WALMART IN MEXICO LAUNCHES GROCERY ORDERS VIA WHATSAPP

WALMART IN MEXICO LAUNCHES GROCERY ORDERS VIA WHATSAPP

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WhatsApp, the free text-messaging service owned by social media platform Facebook, is ubiquitous throughout Mexico. Superama shoppers can text an order to a WhatsApp number run by Walmart, known in Mexico as Walmart de Mexico.

A Reuters reporter tried the service on Monday, sending a photo of a handwritten grocery list. A company

representative responded immediately, punctuating responses with smiley-face and winky-face emojis.

The representative said Superama charges 49 pesos ($2.55) for delivery within 90 minutes, or 39 pesos ($2.03) for a later delivery time, and would accept payment in cash or by card upon delivery.

Superama represents about 92 of Walmart’s 2,459 stores in Mexico, which is the U.S. retailer’s largest overseas market by store count. Superama already takes orders via its website and a Superama app, as well as through Cornershop, a third-party delivery app that sells goods for a variety of other stores.

Walmart’s plan to buy Cornershop, which operates in Mexico and Chile, for $225 million, was blocked earlier this month by Mexico’s competition regulator, which said that Walmart could not guarantee an even playing field for rivals also using the app.

($1 = 19.1885 Mexican pesos)

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Leslie Adler

2 Storey For Sale in El Tigre, Nuevo Vallarta

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•  402 sqm , 4 bath , 4 bdrm 2 storey FOR SALE  USD675,000 .

Villas Ibiza ONLY 1 of 3 Villas and this one has a north east view. The location is prime and the view is spectacular overlooking the 15th Par 3 fairway. The Villa has been impeccably maintained and has the finest if upgrades throughout the home. Truly must be seen to appreciate the grandness of this Villa.

Villas Ibiza SOLO 1 de 3 Villas y esta tiene una vista al noreste. La ubicación es excelente y la vista es espectacular con vista a la calle 15 Par 3. La Villa se ha mantenido de manera impecable y tiene las mejores actualizaciones en toda la casa. Hay que verlo para apreciar la grandeza de esta villa.

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Single Story For Sale in Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta

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Amazing View, Ocean Front, 2 bdrm 2 Bth Marina Vallarta!

•  146.75 sqft , 2 bath , 2 bdrm single story FOR SALE  USD384,000 .
MLS® 15879

Amaizing view!! oceanfront condo near the lovely lush green sandy beaches in the upscale area of Marina Vallarta. Ideal location with direct access to the beach and within 10 minutes of downtown Puerto Vallarta. From your balcony you will have ocean and beachfront views. The backside gives you the gorgeous view of the marina golf course and Mountains. It is also located just 5 minutes walking distance to the lovely Marina Vallarta where you can eat at different restaurants, go on a tour, shop, or just enjoy long safe walks around the area of the Marina.

Vista increíble !! condominio frente al mar cerca de las hermosas y frondosas playas de arena verde en la exclusiva zona de Marina Vallarta. Ubicación ideal con acceso directo a la playa y a 10 minutos del centro de Puerto Vallarta. Desde su balcón tendrá vista al mar y frente a la playa. La parte trasera le ofrece la hermosa vista del campo de golf y las montañas. También se encuentra a solo 5 minutos a pie de la encantadora Marina Vallarta, donde puede comer en diferentes restaurantes, ir de excursión, comprar o simplemente disfrutar de largos paseos seguros alrededor del área de la Marina.

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DISCOVER 5 GLAMPING SPOTS IN VALLARTA · NAYARIT

DISCOVER 5 GLAMPING SPOTS IN VALLARTA · NAYARIT

Estefanía Montes

Jun. 19, 2019
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Vallarta · Nayarit offers diverse places for demanding travelers with a like for exploring new natural environments, without losing style and comfort, through ecological spaces which promote glamping.

Glamping is an experience that combines glamour + camping, so you can reconnect with yourself in a more private and personalized environment, all while in harmony with Mother Earth. For this reason, we bring you a selection of 5 glamping spots in the region.

