By Suzanne Barbezat
Mexico Today is a new project launched by the Mexican government which is designed to promote Mexico as a tourist destination and global business partner. As part of this program, 24 "Mexico Today Ambassadors" have been selected to write about their experiences and viewpoints on a few key aspects of Mexico including culture, travel, sustainability, economy, security, health, and infrastructure. The Ambassadors are writers and bloggers with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, but who all share a passion for Mexico. The contributions from this team of writers will appear on the Mexico Today website as well as on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
I'm pleased to announce that I've been chosen to participate in this project as a Mexico Today Contributor. I see this project as a way to unite and amplify the voices of those of us who were already sharing positive stories about Mexico and our experiences here, and we will be encouraging others to do the same. It seems there's a fundamental disconnect between what people here on the ground living and traveling in Mexico are experiencing and the image of Mexico presented by the media. None of us will deny that Mexico has its problems, but those problems do not in any way preclude safely and enjoyably living, traveling and doing business in Mexico. The Mexico Today program was inaugurated at a kick-off event that took place from June 23 to 26 in Oaxaca . At that event the Mexico Today Ambassadors got a chance to meet one another, learn more about the goals of the project and our roles in it, as well as having the opportunity to experience some of the many delights Oaxaca has to offer. We were treated to very comfortable accommodations at the Camino Real Oaxaca , we saw a presentation of the Guelaguetza , we sampled Oaxacan food , enjoyed a mezcal  tasting, and participated in a calenda . Since I live in Oaxaca, none of this was new to me, but I was very happy that my colleagues, some of whom were visiting Oaxaca for the first time, were able to experience them first hand. I'm honored and delighted to be a part of this project which promotes the positive aspects of Mexico, and to join forces with so many excellent writers and enthusiastic Mexico proponents. To learn more about Mexico Today please visit Mexico Today on Facebook ,Twitter  and the Mexico Today website . Full disclosure: My role as a Mexico Today Contributor is a compensated position, and I was treated to an all expenses paid stay at the Camino Real Oaxaca for the kick-off event, but the thoughts and opinions I express are my own, and my love of Mexico comes straight from the heart. The content that I produce for Mexico Today will be different from the articles I post here on the About.com Mexico Travel site, so I hope you will continue to read my contributions both here and on Mexico Today. Connect with me on Twitter  and on Facebook .