Mexico will play Trinidad and Tobago on July 20 at 6:35 pm Eastern Time at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in the second quarterfinal match of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The match will be televised live in the United States on Fox Soccer.

Mexico advanced to the quarterfinal after going 2-1 in group stage play. After losing to Panama 2-1, El Tri rebounded by defeating Canada 2-0 and Martinique 3-1. Trinidad and Tobago drew with El Salvador 2-2, lost to Haiti 2-0, and then beat Honduras 2-0 to advance out of Group B.

The winner of Mexico versus Trinidad and Tobago will face the winner of the Panama-Cuba match. Mexico is seeking its third straight Gold Cup title, having won the tournament in 2009 and 2011 by defeating the United States. Mexico has won more Gold Cup titles than any other CONCACAF nation (6 wins) and has had more tournament appearances (with 20).

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Apple Leisure Group, a U.S. tourism company, will invest $600 million in six tourism complexes in Jalisco, Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo, Mexico, which will increase the number of hotel rooms by 1,800, produce 4,000 additional jobs and generate more than $350 million, according to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The Apple investment will also expand hotel offerings in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. The investment comes as tourism increases in Mexico, with the number of international tourists arriving by air rising 6.3% in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the prior-year period. "Mexico will become a world tourism power" via a strategy of "modernizing and repositioning" in the global market, Peña Nieto said.

Increasing tourism is one of Peña Nieto’s key strategies for the next five years. He also pledged to make tourism sustainable by focusing on responsible management of water resources and waste. Peña Nieto emphasized strengthening infrastructure and access, as well as improving waste management to increase the tourism sector's competitiveness.

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The 2013 World Taekwondo Championships began in Central Mexico’s city of Puebla this weekend. This year marks the 21st annual Championships for men’s events, and the 14th annual for women. Over 800 athletes from 134 countries and regions will be competing for seven days for an audience of over 5,000 locals.

The opening ceremony was held on Saturday, with a folk dance performance depicting the traditional Mexican legend of Popocatepetl – an active volcano in the Puebla region. Also, Puebla’s governor Rafael Moreno Valle and the World Taekwondo Federation’s president Choue Chung-won spoke and opened the biennial Championships, which are scheduled for July 15-21st. They expressed their hopes for the best championships in the Federation’s history and thanked Puebla’s local government for hosting the tournament.

"Dear athletes please train hard and compete fairly, to show the audience of Puebla, Mexico and the whole world how wonderful is taekwondo," Choue Chung-won said.

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Can Mayweather vs. Canelo Top Boxing's All-Time PPV Record?

Rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer and five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (44-0, 26 KO) and junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO) are still more than two months away from meeting in the ring, but they're already shattering records. Tickets for their September 14th mega fight in Las Vegas sold out in the blink of an eye, and the fight has broken the all-time live-gate record for a boxing event.

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, known as El Canelo, Alvarez is an undefeated 22-year-old Mexican professional boxer in the Junior Middleweight division. Álvarez started boxing at 13 years old, after watching his older brother Rigoberto Álvarez's debut as a professional boxer. In 2004 he won the silver medal at the Junior Mexican National championships, held in Sinaloa. Even though Álvarez turned professional young, he had 20 amateur bouts under his belt. At 22, Canelo is going to let whatever happens happen, responding with youth and an imaginative spirit with the 36 year old Mayweather having to adjust to Canelo’s youthful eagerness. “I am 22-years-old and I'm not worried about money at the moment because I have a long future ahead of me. This fight is about pride, and winning, because I want to be one of the best boxers in history and this is the opportunity to reach that goal," Canelo said.

According to ESPN.com, the fight is guaranteed to generate at least $18.6 million dollars in total ticket sales. That's more than enough to supplant the 2007 bout between Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya, which generated just over $18.4 million dollars. Canelo and Mayweather might top the all-time PPV revenue mark, as the fight is priced at $65 standard definition and $75 in HD, so even if they don't get the 2.4 million buy mark, they could top the revenue mark, which is around $134 million domestically.

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Mexico Aviation

Mexico is determined to become one of the world’s top ten aviation suppliers, according to the British newspaper The Guardian. The state of Querétaro, located northwest of Mexico City, holds an aerospace park where Delta Air Lines, Aeroméxico, Bombardier, Eurocopter, and Safran are among the firms with existing or upcoming investments.

"Our country is attracting the biggest share of aerospace investment worldwide," says Carlos Bello Rocha, head of Mexico's Aerospace Industry Federation (Femia). About 20 new projects are expected this year, worth $1.3 billion. Aviation exports doubled between 2009 and 2012 to reach $5.4bn.

Canada’s Bombardier was the first overseas firm to build a $200 million factory, transferring production from Ireland and Japan. Since then it has spent an additional $300 million in Mexico.

The latest arrival of aerospace manufacturing firms to Mexico is Eurocopter in February 2013, opening a facility that will employ 200 people by next year. 

