Within the framework of the Expo Attractions of the IAAPA, the largest international fair of the entertainment industry, Xcaret Park, Cancun and the Riviera Maya, received on Tuesday November 13th the “Liseberg Applause Award”, which is delivered every two years to the park of Attractions whose management, operations and creative achievements have inspired the industry with its foresight, originality and solid business development.
“With an original and creative vision, Xcaret has developed one of the most authentic and unique parks destinations in the world. The Park balances world-class experiences, based on native culture and natural attractions, with sustainable operations and a strong commitment to the local community, “said Andreas Andersen.
In the entertainment industry the “Applause Award” is considered the “Oscar” of the parks in the world. It Is an international award given by Liseberg, a world-famous theme park in Gothenburg, Sweden, which, based on an assessment of the world’s best parks, recognizes the highlights based on the views of industry representatives , adhered to the IAAPA. Other finalists were the PortAventura World, of Spain, and the Universal Studios of Japan.
Upon receiving this recognition, the President of Grupo Xcaret Experiences, Miguel Quintana Pali, said that it is a distinction that the flagship park of that business group has been recognized by the entertainment industry. He Said that he is proud of it, because Xcaret has always been a driving force for the nature and culture of Mexico, and that he shares this achievement with his partners, collaborators, with Mexico and his family.
Within the criteria evaluated, the forecast is shown in the ability to forecast and plan future trends, along with a history of success in the introduction of new attractions, shows, accommodation or marketing activities in The market. It Also qualifies the originality in landscaping, as well as the creativity in the design and selection of attractions, shows and accommodation.
Another criterion is the development of business with management practices and human resources, marketing and brand position in the market, operating systems, profitability and long-term growth, as well as a sustainable pattern of repeated visitors for several years.
Xcaret’s significant Achievements
Since its opening in 1990, Xcaret has developed its own model of tourism recreation, inspired by Mexico, its nature and its culture. It Has received almost 25 million visitors, offering unique tourist experiences. Xcaret is a symbol of excellence, innovation, sustainability, business ethics and love for Mexico. Some of his most important achievements are:
He Recovered the Ball Game, a pre-Hispanic tradition that had fallen into disuse. Today It is not only played in Xcaret, but in many Mayan communities of the Yucatan Peninsula and Central America.
He Signed a historical agreement with the INAH that allowed to restore the archaeological site of Xcaret and to consolidate the research on this relevant Mayan culture website.
He Recovered the Sacred Mayan Voyage, a pre-Hispanic tradition that stopped practicing for more than 500 years and today is a pride of Quintana Roo and its inhabitants.
He Designed and staged the most important Mexico representative show in the world, with more than 19 million spectators.
He Created the world’s first live coral aquarium, developed by Mexican specialists. With significant advances in marine life research, it has achieved the reproduction of endangered coral species and has opened the possibility of recovering reef ecosystems.
It Increased by 97% The population of red Macaw in wild life in the jungles of Mexico, an achievement out of the series because it is an endangered species.
It promoted Mexico’s most important marine turtle conservation Program, helping more than 13 million of young people to reach the sea.
He Was The first private company in Quintana Roo to offer an environmental education program to public school students.
The Day of the Dead Was revived with all its traditions and inaugurated the regional pantheon of the Yucatan Peninsula more than 13 years ago.
It Enabled three underground rivers so that the visitors could know the wonderful subsoil that characterizes this region of the country. It Was established as the main Embassy of Mexico in the world.
It Is The main promoter of the flora, fauna and culture of the Southeastern region of Mexico.
He Laid the foundations for sustainable tourism recreation in Mexico, with the Ulysses recognition of the World Tourism Organization.
Amealco de Bonfil, a Magical Town with warm and friendly people
Amealco de Bonfil is a municipality belonging to the state of Queretaro located at the southern end of the entity; This place is a safeguard of the indigenous identity Otomi who is now awarded the appointment of Magical People.
Enrique de la Madrid who is the secretary of Tourism was in charge of announcing that Amealco de Bonfil is added to the list of the 111 existing magical villages, adding now 121 which are located throughout our country. The Secretary noted that this program strengthens and promotes the local economy, as well as preserving its identity and traditions.
I knew Amealco, so the appointment by the Secretary of tourism filled me with joy because this town is a beautiful place that enjoys an incredible vegetation which you can appreciate all the way. It takes Me an hour to arrive and this time I’ll talk about this now named Magical Town which I’m sure will come out with a smile and desire to return soon.
In Amealco You will find delicious food, a cozy atmosphere, but especially warm and friendly people who always have a smile for their visitors. My tour begins in the main square where they can locate the tourist information post. They Will provide a map where they will tell you the attractions of the region. Amealco has parks like Cerro del Gallo where you can take a walk in the open air; The waterfalls of La Concepción are also an option to get out of the rut and look for a camping area to spend the night surrounded by forest away from the noise of the city.
Continuous at the Doll Museum located in one of the corners of the main square; In this place you will find a collection with more than 500 pieces of dolls made by artisans; It is amazing to enter and see the variety with which they count; Its colors, changing rooms, ornaments and sizes make this museum a colorful place.
Finishing the tour attached to the museum, there is a handicrafts shop where you can find all kinds of details elaborated by artisans from the region. There Are Typical costumes, woven keyrings, embroidered tablecloths and clay handicrafts. Remind Me that next November 16th begins the Festival of handmade dolls so we have a date to return.
I take a little walk in the main square where I enjoy a traditional snow while I admire the architecture. The Parish of Santa Maria is located in the same square and dates from the early TWENTIETH century. On The 8th of December is celebrated its feast dedicated to The Immaculate Conception: A beautiful construction with details of Pink quarry which is a delight to observe; Located on the side of the parish is the municipal palace and around the plaza its portals where you can find restaurants, bars, local businesses, Pulquerías and the handicrafts passage.
My TIP is to visit the Bakery Vicky who I fall in love with their varieties of sweet bread and its delicious aroma.
Amealco is also known for the traditional Tuesday of Mole, a small tradition that was born when the tenants closed their business on this day to rest. This way someone thought it would be a good idea to sell mole that day, which became a success; Since then families began to open their doors on Tuesdays to offer their mole.
Mole Lulu is an expert in this delicious dish, it is she who welcomes, serves you and tells a good story to accompany the food. He greets Me with great kindness, always smiling, saying “Wipe I serve him.” The atmosphere is totally familiar, you can see the whole family come and go with pots, serving diners, throwing tortillas and sharing with everyone; It’s like being home.
The first thing you will be offered in a small broth with very hot rice to open appetite. The Mole served is black with either chicken or turkey, accompanied by a delicious homemade rice, beans and handmade tortillas. I Am literal in the glory because the season of Doña Lulu is delicious and the phrase “To suck your fingers” is a rule in this place.
Always smiling walks between the tables asking if everything is fine, if it serves a little more and talking. He tells Me that his second anniversary is coming and although his family has sold mole since his grandmother’s time, it was until two years ago that they have dedicated to open Tuesdays without fail and to make it a family tradition because as she says “Thank God people like My mole, “and how not Mrs. Lulu, who with her seasoning and kindness does not want to leave.
Amealco has well earned his title of magical people and is that everything is enjoyed here; Whether it’s a Tuesday morning to eat mole or a couple of days in the tranquility of this place Amealco you fall in love from the moment you arrive. I invite you to know this beautiful Magical Town, that talk with your people, try the delicious mole of “Doña Lulu” and take a souvenir of these masters artisans as Amealco is a place to feel “Like at home.”