Mazatlan Tourism Trust

Mazatlan Tourism Trust

August 04, 2011 09:00 ET

Mazatlan Sets Stage for 2011 Gran Fiesta Amigos, Oct. 31-Nov. 3

The 17th annual celebration will welcome travel partners, media and friends as it spotlights authentic culture, cuisine and new cosmopolitan flair

MAZATLAN, MEXICO--(Marketwire - Aug. 4, 2011) - Mexico's colonial city on the beach will kick off the Fall travel season in grand style with its 2011 Gran Fiesta Amigos celebration, taking place Oct. 31 – Nov. 3. This "Big Festival of Friends" promises a vibrant welcome for honored travel partners - including the wholesalers, tour operators, airlines, incentive companies, journalists, tourism dignitaries and friends of Mazatlan who continue to support the ongoing growth of this seaside destination. This year, organizers work to increase Canadian participation.

The number of Canadian visitors to Mazatlan has increased an average of 15% each year for the past several years. In fact, Canadian Ambassador Guillermo E. Rishchynski recently inaugurated a new consular office meant to accommodate the growing number of Canadians in the area. During the same visit, in recognition of Canada's importance to Mazatlan's tourism industry, the Ambassador received a key to the city.

"Mazatlan's rich culture and unrivalled hospitality sets our city apart from other destinations," says Carlos Berdegue, vice president, Mazatlan Hotel Association and Tourism Trust. "Visitors here enjoy beautiful weather and Pacific Coast sunsets alongside a lively historic center, renowned cuisine and premier resorts. There's also top-ranked spas, championship golf and year-round events. We are committed to showcasing the many sides of Mazatlan and look forward to making 2011 Fiesta Amigos the best ever."

The 17th annual Gran Fiesta Amigos is presented by the City, the Mazatlan Hotel Association and the State of Sinaloa. Among the highlights:

  • Arts and Culture – The neoclassical Angela Peralta Theater and Plaza Machado will host dinners and performances by internationally acclaimed artists. Visit ornate Day of the Dead altars, and enjoy walking tours of Old Mazatlan.
  • Scenic Excursions –Tours of picturesque Colonial towns located in the Sierra Madre foothills such as Copala, El Quelite and La Noria. Visitors can savor regional cuisine, visit local artisans, and explore 17th-century artwork and historic sites dating back to the 1500s.
  • Outdoor Recreation Recognized worldwide as a first-class fishing destination, Mazatlan hooks anglers in pursuit of big game like sailfish, marlin and tuna that teem in the waters just offshore. Fiesta Amigos will also offer tee times at world-class courses, including El Cid Golf & Country Club's Lee Trevino championship course; Estrella Del Mar, a Robert Trent Jones design, and the new Marina Mazatlan Golf Course designed by David Fleming. Other outdoor excursions include kayaking and zip-lining.
  • Cosmopolitan Resort Amenities Mazatlan's cosmopolitan resorts and award-winning restaurants host dinner galas, cocktail receptions, as well as vibrant entertainment and nightlife.
  • Professional Development The destination's state-of-the-art Mazatlan International Center hosts a full schedule of business events for travel partners. On November 1, a keynote breakfast presentation will spotlight distinguished travel industry guests.

About Mazatlan:

Mazatlan is located on Mexico's Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Founded in the 16th Century, Mazatlan is Mexico's colonial city on the beach. The city is divided into three main areas: Old Mazatlan, Zona Dorada or Golden Zone, and Nuevo Mazatlan. One in every three travelers that visits Mazatlan is Canadian.

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