'Cancun in Lights' This November

Lisa Jennings The Cancun Hotel Association has joined with the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau (Cancun Fideicomiso) to launch a new extravaganza of music, fashion, film and food called “Cancun in Lights.” Scheduled for Nov. 25-28, Cancun in Lights will include a series of events, including a fash

By: Lisa Jennings

The Cancun Hotel Association has joined with the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau (Cancun Fideicomiso) to launch a new extravaganza of music, fashion, film and food called “Cancun in Lights.”

Scheduled for Nov. 25-28, Cancun in Lights will include a series of events, including a fashion show with runway models produced in conjunction with Fashion Television, which will broadcast the show. Through the weekend, concerts, film screenings and food tastings will also be scheduled, and the festival will close with a series of private VIP after-parties.

The goal is to highlight the destination’s lesser-known attractions, such as restaurants and entertainment venues that have international appeal throughout the U.S., Europe and South America. But the focal point of the festival will be the Hilton Cancun Beach & Golf Resort, where much of the entertainment will be staged on the beach under the stars.

Performers scheduled to appear include Grammy Award winners Chaka Khan and Poncho Sanchez, “New Yorican” jazz and urban funk musician Little Louie Vega, Cuban salsa diva Albita and the Venezuelan salsa/jazz/lounge band Los Amigos Invisibles. More entertainment will be announced closer to the event.

Surrounding the various venues will be food stations offering tastes of the best restaurants in Cancun. The lighting and ambiance will vary each night to offer a new visual experience.

This will be the first in what organizers describe as a series of special promotional events that will be held in Cancun this year and into 2005. The city has seen a dramatic upswing in tourism. The Tourism Secretariat of Quintana Roo announced recently that Cancun was the most visited destination of the Mexican Caribbean during the first half of 2004. More than 1.7 million national and international visitors were reported to have visited Cancun, a 12 percent increase over the same period last year.

Details about specific events are available at the festival’s Web site. About 5,000 general admission tickets will be available each day for $25 per night. One hundred VIP tables will also be available for sponsors each night. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster beginning Oct. 15.

www.cancuninlights.com

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