Verana

This place is located south of Puerto Vallarta, in the picturesque town of Yelapa, where the only access is through the ocean. Due to this, it has the privilege of being immersed in the mountains, and having its own private beach.

There, you will find your personal refuge which will allow you to breath in pure air, witness the most spectacular sunsets, and illuminate your nights with stars, while you listen to the murmur of the sea.

Verana has 10 rustic installations made of different materials, each one with its own unique style, and all the necessary features to make your stay most pleasant. To complement this, you may savor the culinary delicacies that the chef of the place offers, so you can then walk along the edge of the beach, and end your day in the relaxing spa.

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Vereda Palapa

 North of Yelapa, you will find Vereda Palapa, a place that offers a revitalizing experience through an ecological stay which combines the sound of the channel where the river flows, and the soft breeze of the wind.

Vereda Palapa is composed of four palapas with very tropical names, as well as a garden which shelters flowers and fruits representative of the region, a gallery (where you may find different art pieces like paintings and sculptures inspired on animals and the human body), a kitchen, and a very peculiar pool, through which a small creek flows.

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Xinalani Retreat

 Between Las Ánimas and Yelapa is Xinalani Retreat, an intimate natural sanctuary which serves to delight the senses, and at the same time helps you enter a state of peace.

This site offers luxurious houses and palapas walled on three sides, with a palm ceiling, and in front of each room, there is a large window which is always open to be able to observe everything around you. It permits the moon to light your nights, and for you to awaken with the first rays of sunshine. Let yourself be spoiled at the spa, stretch, and strengthen your body in the diverse yoga rooms, enjoy the beach club, and try the delicious treats offered at the restaurant and bar.

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Playa Escondida

Towards the north of the Banderas Bay, in Sayulita, you can find Playa Escondida, a spot which will seduce you with its incredible view. At the beach you can have long walks while you listen to the relaxing sound of the waves and birds. You can conclude your day tasting the gourmet flavors which are offered at the site’s restaurant.

This place has different palapas distributed along a jungle-like terrain, close to a private beach. Due to its distribution, depending on the cabin that you choose, you can be a few steps away from the ocean, or contemplate it from the heights, among a natural green curtain. Furthermore, you will find amenities such as a bar, restaurant, pool, spa, yoga room, and even, a jacuzzi and hammocks in certain cabins.

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Aldea Bamboo

In San Pancho, you may leave your worries behind as you near Aldea Bamboo, a spot immersed in a paradise in the middle of the jungle. Let yourself strengthen your ties with Mother Earth, as you are surrounded by abundant foliage.

The three octagonal wooden cabins that this site offers are integrally equipped so your stay is as comfortable, and peaceful as possible. At night, you may contemplate the starlight, and the moon from a small dome located in the center of the upper cover.

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Without a doubt, in any of these spots you will live a unique experience to get a breather, enjoy nature, and reconnect with yourself.

Single Story For Sale in Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta

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Great Location Beautiful Golf Course View

•  167 sqm , 2 bath , 2 bdrm single story FOR SALE  USD259,000 .
MLS® 15773

La ubicación es primordial al final del hoyo 9 con hermosas vistas de la calle y el green. Este es un encantador edificio de baja densidad. Esta es una unidad de esquina encantadora con luz natural de 3 lados. Estacionamiento asignado y seguridad 24 horas.
Paseo de la Marina en el lado del campo de golf a través de la calle del Club de Tenis Puesta del Sol y al lado del Club de Golf Marina Vallarta.

Location is prime on the end of the 9th hole with beautiful views of the fairway and green. This is a charming low density building. This is a lovely corner unit with natural light form 3 sides. Assigned parking and 24 hour security.
Paseo de la Marina on golf course side across the street form Club de Tenis Puesta del Sol and next to the Marina Vallarta Club de Golf Club House.

