TRAVEL CONTENT, CONCEPTS & CONSULTING BY MARK CHESNUT

As you might guess, I'm passionate about travel. I'm also passionate about providing travelers and travel advisors with news and travel tips to help them make informed decisions. And I'm passionate about helping travel industry clients engage with customers and build business.

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How Ecuador Plans to Attract More U.S. Tourists, Including a New Nomad Visa

With a new president, a new minister of tourism and new hopes for post-pandemic growth, Ecuador’s government is taking a new approach to attracting more travelers — and helping travel advisors sell more Ecuador. In December, the ministry of tourism launched its first U.S. roadshow in more than six years, spearheaded by Niels Olsen, who took the reins as Ecuador’s minister of tourism following the election of President Guillermo Lasso this year. The roadshow is part of an effort to forge stronge

Tourism Officials Predict Mexico Travel Trends for 2022

Mexico’s tourism industry is gearing up for a strong 2022, according to multiple attendees at this year’s Tianguis Turistico, the nation’s international tourism conference. Some of the event’s promotional material, in fact, describes the industry’s rebound as a “rebirth.” After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 45th edition of Tianguis took place in November in Merida, Yucatan, attracting more than 1,500 buyers from 42 nations and generating some 57,000 business appoint

What's Behind St. Maarten's Impressive Tourism Growth

Tourism in St. Maarten has done more than simply rebound. It’s been soaring, as arrivals have surged past pre-pandemic numbers. So, it’s no wonder the destination is predicting an especially busy winter season. To get the inside scoop on what’s behind this impressive growth, we spoke with May-Ling Chun, director of tourism at the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau. What kind of visitor numbers are you expecting for the winter season? In speaking with various partners around the island, such as Port S

How to Take the MetroBus in Mexico City

Mexico City is a big and exciting place, and there are multiple options to get around. In this Mexico travel video, I show how to use the MetroBus, a public bus system that — depending on where you’re going and what time you go — can one of the most efficient ways to travel in Mexico City. On my most recent stay in Mexico’s capital, I spent two and a half months in the lovely Condesa district, a hip and fun neighborhood where it’s easy to walk to restaurants, bars and shopping. But our place wa

Beautiful Faces of Tianguis 2021 in Mérida, Mexico

If you like Mexican culture and Mexican traditions, you’ll love this video montage from Tianguis Turistico, Mexico”s annual tourism conference. I attend this gigantic event every year to write about the latest Mexico travel news and travel trends for TravelAge West, the leading travel trade publication in the western United States. But one of my favorite things to do is to simply walk the convention floor and photograph the many attendees who dress in traditional attire and costumes that repres

Hotel Review: Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun

I must confess that I’m not overly familiar with the music of legendary singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. But I soon realized that didn’t matter as I settled into the vibe at Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun. Opened in 2020 after a major overhaul and rebranding of the former Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya by Karisma, the Margaritaville Island Reserve exudes the laidback, comfortable atmosphere that you’d expect from a hotel carrying the name of “Margaritaville,” a 1977 song by Buffet

How to Find a Good Doctor in Mexico While Traveling

“Your test results show that you have two different kinds of parasites,” the doctor told me during our FaceTime call. “One is relatively common, but the other is quite rate in this part of the country.” This wasn’t the best news, but I was happy to at least have a diagnosis and options for treatment. But how do you find a good doctor in Mexico if you don’t live there, and how do you find the right treatment?

Mexico city is one of the gayest cities on the planet. Here’s how to take it all in.

Mexico City is one of the lushest cities in the world. The altitude mixed with the ever-present moisture in the air gives it the feel of an urban greenhouse. This makes the city a prime walking and people-watching destination. Despite the steady flow of traffic, it feels like ambling through a beautiful park but where you can look upon some of the most stunning architecture in the world. Finding conveniently located accommodation is key to enjoying the city on foot. GayCities recently checked

Discovering Cuernavaca, Mexico

I had heard of Cuernavaca for decades but never visited, even though it’s less than 60 miles from Mexico City, a destination where I vacation regularly. Once I arrived, I found that Cuernavaca had a fascinating story to tell. My best friend and I strolled through pristine Japanese gardens on our way to a grand kabuki theater, just a few yards away from a Shogun-inspired mansion where well-heeled families were savoring a relaxed brunch. No, this wasn’t a scene from some exclusive social club on

6 Reasons to Be Excited About the New Nickelodeon Riviera Maya Resort (VIDEO)

If you’re into sliming, you won’t want to miss my latest travel video. The Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya is an all-inclusive resort that opened in August 2021 in Mexico with 280 suites, just south of Cancun. It has great food, wonderful views and comfortable guest rooms. But the big draw here, of course, is the Nickelodeon theme, which you’ll notice as soon as you arrive in the hotel lobby — and the sliming is certainly one of the most exciting and visual parts of the Nickelodeon exp

5 Things to Love About the St. Regis Mexico City Hotel (VIDEO)

Mexico City is home to several top-of-the-line luxury hotels, and the St. Regis Mexico City hotel is one of the absolute best, favored by celebrities, politicians and other big-name travelers, thanks to its elegant style, extensive amenities and superior service (Daniel Craig stayed here when he played James Bond in the movie Spectre). In my latest travel video, I take you on one of my unfiltered tours of one of the most legendary luxury hotels in Mexico City.

Hotel Review: Hotel Xcaret Arte

If you’re looking to make your friends and colleagues jealous, all you need to do is post a few photos from Muluk Spa at Hotel Xcaret Arte. With its winding waters, lush vegetation and natural caves reimagined as climate-controlled treatment rooms and soaking pools, it’s a decidedly photogenic bit of paradise along Mexico’s Caribbean coast. When I posted a couple of photos before my treatment, my Facebook and Instagram accounts lit up with comments. Muluk Spa is just one of the reasons why the

Hotel Review: Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya

Getting drenched with a strange green liquid isn’t usually the highlight of a Mexico resort vacation, but at the new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya, it’s one of the biggest sources of smiles among guests. Anyone familiar with Nickelodeon’s television programming, of course, knows that the emerald-hued substance is called slime, and the daily “sliming” that takes place at the resort’s massive waterpark is an interactive re-creation of one of the TV network’s most legendary traditions.

Puerto Rico Wants to Be the LGBTQ Capital of the Caribbean

Only a handful of destinations in the Caribbean are marketed as LGBTQ-friendly by their official tourism organizations. One of them, Puerto Rico, is now aiming to grow its LGBTQ tourism even more with a new campaign called “Live Out.” The new campaign was announced by Discover Puerto Rico, the destination’s marketing organization, during last month’s annual International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) convention. According to recent studies commissioned by Discover Puerto Rico, the country
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