Mexico’s Femia forecasts that there will be 450 companies working in this field by 2020, representing 110,000 jobs and $12 billion in export sales. 

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Mexico’s tourism revenue is increasing, thanks to a surge of international travelers. In 2012, Mexico received 23 million international tourists and 178 million domestic tourists. The majority of tourists are traveling from the U.S. and Canada but others come from the UK, Spain and South America. Mexico’s tourism sector is the third largest source of foreign exchange earnings for the country. The tourism sector generates 9 percent of GDP and directly employs 2.5 million people. Foreign currency earnings generated by international visitors in Mexico registered an increase of 7.7 percent from $3.59 billion dollars in the first quarter of 2013, to $3.87 billion dollars, from January to March this year. Reports showed that the increase in foreign currency revenue is attributed to an increase in tourists who are flying to the county. Tourists entering the country via plane account for the largest average expense of traveling to Mexico. This increase in tourists, and the resulting increase in revenue, will allow for Mexico’s tourism sector to prosper.

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Mazatlán is one of Mexico’s top travel destinations. The city on the Mexican Riviera has just had its best spring season ever and is poised to have a record breaking summer season.The London Financial Times recently named Mazatlán one of the Top 10 American Cities of the Future, rating it as Mexico's top medium-sized city in terms of its future economic expectations and cost effectiveness.

The increase in growing popularity is due to an overhaul of Mexico’s infrastructure. A new highway scheduled to open this fall will provide a safe, direct, high-speed land route between Mazatlán and the southwestern United States. The Mazatlán-Durango Highway is estimated to boost domestic tourism from 30,000 cars per year to around 1 million. The construction of the highway will generate increased commerce and international trade between the U.S. and Mexico and will ultimately increase tourism and business flow.

Additional reforms include negotiating agreements with airlines that will increase airlift by 40 percent, three major cruise lines returning to the Port of Mazatlán, and increased construction to double the current number of hotels and rooms. These upcoming improvements will greatly increase Mazatlán’s popularity as a travel destination hot spot.

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Mexico Smart Phone

In the past decade; Mexico’s technology sector has grown three times faster than the global average. Due in large part to its close proximity to the United States, three- quarters of Mexico’s tech services are focused on the U.S. and large global companies such as Wal-Mart and Coca Cola.

Compatible time zones and a growing Hispanic market within the United States make Mexico an opportune business partner. Market growth is continually fueled by demands from the U.S.

The ability to become a world leader is due in part to the IT support and services, as well as the database software of growing companies such as Publish 88.

There are numerous obstacles that must be overcome to allow Mexico's small businesses to achieve and take the world by storm. These include a more small business oriented banking system, innovation nurturing of a hands-on idea center, and the drive to keep the engineers out of the manufacturing sector. All of these coupled with a country to support the growing entrepreneurs will increase Mexico's place in the global market.

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Mexico China Tourism

Chinese president Xi Jinping enjoyed a visit to Mexico and the country hopes his recent visit will lead to an influx of Chinese tourists. Tourism is big business in Mexico. Last year it brought in an estimated $12.7 million from nearly 23 million foreign visitors. Of those tourists, just under 50,000 were from the world’s largest tourism spender, China. Mexico’s hope is to capitalize on this market to make China the no. 1 source of Asian travelers to their country. 

And, Chinese leader Xi trusts that some of the 400 million Chinese tourists will find Mexico’s ancient ruins and resort cities alluring. 

Mexico boasted a 35% spike in Chinese tourists in the first four months of the year. Still, the Tourism Department believes it can do more, such as increasing flights to China and adding Mandarin signs in key Mexican destinations. 

Jorge Hernandez also agrees that Mandarin should be present in key locations, and states that Mexican tour guides who speak Mandarin would be helpful. 

The ultimate goal is to make Chinese tourists feel welcome in Mexico, he adds. 

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UFC expected to Expand In Mexico

The UFC, a popular Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports organization, is considering expansion to Mexico in 2014. Expansion to Mexico would greatly enhance their booming Latin American market, which is already thriving in Brazil. With an enormous MMA following, a growing circuit of regional fight promotions and great local talent, Mexico has the essential pillars in place. 

UFC President Dana White said he would like to take full advantage of this spike in MMA interest; he believes there is a great culture of Mexican MMA fighters who have developed a unique style of Mexican fighting. 

These bright local talents include Mexican-American Cain Velasquez, the defending heavyweight champion, and Erik Perez, a rising bantam-weight contender. The success of the expansion efforts depends on whether the UFC is able to build and nurture these rising stars to bolster community support. 

However, for now, the UFC is relying on a similar model it presented in Brazil--a joint-venture deal with a television network--to increase its TV presence in Mexico. This strategic partnership with Televisa Networks will give the organization a way to disseminate free UFC programming on existing channels. According to media reports, it could launch as early as September 2013.  

Plans are also in the works to add a Spanish -language version of "The Ultimate Street Fighter" to the network, tentatively titled: "The Ultimate Street Fighter: Latin America." UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik, chief of international development, believes that having a regionally specific series and a live event in Mexico City would spearhead the UFC's business efforts in Mexico.

