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Latin America’s Most Visited Destination, Mexico City, Continues to Attract International Travelers with New Hotels, Restaurants, Programs and Tours

Send by emailMEXICO CITY – July 25, 2013 – Increasingly on the global travelers’ radar for its history, culture, and gastronomy, Mexico City is set to experience an upswing in leisure travel this year, estimating more than 3 million international visitors and over 12 million in total. The lively metropolis has a continuous influx of new hotels and restaurants opening in popular areas such as Paseo de la Reforma, San Angel, Santa Fe, Centro Histórico and Polanco. This year, the Ministry of Tourism of Mexico City has focused on developing new integrated tourism products such as fun bicycle tours, gastronomy and religious attractions, among others. Below are the most recent tourism news and happenings from the destination.   ·         Appealing to international visitors is the new new Tax Back program (www.taxback.com.mx) where tourists who shop at qualifying stores can claim a refund of up to 16% before their departure right at the airport. Among the shopping centers that participate including Antara Polanco, Reforma 222, Paseo Interlomas, Alameda Park, Premium Outlets Punta Norte and Centro Santa Fe, to name a few.  ·         Hilton Hotels & Resorts recently announced that it will open Hilton Santa Fe Mexico City, slated for March 2014, which will feature 260 guestrooms, 8,000 square feet of meeting space, a signature restaurant, lobby lounge, a chic rooftop pool, bar and fitness center. The Hilton Santa Fe Mexico City will be part of the mix-use development Samara, which also includes corporate offices and a shopping center in its 3.8 million square feet.   ·         Le Méridien Mexico City, the 71st Starwood hotel in the region and the seventh in Mexico City, opened in March in the city’s financial and cultural district at Paseo de la Reforma 69. The property features 160 expansive, all-suite rooms that enjoy great city views. The hotel also has a fitness center, pool, and C’est la Vie – a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.   ·         Ideal for business travelers, the new Hotel Live Aqua Bosques Mexico City opened in the posh neighborhood of Bosque de Las Lomas last October, convenient to the Santa Fe business district. With 135 chic rooms and suites designed, Live Aqua Bosques focused on the senses with its feather beds, 400 thread-count sheets, and an in-room aromatherapy kit which allows guests to select their own scent scheme.     ·         Located in the exclusive Polanco District, JW Marriott Mexico City began a $30 million renovation to improve several areas including the elegant guest rooms, lobby, bar, state-of-the-art fitness center, onsite spa and new Mexican-inspired restaurant, Xanat. Scheduled to be completed in the fall, the makeover will preserve the modern architecture and traditional Mexican details, while enhancing its luxury offering of the award-winning, five-star property.   ·         Last June, the JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe opened in the upscale, business district of Santa Fe. Featuring subtle elegance with beautiful design, the 221-room hotel is an ideal choice for corporate travelers. The hotel has two restaurants including Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, serving Italian cuisine, and Cúa, which showcases an international menu with Mexican influences.   ·         Located in the Centro Historico, Limosneros is a new restaurant that blends a chic Mexican dining experience within a charming historic building. Its fresh approach offers authentic Mexican cuisine ingredients and dishes with elegant presentations and exquisite flavors. The menu brings back forgotten Mexican products and preparations, now with a touch of modernity. Popular items on the menu include deer tacos, tortilla soup with two chilies, as well as strawberries paired with authentic Mexican chocolate.   ·         Celebrated local chef, Margarita Salinas has opened Turtux, which means butterfly in Maya, but the food is multi-regional. The extensive menu presents several much-craved traditional plates as well as fun, unique dishes. Must-try options include sliced octopus cilantro, dried noodles and creamy mushrooms. Located in San Angel, the restaurant’s inviting alfresco seating is highly recommended.   ·         Restaurant Lincoln Polanco, located in the elite Polanco neighborhood, showcases an international menu with a touch of Spain. Its homemade dishes include foie gras, Lasagna Poblana, and black rice, among many others. Enjoying fantastic views of Clock Park, the restaurant’s beautifully decorated interior includes a main lounge overlooking the open kitchen, a bar, garden lounge, piano bar and open-air terrace.   ·         Also in Polanco is renowned chef Daniel Ovadia’s new French restaurant Mora Blanca. Inspired by its surroundings of European style homes built in the early 20th century, the venue is historic and elegant. Its menu compliments its setting with delicious French cuisine blended with Lebanese and Mexican flavors. Recommended dishes include pork sausage immersed in traditional brioche and red wine reduction, as well as oxtail presented with hazelnut paste and morel mushrooms. ·         New restaurant Mar del Zur, also in Polanco, showcases Mex-Thai cuisine with fresh seafood and meats that boast unique and intense flavor grilled the old fashion way. For those looking for something different, the octopus Carpaccio or coconut broth are light and delicious. With the great ambiance and décor, each seat in the house allows for a perfect view of the lively scene both inside and out.  ·         Popular restaurant Porfirios opened a second location in San Angel this past April, following the success of its venue in Polanco. Using only the best quality ingredients, Porfirios presents another option for authentic Mexican cuisine with a contemporary touch. With a wide selection of both Tequila and Mezcal, restaurant goers can consult with the restaurant’s ‘tequilaiers’ – or connoisseur – for the perfect food pairings.   ·         Through the recently launched Disfruta Ciudad de Mexico program, or Enjoy Mexico City, visitors can explore the city through a variety of tours available for national and international travelers. Popular experiences include food tours through neighborhoods such as the emerging Roma Condesa, the high-end Polanco area, as well as the charming Historic Center. Other unique options include bike-tours, mezcal tours and museum tours – appropriate for a city with more than 170 museums. To learn more about operators offering these excursions, visit: www.visitmexicocity.com.mx.  
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