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PUERTO VALLARTA IS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE TO THE SARGASSUM INVASION OF THE CARIBBEAN

PUERTO VALLARTA IS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE TO THE SARGASSUM INVASION OF THE CARIBBEAN

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Sargassum is a dark- colored seaweed that is dispersed by ocean currents through the Atlantic, which, when they reach the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, find the perfect opportunity for their waste to coagulate, forming what scholars call garbage patches, and which have invaded the Caribbean coast of Mexico and now threatens Africa and Europe.

The invasion of sargassum to the Caribbean coast of Mexico is motivating travelers to search for other destinations in Mexico.

In the Pacific, such as Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, you will find the perfect alternative. In addition to an extensive range of beaches, the area has activities for all tourist segments: family, LGBT, pet-friendly, weddings, adventures and foodies, among others.

Puerto Vallarta is one of the most important beach destinations in Mexico, located in the State of Jalisco, the birthplace of Tequila, Mariachi and Charra culture, recognized as Heritage by UNESCO.

This destination harbors the tradition and colors of Mexico through its squares, streets and its people, named the friendliest city in the world by the magazine Conde Nast Traveler.

The place offers travelers natural, cultural, historical and gastronomic delights, thanks to its wide range of restaurants, and is considered the second mecca for foodies in Mexico for its cuisine of the sea, mountain, and international flavors.

The traveler will find a sea of ​​activities throughout the day, sophisticated amenities, a wide range of hotels, excellent weather, festivals celebrating music, and gastronomy.

The other jewel of the Mexican Pacific, Riviera Nayarit, is just 10 minutes from the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta. It is famous for its eclectic charm and luxury hotel, virtues that have given it international recognition.

Located in the Mexican state of Nayarit, the region offers 309 kilometers of beaches with crystal clear waters on the Pacific coast, the wonderful mountains of the Sierra Madre, the spectacular Bay of Banderas and endless protected natural wonders.

The Riviera Nayarit houses the tourist center of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic town of San Blas, the exclusive refuge of celebrities in Punta Mita, the “boho-chic” surfing mecca in Sayulita, and a variety of picturesque fishing villages.

There are plenty of activities that range from golf courses, zip lines, diving, and surfing, to bird watching, whale watching, and turtle release programs.

Accommodations range from luxury resorts and all-inclusive establishments that target families, to boutique hotels and all kinds of options.

Riviera Nayarit has four hotels that have the distinguished AAA rating of five diamonds, 11 AAA four-distinguished AAA rating of five diamonds, 11 AAA four- diamond hotels and 13 AAA three-diamond hotels.

The AAA Diamon Award is awarded by the American Automobile Association (AAA) to hotels and restaurants in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and guarantees that the establishment offers the highest standards of luxury, quality and high-level service.

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Single Story For Sale in Punta Negra, Puerto Vallarta

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Luxurious Ocean Front 4 Bdrm Condo!

•  353 sqm , 3 bath , 1 half bath , 4 bdrm single story FOR SALE  USD695,000 .
MLS® 15844

Quinta Esmeralda is a luxurious ocean front residence located on the beautiful white sandy beach and crystal clear waters of Punta Negra. There are breathtaking views from the moment you open the front door. Totally open space and great flow from the well planned out kitchen to the enormous dining room and living room with a bar is truly an entertainer’s paradise. The unit also features: Complete with furniture & appliances, center island in kitchen, plentiful cabinets and breakfast bar, 2 ensuite bedrooms + 2 more spacious bedrooms, powder bathroom, one of a kind stained glass windows throughout. Quinta Esmeralda is an exclusive 9 story, 9 unit (1 per floor) building with a pool, spa, swim up bar and direct access to the cleanest south shore beach.