If the UFC can implement successful expansion efforts in Mexico in 2014, perhaps, a blueprint will be laid for future endeavors to help make the UFC a global sporting heavyweight!

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Mexico China Ferrari

During a discussion held between Burgess Yachts CEO Jonathan Beckett and Gotham Jets CEO Gianpaolo De Felice, Ferrari North America CEO Marco Mattiacci made a bold statement saying that “Mexico is the next China.”

Mexico’s future is shaping up to make it the next contender in automotive production. This increase in production is due in some part to Ferrari with its upcoming production of La Ferrari as well as the entire automotive industry. Ferrari North America CEO Marco Mattiacci wants to reduce the production of Ferraris from last years’ numbers of 7,318 to less than 7,000 to preserve the brand’s exclusivity. While Ferrari production may be lessening because of exclusivity, other brands are having the reverse effect, pushing Mexico’s production to an all time high.

Production in Mexico is anticipated to steadily grow over the next 13 years due to increased wealth creation, desire for industry, and international investments. Mexico’s status has given indicators that manufacturing is indeed increasing due to exceptional quality of education for workers, and governmental reform. The future of Mexico’s automotive industry is looking promising!

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Thanks to an agreement signed by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Chinese President Xi Jinping, China will reduce trade barriers on the sale and import of Mexican tequila. Mexico is expected to export 10 million liters of tequila to China over the next 5 years.

Ramón González, President of the Consejo Regulador del Tequila, predicted that by 2018 China will be the world’s second largest importer of tequila, behind only the United States.

“China represents a golden opportunity for tequila and agave.” The “tequila pact” was one of a series of trade agreements signed by the two presidents at a bilateral meeting in Mexico City. The accords span industries like food, energy, mining, tourism, infrastructure and education. As part of the education initiatives, China invite 100 Mexican youths to summer camps on Chinese soil and offer 300 government grants over the next three years to Mexican youths who want to study abroad there.

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According to E-Tourism Monitor, the Mexico Tourism Board now ranks third in the world in Facebook likes. With approximately 965,000 likes on Facebook, Mexico is close behind the UK with 1.1 million likes Australia with 4.5 million. Social media is rapidly affecting the way citizens travel domestically, with significant numbers of users making travel decisions based on their friends’ social media activity. Uploading images, declarations of excitement, and easy access to websites for travel information; social media is fast becoming the market place for tourism interest and growth globally.

As the third most-liked national tourism organization on Facebook, Mexico is well on its way to achieving its tourism goals. Tourism accounts for 9 percent of the gross domestic product of Mexico and salaries in the tourism sector are 30 percent above the national average. President Enrique Peña Nieto has stated that "We will open Mexico to the world, and the world will visit Mexico. Tourism is a fundamental component of our economy and a key driver of national development." And Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico's Secretary of Tourism, highlighted Mexico as a trendsetter in the global tourism industry. "I have no doubt that tourism is the future of Mexico. Under the President's leadership, tourism will be used as an engine to drive development for all Mexicans," she said.

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We have all seen them; the curious looking pear shaped green fruit that is sold in the produce isle of most grocery stores. That fruit, most likely to have come from Mexico, would be an avocado. Mexico contributes not only 60 percent of the US supply of avocados, but is the only producer to export avocados year round.

The avocado industry has steadily increased over the past five years with sales climbing to a whopping 11% percent between 2010 and 2011 alone. While these numbers are impressive, there are still many consumers who do not buy avocados. Recently, a campaign led by Avocados From Mexico (AFM) has allocated $36 Million dollars to grow and brand avocados from Mexico. AFM carefully selected Arnold Worldwide and Ketchum to creatively market the avocado. Tasked with a unique market campaign; AFM alongside Arnold and Ketchum, aim to brand the avocado from exotic to everyday. A promising quote from Arnold’s president, "Engaging the hearts and minds of people and inspiring them to use avocados everyday is an incredible creative challenge. We're thrilled to get started and channel our passion into fueling the growth of the avocado marketplace.” Get ready for some creative market campaigns for the delicious green fruit!

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El Chileno is One of Five Blue Flag Eco-Friendly Beaches in Mexico

Five Mexican beaches have been recognized as world-class eco-friendly destinations, according to the international environmental organization Blue Flag. According to a release from SEMARNAT, “These certifications show that Mexican beaches are able to compete with world-class destinations.”

The Blue Flag Beaches recognized in Mexico are Playa Chahué in Huatulco, Oaxaca; El Chileno in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur; Playa Delfines in Cancún; El Palmar in Zihuatanejo de Azueta, Guerrero; and Nuevo Vallarta Norte, in Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit. These beaches were selected by a panel of judges that included representatives from the United Nations Environmental Program and the World Tourism Organization.

The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-friendly designation. It has been awarded to more than 3800 beaches and marinas around the world. The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services. The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

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