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April 19, 2011 08:00 ET

"Uniting Nations Cup" Golf Tournament Set to Debut May 12 - 15 at Mayan Palace Peninsula de Cortez Course

Teams From PGA Mexico and Southwest PGA Section to Compete in Newly-Established US-Mexico International Golf Tournament to Be Held Annually in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

PUERTO PENASCO, MEXICO--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2011) - Vidanta Golf, the largest golf course operator in Mexico and subsidiary of Grupo Vidanta, debuts the Uniting Nations Cup golf tournament on the Peninsula de Cortez golf course, a Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II co-design at the Mayan Palace resort in Puerto Peñasco. The Uniting Nations Cup will be held on May 12 to 15, 2011 and is scheduled to take place annually at the Mayan Palace for the next five years.

The Uniting Nations Cup will consist of teams competing from PGA Mexico and Southwest Section PGA with the participation of approximately 100 golfers, 20 of which will be professionals (10 Mexican and 10 from the U.S.), along with 40 high caliber amateurs from each country to level the playing field and ensure competitive yet exciting playoffs. There are approximately only 15 events of this type currently in Mexico, including destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, Puebla, Torreón, Merida and central Mexico, among other areas throughout the country.

The concept of the Uniting Nations Cup (Copa Uniendo Naciones) is to highlight the alliance between the United States and Mexico beyond their commercial and cultural ties, while attempting to one day achieve the international reputation of a tournament similar to the legendary Ryder Cup. Another objective the Uniting Nations Cup sets out to accomplish is the expansion and promotion of the little-known Mexican port destination of Puerto Peñasco.

The world-class Nicklaus Design golf course at Mayan Palace Puerto Peñasco, in the words of Javier Licea, Executive Director of the PGA in Mexico, "is in excellent condition and is a course that is challenging and ready for the pros to fully enjoy. It is indisputably among the best courses in Mexico, done by the grand designer of golf courses himself, Jack Nicklaus. The course encompasses his trademark style of enhancing the natural environment that is both challenging and enjoyable."

"We are proud and excited to unveil a tournament that will not only unite golfers but hopefully two nations," says Jesus Torres, Director of Vidanta Golf. "Our strategic plan is to lift the tournament's profile in each subsequent year. We have high hopes that the Uniting Nations Cup tournament will be entrenched in the future as one of the most desirable events in the region."

Learn more about Vidanta Golf at http://www.vidantagolf.com.

About Grupo Vidanta

Founded by Daniel Chavez Moran in 1974, Grupo Vidanta has evolved for more than 35 years into one of Mexico's leading developers of hotels and resorts, golf courses, vacation ownership, and tourism infrastructure, including Mexico's first privately built and owned international airport at Puerto Penasco. For American travelers, Grupo Vidanta offers a choice of full-service luxury beach resorts in Mexico's finest beaches, under the Grand Luxxe, Ocean Breeze, Sea Garden, Mayan Palace and Grand Mayan brands. In the near future, new hospitality brands will include Bliss, Grand Bliss and Mansions of the World. Grupo Vidanta's Mayan Island has built and sold more than 2,000 second homes. For further information see www.grupovidanta.com.

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