Quinta Esmeralda es una lujosa residencia frente al mar ubicada en la hermosa playa de arena blanca y aguas cristalinas de Punta Negra. Hay unas vistas impresionantes desde el momento en que abre la puerta principal. El espacio totalmente abierto y el gran flujo de la cocina bien planificada al enorme comedor y sala de estar con bar es un verdadero paraíso para los artistas. La unidad también cuenta con: Completo con muebles y electrodomésticos, isla central en la cocina, gabinetes abundantes y barra de desayuno, 2 habitaciones con baño privado + 2 habitaciones más amplias, baño en polvo, una de las ventanas con ventanas de colores. Quinta Esmeralda es un exclusivo edificio de 9 pisos, 9 unidades (1 por piso) con piscina, spa, bar en la piscina y acceso directo a la playa más limpia de la costa sur.

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CYBERCRIMINALS TARGET AMERICANS PLANNING SUMMER VACATIONS TO PUERTO VALLARTA

June 12, 2019 • Vallarta Daily News • Puerto Vallarta News

CYBERCRIMINALS TARGET AMERICANS PLANNING SUMMER VACATIONS TO PUERTO VALLARTA

Today, McAfee reveals how cybercriminals are

capitalizing on consumers’ risky travel booking habits.

 

Cybercriminals target Americans planning summer vacations to Puerto Vallarta 2019-06-13, 10*50 AM

and steal personal information or passwords. Unfortunately, McAfee’s survey of 1,000 Americans found that nearly one-third of consumers (31%) are leaving the door open to fraud because they do not check the authenticity of a website before booking a trip online.

Bargain shopping can have a high cost

McAfee’s survey confirms that cybercriminals’ tactic of targeting vacation goers is paying off, with nearly one-fifth of consumers (18%) reporting that they have been scammed, or came very close to being scammed, when booking a vacation online. Bargain-hunting Americans are most at risk, with nearly a third of vacation scam victims (31%) being defrauded after spotting a deal that was too good to be true.

Unfortunately, risky bargain shopping behavior can come at a high cost with approximately 30% of travel-related scam victims reported that they lost between $1,000 and $3,000 as a result of the fraudulent activity. Meanwhile, a small group of victims (13%) shared that their identity was stolen after sharing their passport details with cybercriminals during the booking process.

The majority of survey respondents (80%) shared that they worry about having their identity stolen during the research and booking process or while traveling abroad

for summer vacations. But despite these worries, less than 25% of people feel that they have the right security in place to prevent their identity from being stolen.

“The last thing that consumers should have to deal with during or after a vacation is an identity scam or personal privacy issue,” comments Gary Davis, McAfee’s Chief Consumer Security Evangelist. “While cybersecurity threats, unfortunately, exist during most stages of the booking and travel experience, consumers can take proactive steps to protect themselves and minimize the risk to ensure scams and other nefarious activities don’t spoil summer travel plans.”

Keeping your data safe

Despite 36% of people expressing concerns of having their personal data stolen while on vacation, almost half (42%) said they either do not check the security of their internet connection or willingly connect to an unsecured network while traveling.

With 95% of Americans using their personal devices on vacation, it is concerning to discover network security is not being prioritized. This is further amplified by the finding that people are using devices for data-sensitive activity such as checking and sending e-mails (66%) and managing money through a banking app (35%).

Additionally, two in five (40%) Americans said they use work devices while on vacation. Despite work devices being connected to a wealth of personal and private data via corporate clouds, email, and productivity services, the vast majority admitted they connect to public Wi-Fi in the airport (46%) and hotel (69%), potentially putting sensitive business information at risk.

McAfee’s tips for identifying authentic booking sites and safe surfing on holiday:

1. Only access verified websites. Only click on websites that your security software has identified as being safe. For example, McAfee WebAdvisor will identify safe websites with a green checkmark and will block malware and phishing sites if you accidentally click on a malicious link from your search results.

2. Use trusted platforms and verified payment methods when finalizing your bookings. Fraudsters may try to lure you away from a trusted platform with the promise of discounted rates. Remember to keep all your communications and bookings to trusted platforms, such as VRBO.COM, and verify the site before entering payment information. This will help protect you from phishing and other cyber fraud.

