Puerto Vallarta ranks among the safest cities in the world
The Ceoworld security index lists 334 cities in the world through indicators that estimate the level of crime given to each city. Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico was placed in the twenty-first position in the list of safest cities in the world, surpassing cities such as The Hague in the Netherlands, where the International Court of Justice is located, or Geneva in Switzerland, which houses the headquarters of the United Nations in Europe. Mérida is the safest city in Latin America and the second safest in all of the Americas, just behind Québec, Canada. The Mexican cities that appeared on the list are, firstly, Mérida, followed by Puerto Vallarta (place 83). As for the first places, for the third consecutive year, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, was located as the safest city on the planet, followed by the capital of Qatar, Doha, and in third-place, it is occupied by Québec. The other cities that make up the top 10 are: Taipei, Munich, Dubai, Zurich, Bern (Switzerland), Eskisehir (Turkey) and Hong Kong.
New Nobu Hotel in Los Cabos
Crafted and cultivated by world-famous Japanese chef, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Academy Award-winning actor, Robert De Niro, the Nobu Hotel concept brings both an illuminating and one-of- a-kind experience to the shores of Cabo San Lucas.
The signature Nobu Restaurant and Bar will be located on the beachfront of the Pacific Ocean delivering the famed Nobu experience with a remarkable view. The beach resort boasts an array of facilities including event and meeting space, a luxurious spa, retail stores, a variety of unique dining and lounging experiences, and much more.
The 200-room property seamlessly blends contemporary Japanese minimalism with locally sourced natural, Mexican materials and finishes. Drawing design inspiration from the sophisticated palette that alludes to the Japanese aesthetic of the Nobu brand, as well as the unique elements of Cabo San Lucas, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is the perfect fusion of architectural elegance and laid-back luxury.
Highlights and Amenities Include:
Nobu Restaurant – Chef Nobu Matsuhisa continues to bring the latest trends in Japanese-fusion cuisine to life with an extensive menu of inventive dishes and bold cocktails.
Malibu Farm, “Fresh. Organic. Local.” – Offering a selection of local healthy selections, sustainable and fresh-off-the-farm fare, Malibu Farm seeks to bring the farm-to-table concept to guests and health-savvy travelers from all around the world.
Culinary Garden – Nobu Hotel Los Cabos will feature only the freshest foods and produce on property.
Golf Courses – Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is located near the Diamante Cabo San Lucas Resort complex which features the most spectacular golf courses designed by Davis Love III and Tiger Woods.
Four pools are located on the property including infinity pools, private swim-up cabanas, private beach cabanas, Cortez Swim-up Bar at the main pool, 4 super cabanas equipped with a full bathroom, day bed, living area, and TV.
Mindful Meetings – Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is comprised of 14,389 square feet of meeting and event space.
- 11 flexible meeting spaces, including 2 ballrooms, 1 boardroom, 1 pre-function space, 1 outdoor terrace and 2 outdoor lawns
- Nobu Restaurant and Malibu Farm inspired banquet menus
Quintana Roo Governor Declare the State Sargassum Free
The beaches in Cancún and those along the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula are now cleared of sargassum, according to Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquín González.
Joaquín said there has not been a significant resurgence of the algae in recent weeks, thanks to the Mexican Navy and President López Obrador, the Mexico News Daily reported.
“We’re waiting for more infrastructure, more boats, more barriers that will work in coordination with the navy, which has yielded good results up to now,” he said.
According to the Cancun sargassum monitoring network, most beaches reported low sargassum as of last week.
Mexican officials were concerned the influx of rotting seaweed in some of the country’s most popular tourist destinations would cause a dip in tourism, which contributes 8.7% to Mexico’s gross domestic product and is worth about $23 billion annually.
Hotel groups have also undertaken action to clean the white-sand beaches for tourists.
Grupo Xcaret, which operates Hotel Xcaret México, said it has an aerial monitoring check in place, conducted daily to determine the overnight level of sargassum accumulated along the shore. It is then collected at dawn by trained staff, who are cautious of not interfering with the marine ecosystem, and taken to Grupo Xcaret’s processing facility for composition.
Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts has put in place a non-invasive barrier system and saw “a 95% reduction” of sargassum on its Mexico properties. The system was assembled by a team of marine biologists, oceanographers, engineers and divers — and it operates with respect to the marine fauna and flora.
United saves 40,000 customers from missed flights
Hold the door. United Airlines has taken the headache out of travel with a new tech tool that has so far saved thousands of passengers from missing tight connecting flights.”
Making your way to an event can be stressful. One of the most stressful things can be making sure you get there on time¬—sometimes, this is out of your control. United Airlines knows this, so they’ve created a tool to alleviate some of that traveling stress.
Although the airline has had some mishaps in the past, they took a step in the right direction when they created ConnectionSaver this past summer.
In a press release on June 10, Toby Enqvist, chief customer officer at United said, “ConnectionSaver only works if it allows us to care for as many customers as possible—without inconveniencing others—and that’s exactly what this technology has shown it can do. We’re determined to capitalize on as many opportunities as possible to better serve and care for our customers and that’s part of what sets United apart from our competitors.”
Through advanced technology, flights are automatically scanned for customers who are making tight connections to determine whether a flight can be held or not. Now, this is done along with ensuring already-boarded passengers arrive at their destination on time. ConnectionSaver also sends every connecting customer (who opted to receive text notifications) directions to the gate of the connecting flight and an estimated time of arrival to the gate. According to USA Today, flights held were delayed an average of six minutes.
Anika Gupta, United’s vice president of domestic network planning, has said that United has saved the connections of roughly 40,000 travelers thus far. Initially, the tool was pushed out through Denver International Airport (DEN) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), two of United’s busiest hubs. ConnectionSaver tech is set to expand to United’s other hubs this fall.