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Welcome to Mexico City
Transcript of Welcome to Mexico City
Ranchero: love. patriotism, nature.
Norteño: accordion and bajon sexto; middle or fast tempo.
Video: Cielito Lindo.
Mexico City's 3-star hotels currently average a nightly rate of $70, while 5-star hotels average $130; however, prices are expected to increase significantly during the Olympic Games.
Financial Freedom in Mexico vs. World Average
15th largest economy in the world
11th highest purchasing power
GDP - $1.8 trillion
GDP per capita - $15,543
2.99% GDP growth rate
$38.3 billion in foreign investments
3.8% inflation rate
low 4.5% unemployment rate
Majority of the population is economically prosperous, one of the top percentages in the world
Welcome to Mexico City!
Why Mexico City?
Hello! We are your tour guides for your tour today of Mexico City. We are here to help you experience the wonders of our country. We hope these breath-taking views, vibrant cultural scenes, amazing restaurants, and sweet people win your love today. We hope everyone has their camera because this city is truly picture-perfect!
Economics Pt. 1
Economic Standings cont'd.
Olympic Village and Accomodations
Culture Pt. 2
Used natural resources: bark, cotton, and agave.
Women: Skirt, sleeveless tunic (huipil), and a closed shoulder cape (quechquémitl) and shawl (rebozo).
Men: Both the trousers and shirts worn by men were in the European style, but men often wore a cape called a "sarape."
The Fastest Game in the World
Jai Alai is a variation of the game "Basque pelota," which originated in the Basque region in Northern Spain and Southern France. It can be played in either singles or doubles on a half court blocked by a wall. The game is played by using a "cesta," which is like a lacrosse stick, to throw a ball towards the wall at higher and higher speeds to the opposing team. The team that cannot return the serve does not get the point, like in racquetball.
Infrastructure and Transportation
Roads, Highways, and Railways
Mexico has an extensive road network that connects nearly every urban location in the country. There is a sufficient number of roads, and generally free-flowing traffic in nearly all locations. The interstate highways 95, 15, 150, and 85 all lead out of the city to further located venues, such as the sailing events in Acapulco.
The Mexico City International Airport is the airport closest to all of the main venues and events. This will most likely be the busiest airport in use. This airport serves nearly all countries in North and South America, Spain, France, Germany, Britain, China and Japan. It is becoming an increasingly better airport and is very good at directing air traffic. This airport is recommended for anyone flying in due to its connectedness with the main highways.
Culture Pt. 3
By this list, venues are still required for:
We hope you all have enjoyed your inside look at the cultural history, beautiful landscapes, and friendly people that make La Ciudad de Mexico the best possible candidate for the 2024 Olympic Games! Thank you all for being such a great committee, and remember,
you have to live it, to believe it.
Economics Pt. 3
Continuing Profits from After the Olympics
From 1932 to 1984, not one Olympics host country made a profit off of hosting the Olympic Games. However, since then, most host countries have had huge profits. As the London 2012 Olympics earned back all the $15 billion they spent
made over $80 million in profit, the Mexico City 2024 Olympics are expected to have "Olympic-sized" profit margins.
As Olympics' host cities are put into an extremely positive light all around the world, the profit flow will not end once the Olympics is over. Sports venues will continue to be used for major games and events, tourists will flock by the millions to visit the many beautiful attractions of Mexico City and surrounding areas, and the city/country will continue to make hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Culture Pt. 1
Over 10,000 years of rich history.
Olmecs: first Mesoamerican civilization.
Next arose the Mayans, Zapotec, Totonec, and the Teotihuán.
The Mayans were the most dominant culture, centered in the Yucatán Peninsula. They excelled in pottery, heiroglyph writing, calendar making, and mathematics. The Mayans were later succeded by Toltec.
Aztecs - 1325-1521
Situated in Mexico's central valley
Found settlement in Tenochtitclán; guided by Huitzilopochtli
First emporer: Itzcoatl
Early forms of currency: cacoa beans and lengths of woven cloth
Hernán Cortés and his men take over Tenochtitclan and build Mexico City on its ruins.
Investment Freedom in Mexico vs. the World Average
Current Currency: Mexico Peso
145.35 ESP ----> 1 USD
USD for all transactions
ATMs available near stadiums/major venues for monetary transactions from Euros, Pounds, etc. to USD
Steadily increasing GDP growth rate
11% of labor force in agriculture
33% of labor force in industry
56% of labor force in services
$370.8 billion in imports
$370.9 billion in exports
Main import/export partners - the US, China, and Japan
Mayans - 600 A.D.