3. Utilize an identity theft solution. With all this personal data floating around online, it’s important that you protect your identity. Use an identity theft solution, to help protect personally identifiable information from identity theft and fraud.

4. Always connect with caution. If you have to conduct transactions on a public Wi-Fi connection, use a virtual private network (VPN).

PUERTO VALLARTA NOMINATED AS ‘BEST CITY’ BY CONDÉ NAST READERS

PUERTO VALLARTA NOMINATED AS ‘BEST CITY’ BY CONDÉ NAST READERS

Each year, readers of the prestigious magazine Condé Nast Traveler vote for their favorite destinations, as well as hotels, resorts, islands, cruises, airlines, and airports, highlighting the best of each category that guides many travelers in the world.

It is with great pride that the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust informs that this destination, once again, is nominated in the Best City category. Also included are 17 hotels located in Vallarta, which stand out for the excellence of their lodging services.

The voting is simple, an email is registered and a basic profile is completed. Then select the category in which you want to vote, and in the online voting platform, you put the name of the destination or hotel, by selecting it, in the brief survey.

More than 400 thousand readers around the world participate year after year in the survey leaving tens of thousands of comments; This is the 32nd edition of the survey (the first was conducted in 1987).

The magazine is designed for the discerning and frequent experienced travelers with a wide variety of travel experiences and information covering frequent flyer programs, art, fashion, architecture, culture, gastronomy, and shopping in a variety of destinations around the world.

It is a publication for the sophisticated person who travels regularly with a strong interest in leisure activities. It has specialized content for the sophisticated traveler from the latest in hotels, the best tourist destinations in the world, the most innovative restaurants, and exclusive spas, to the most fascinating adventure trips.

The printed circulation of the magazine is 807,873 in the United States; Eight editions a year are published.

The complete results will be in the print and online edition in the month of November.

Voting is open until June 30.

30,000 homes will use electricity generated by new solar plant

The inauguration of new solar plant in Progreso, Yucatán.The inauguration of new solar plant in Progreso, Yucatán.

30,000 homes will use electricity generated by new solar plant

Yucatán predicted to be self-sufficient in renewable energy in 3-4 years

A new solar plant in Yucatán has the capacity to produce up to 18 megawatts of electricity and serve up to 5.3% of the state’s households.

The San Ignacio solar plant, which covers 66 hectares in the municipality of Progreso, was inaugurated Friday by Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal. The Chinese company Jinko Solar invested US $30 million to build the plant.

Energy generated by the plant will be consumed in Progreso and the state capital, Mérida.

Speaking at the inauguration, Governor Vila said he hopes Yucatán will continue to invest in renewable energy infrastructure.

“With this kind of action, we’re putting Yucatán on the map as a destination for investment,” he said. “We’re going to keep promoting our state in Mexico and around the world, and above all, we’re going to keep making renewable energy projects a priority.”

Vila added that in addition to the San Ignacio plant, 24 other renewable energy projects are under way in Yucatán, representing investment of as much as $4.5 billion.

“Yucatán consumes 900 megawatts, and I calculate that in three or four years, we will be generating 3,400 megawatts of clean energy,” he said. “We would be the only state in the country to be self-sufficient, and generating more renewable energy than we consume.”

Manuel Mendizábal Quemada, head of Jinko Solar in Mexico, told the newspaper Diario de Yucatán that the company has plans for another plant in state.

“We’re about to start construction on another plant, in Valladolid, which will be bigger,” he said. “We’re investing $100 million in it, and it will generate 79 megawatts of renewable energy. Those are all the plans we have at the moment, but we could build even more plants in the future.”

Mendizábal explained that the San Ignacio plant uses “tracker” technology, which allows its 71,000 panels to follow the light of the sun and absorb more energy.

Founded in 2006, Jinko Solar is the biggest solar panel company in the world. Mexico is Jinko’s second-largest export market, representing over 10% of the company’s total revenue.

Source: El Universal (sp), El Diario de Yucatán (sp), Milenio (sp)