Story and photos by John Lamkin
The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) awarded two prestigious Certificates of Appreciation to industry partners in Mexico for their gracious hospitality, continuing education and contributions to the travel & tourism industries.
The businesses chosen for this award were Rancho Encantado Resort & Spa in Laguna Bacalar and Luis Tellez of Sac Be Travel in Chetumal, Mexico.
The certificate was awarded to Rancho Encantado for outstanding work in the hospitality field and exemplary guest services. This resort provides excellent help to journalists in the form of relevant story ideas, angles, and destination and tour information. They are well-connected with excellent knowledge of the region and proactively stay in touch with journalists.
Luis Tellez of Sac Be Travel has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for exemplary work in tour guiding, photography and promoting the diverse aspects of Zona Maya. He provides excellent help to journalists in the form of relevant story ideas, angles, and destination and tour information. He is well-connected, with excellent knowledge of the region and proactively stays in touch with journalists.
The above mentioned travel industry partners were very generous in help with arranging travel, hospitality, tour and story suggestions to help complete journalism assignments in Mexico.
According to the IFWTWA’s press releases:
'The International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) is a dynamic nonprofit organization based out of Southern California. What started out as a small group of prominent Frenchmen rating restaurants in 1956 is now a global network of journalists and photographers who cover the hospitality and lifestyle fields, and the people who promote them.
Members cover a broad spectrum of travel destination attractions such as active and passive adventure activities, ecology, historical features, culture, fairs, festivals, food, wine, and special events. The association’s membership includes professionals in culinary arts and sciences, the wine growing and production industry, and hotel and hospitality management industries."
These businesses are all deemed to be among the best serving Zona Maya and are highly recommended.
For more information:
Mexico Tourism http://www.visitmexico.com/en/
Adventure in Quintana Roohttp://visitmexico.com/en_us/VisitMexico30/Adventure_In_Quintana_Roo
Mexican Caribbean http://www.mexicancaribbean.com/
Where to stay in luxury:
Rancho Encantado Resort & Spa http://www.encantado.com/en-us/
For tour guiding and other Zona Maya information:
Luis Tellez, Sac Be Travel http://www.sacbetravel.com/