Thanks From Mazatlan

Mazatlan hosts 10th Annual Gran Fiesta Amigos de Mazatlan

By: Lisa Jennings

Mazatlan is scheduled to host the 10th Annual Gran Fiesta Amigos de Mazatlan event Nov. 4-7 honoring key travel partners, including wholesalers, tour operators, airlines and incentive companies.

Hosted by Mazatlan tourism officials, the Mazatlan Hotel Association and the state of Sinaloa, Fiesta Amigos will include a welcome dinner at the Hotel Playa Mazatlan; a celebration at the El Cid Castilla Resort; a brunch, beach party and award ceremony at the Pueblo Bonito Hotel at Emerald Bay in Nuevo Mazatlan; and a farewell dinner at the Hotel Inn at Mazatlan. Participants may also enter the annual Fiesta Amigos Golf Tournament, which will be held at the El Cid Golf & Country Club.

“In our tenth year, Fiesta Amigos provides Mazatlan the opportunity to show our gratitude to our industry friends who are so supportive of Mazatlan as a travel destination,” said Carlos Berdegue, vice president of the Mazatlan Hotel Association and tourism board. “Mazatlan is extremely thankful for these individuals who continuously strive to promote the unique destination of Mazatlan to travelers worldwide.”

Golden Deer Awards will be presented to airlines and tour operators that add flights to the destination. Among this year’s winners are Mexicana, which added flights from Mexico City and Monterrey; America West Airlines, for adding daily service from Los Angeles to Mazatlan; The Mark Travel Corp., for adding air service from Minneapolis and Salt Lake City; and Apple Vacations for being the top producer for Mazatlan hotels.

Known as “the land of the deer,” Mazatlan is Mexico’s second largest coastal city and an international sports-fishing destination. The city is divided into two main areas: “Old Mazatlan” includes the downtown and harbor areas with historical attractions, and the “Golden Zone” or Zona Dorada, which runs seven miles along a coastal road.

Attractions include the historic Angela Peralta Theater, the Archeological Museum, Republic Plaza, the Ocean Museum, the Botanic Garden, San Jose Chapel, and the world’s second-tallest lighthouse. The city can be toured by “pulmonias,” a four-person, open-air vehicle that has become the symbol of Mazatlan.