a research to implement strategies for avocado sustainability. This research highlights the fundamental role of forests and other environmental resources in generating water supply and soil conservation. These efforts will help secure avocado flows for many more Super Bowls to come.
On February 3, teams on both coasts – the 49ers and Ravens – will battle it out for the title of NFL champion, but it seems the real winner of Super Bowl XLVII is the Mexican avocado.
Nestled between canyons and peaks in the state of Hidalgo, lies the town of Real del Monte. At an altitude of 8,900 ft, making the weather cool and the air crisp, it is one of the highest inhabited places in Mexico. Real del Monte is popular place for vacation homes, as it resides near… the capital city of Hidalgo, Pachuca.
The town breathes an air of colonial architecture rooting from its history as a famous mining town. Mining started after the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, was later abandoned, and then reopened in the late 1730s. The town hit a peak in the industry in 1824 when an English company started to operate the mines. The English company was a Cornish firm, who certainly left their mark on the town from the high slopping roofs to the “pastes” which are baked in the town and surrounding areas. If you really fall in love with the pastes, you can attend the International Paste Festival held by Real del Monte every October.
If you can’t make it in October, there are still plenty of attractions to catch all year round in Real del Monte. Churches, such as the Nuestra Señora de Belen parish and Guadalupe Church, each have their own historical attributes. The Nuestra Senora de Belen parish contains a Christ effigy that was brought from Spain 500 years ago, while Guadalupe was built in the mid 18th century just as a new cemetery had to added due to a widespread epidemic.
For something a bit more adventurous, you can visit old mines, such as Mina de Acosta, where you can take an underground tour. The Museo de Medicina Laboral is a former hospital you can visit that used to care for injured or sick miners where you can now view the medical paraphernalia used. Another attraction is the Cactus Museum where over 60 species of cacti are exhibited.
Real del Monte boasts treasurers from another era from the old mines, to the 18th century building and the red-tile roofs. The town is alive with the memory of the English, even earning the nickname “Mexico’s little Cornwall” from the Mexican Embassy in London.
The Pueblos Magicos program identifies towns that reflect “the culture of Mexico” through attributes like architecture, traditions, customs, music, gastronomy, festivities and handcrafts. There are currently 52 destinations throughout Mexico that have earned the Pueblos Magicos classification.
On January 15-20, 2013, Mexican rally racer and MexicoToday Brand Ambassador Ricardo Triviño will be the only Americas rally driver to participate at the upcoming Monte Carlo Rally in Monaco which is considered the most difficult rally in the world. His participation in this prestigious event is how he will kick off the… World Rally Championship (WRC) 2013 season worldwide.
The WRC FIA-NACAM 2012 champion Triviño, who is also featured together with co-pilot Alex Haro in the newly launched WRC3 videogame, will be among the very few participants willing to challenge those tough tracks following five intense days of driving in the highest mountains and elevations in Europe.
The Monte Carlo tracks are very tough as drivers will need to manage racing with snow and ice on the asphalt tracks using studded tires. For drivers to be successful on those tracks they need to have the lead with expertise and highly focused.
The latest figures from national power company CFE show that wind power in Mexico sent a record 282GWh to the grid in November, which is up 233% from the 84.5 GWh in the year-ago month. Mexico follows Brazil in the Latin American region with about 6.6 GW of installed capacity by 2025. …
The Mexican Wind Energy Association projects the country’s wind power potential to be around 30 GW.
The region best suited for wind development is the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca. GWEC estimates that 10 GW of wind energy could be developed in the region, despite challenging wind and seismic conditions. Currently, 1.9 GW is under construction in Mexico and scheduled to come online by 2015.
Investment in wind power increased 68% between 2010 and 2011 and in 2012, Mexico’s installed capacity of wind power reached 1 GW, 2% of the national energy installed capacity, compared to the 519 MW of 2010. The wind sector is expected to duplicate by 2013 which in turn will generate between 30 thousand to 100 thousand jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 10%.
According to Mauricio Trujillo, Project Manager in Latin America of the Global Wind Energy Council, at today Mexico’s wind power sector is at the point where the Asian wind power sector was five years ago. This implies that Mexico is at the start of a very steep growth curve and can expect great advancements in the coming years.
As the Christmas holiday comes to an end, one must not forget the fun celebration of Three Kings Day (Día de los Reyes) because it is the perfect way to finish up the holiday season. Celebrated on January 6, the festive occasion is filled with great food, lots of presents, carolers, and quality… time with loved ones. This particular holiday is especially joyful for children because they are involved in the taking down and raiding of the tree which happens to be filled with sweets and chocolate ornaments wrapped in foil.
Traditionally, on the night before Three Kings day, each child puts out a pair of their shoes so that when the Three Kings arrive they will know how many presents to leave. Each child receives one present and opens their gift on this holiday rather than on Christmas day.
A few of the culinary traditions that one has to look forward to are tamales, hot chocolate and king’s cake (rosca del reyes). King’s cake is sweet bread in the shape of a circle, symbolizing a king’s crown. Baked somewhere inside the cake is a small plastic figurine and whoever ends up with the figurine when the cake is cut is responsible for hosting the next holiday, Candlemas (la Candelaria) on February 2.