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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Former Mexico Tourism CEO to Head WTTC

London-based global tourism organization, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), has appointed Gloria Guevara Manzo as its new president and CEO.

Guevara, who served as Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism as well as the CEO of the Mexican Tourism Board from 2010 to 2012, becomes the fourth CEO—and the first woman—to head the WTTC since its founding in 1991.

Currently, she is a special advisor on government affairs for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard’s School of Public Health.

The WTTC, a membership-based organization, includes more than 150 CEOs from top hospitality companies around the world. Primarily, it strives to use fact-based evidence to ensure that government bodies understand the importance of travel and tourism as a leading economic driver.

 

Backstreet Boys Live in Concert

The best-selling boy band in history is taking over Moon Palace Arena in Cancun on December 29, 2017.

In their first international show since their Las Vegas residency, “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life,” the group will perform for 7,000 fans at the Moon Palace Cancun. Their top smash hits include “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart),” “As Long As You Love Me,” “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” and “All I Have to Give.” The audience can expect an evening of pure pop magic.

Pricing for Backstreet Boys ranges from USD $89–USD $459. Concert tickets will be available for purchase for Palace Resorts guests starting June 26, 2017.

Cruise News

How Grover Cleveland Ruined American Cruising

These days anyone can hop on a cruise from Miami to Cuba. However, if you try to board a ship from Miami to Key West, New York, or Charleston, Grover Cleveland will stop you.

In 1886, President Cleveland tried to protect American jobs by signing the Passenger Vessel Services Act, which permits only US-flagged vessels to carry travelers between US ports, such as San Diego and Seattle, or New York and Miami.

How does a ship get a US flag? To qualify, the ship must be made at a US shipbuilding facility, owned by an American company, and staffed by an American crew. What Cleveland and his Congress obviously did not foresee was that, by the late twentieth century, nearly every cruise ship sailing in US waters would be built abroad.

In 2001, powerful Southern senators arranged for US taxpayers to subsidize a shipyard in Mississippi so it could build a cruise vessel. It tried and it failed. Within a year, a bungled, half-completed hull was declared “unfloatable” and was towed across the Atlantic to be completed in Germany for Norwegian Cruise Lines.

With that one exception, for the last 50 years American shipbuilders have not riveted together a single cruise ship that fulfills the requirements set forth in 1886.

Often cruise ships simply skip US ports altogether. Most cruises to Alaska depart from Vancouver, skipping Seattle. Many cruises to Hawaii depart from Ensenada rather than San Diego.

So the PVSA does not just crimp your travel plans; contrary to Cleveland’s intentions, it costs US jobs.

Without the PVSA, dozens more cruises would depart daily from US cities, such as New York and Seattle, and the hundreds of millions of dollars generated from those voyages would stay within the US economy, providing thousands of portside jobs—longshoremen loading cargo, bellhops, tour guides, taxi drivers, and local farmers supplying fruits and vegetables for those all-you-can-eat buffets. In addition, each stop would generate revenue for US cities in port fees as well as local and state taxes.

Whom does the PVSA protect? Not Americans. Instead, Canada and Mexico should send thanks to that Congress of 1886. The cruise docks of San Diego sit vacant 90 percent of the year. Meanwhile, 80 miles south, Ensenada receives more than three times as many passengers as San Diego, and many more than New York, New Orleans, and Boston.

Vancouver hosts three times as many sailings as Seattle. Since cruising generates an estimated US$3.2 billion for Canada’s ports, it is no surprise that the Canadian government lobbies to preserve the PVSA.

We now have a president who says he wants to put America first. One easy way for President Trump to make good on that pledge is to repeal the Passenger Vessel Services Act, which helps no passengers, provides no valuable services, and acts to kill job opportunities—from sea to shining sea.

 

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.”—Yogi Berra, baseball player and manager.

 

Deal of the Week

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Danube Discovery, 8-days Nuremberg to Budapest. Departures: Oct 25, 2017, Nuremberg to Budapest. Pricing from USD $2,285 pp. October 25, 2017, Budapest to Nuremberg. Pricing from USD $3,200 pp.

Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She designs journeys that are tailored to suit your interests, abilities and budget. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949 300 3682; email judynewell@perfectjourneys.net. Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, Car. a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website perfectjourneys.net.

 

Sources: Travel Pulse Daily, Palace Resorts, Los Angeles Times, Scenic Luxury Tours and Cruises

 

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