Government Spending in Mexico vs. World Average
Economics Pt. 2
Compared to past Olympics' costs of $40 billion or more, the Mexico City 2024 Olympic Games are expected to be much cheaper, at only around $15-20 billion. This, conveniently, poses no major problems to the Mexican economy, as the GDP is over $1 trillion, and the country's debt is significantly smaller than other countries' debts. Mexico will certainly not be faced with the issue of Olympic debt, as some other unfortunate countries have.
The Mexican Flag
The Mexican flag has three vertical bands of color in green, white, and red.
In the middle, one can see the Mexican Coat of Arms, which depicts an eagle with a snake in its beak and talons, perching proudly on a pear cactus.
The colors each represent something different: hope (green), unity (white), and the blood of national heroes (red).
Cost of the Games
(La Plaza de la Constitucion)
Many rental options are available including apartments, condos, houses, mobile homes, and vacation rentals.
Staying in a hostel is another very popular option as it is comparatively cheaper than staying in a hotel and it encourages social interaction between guests. Costs range from roughly $10 to $35 per night. Some of the most popular and highly rated hostels imclude the Mexico City Hostel and the Hostel Cathedral, which are both just 0.5 km away from the city center. The nightly rate is about $15, although prices are expected to rise for the duration of the Olympics.
Soccer is Mexico's most popular sport; its matches always have spectators, both in the stadium and in front of the TV.
In 2006, there were over 324,000 registered players and 8,155,000 unregistered players in the Mexico.
In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Mexico beat Brazil in the finals, winning their first gold medal in soccer.
One additional stadium will be constructed for the National Autonomous University of Mexico for the remaining sports from the list below. The cost for the stadium will be covered by the university because the additional stadium will benefit their sports program (after the Olympic Games) by widening their variety of sports offered and giving them tons of publicity.
Financial Freedom in Mexico vs. World Average
Mexico has provided the most amateur and professional world champion boxers in the world.
Mexico has won 12 total olympic medals in boxing, making it the sport with the second highest total of olympic medals in the country.
Hosting an Olympic Games requires many employees, and with over 40,000 construction workers required, over 100,000 contractors, and 200,000 general staff, an Olympic Games provides up to 350,000 new job opportunities for residents of the host country. Although these jobs only last for the duration of the Games, they look extremely good on the resumes of those who apply for different jobs after the conclusion of the Games.
Although futbol is undoubtedly the most popular sport in Mexico, basketball is beginning to rise in popularity, not to mention success.
The Mexico national basketball team won 1st place in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.
Mexico will host the 2015 Americas Basketball Championship.
There is also an increasing number of homeowners who live near Olympic stadiums who are putting their houses up for rent. Websites have developed to help with these rentals. Fees to use the websites typically vary from $25 (to list a property) to $170. The homeowner and client will typically agree on a price.
Since its origin in the mid-1800s in Mexico, baseball has risen to be one of the most popular sports in the country.
In Mexico, the sport is played professionally in a 16-team league in the summer and a 8-team league in the winter.
There is even a Mexican Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.
Charreada is known as the national sport of Mexico. There are nine men's events and one women's event, and all rely on the player's ability to handle a horse properly. The horse must be expertly trained to follow the player's instructions to fighting the bull in the arena.
Jai Alai would be held in a large sports arena located near the Monument of the Revolution, a tourist location where you can spend your time before, after, or during breaks in the jai alai events.
Charreada would be held in the Plaza Mexico, the world's largest bullring. It boasts a very high seating capacity of 41,262 for the many thousands of fans of the rodeo sport.
Exhibition Sports Pt. 2
Day of the Dead
Oct. 31-Nov. 2
Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe
Cinco de Mayo
We will build our main Olympic Village in the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Approximately $1.5 billion will be put into the construction of the village, which will be around 5 minutes away from the Olympic Academic Stadium (the main stadium) by car and 20 minutes away by foot.
The village will include twenty 12-story buildings and twenty 10-story buildings. There will be a total of 4,000 apartments and 18,000 beds for the 10,500 athletes and additional Olympic officials. Around 3,000 security forces will also be roomed in the village. The university campus itself has an internal surveillance group, emergency medical station, and a fire station. A 160,000 sq. ft. dining hall, which will be able to serve around 5,000 athletes at any given time will be built. An open courtyard and plaza with various stores and restaurants surrounding it and a 100,000 sq. ft. entertainment complex will be built as well. After the Olympics, the buildings will serve as student housing units and university centers.
Lucha Libre (Free Wrestling)
Lucha libre is a form of professional wrestling in Mexico that is characterized by vivid, colorful masks and aerial techniques.
It has been popular in Mexico since 1933.
Lucha libre wrestlers are called "luchadores."
Sport: Association Football
Nickname: Chicharito (little pea)
First Mexican player to join Manchester United
Joint-second highest goalscorer of all-time in Mexico national team
Julio César Chávez
Considered to be the greatest Mexican fighter of all time
Six-time world champion in three weight divisions
Second Mexican-born NBA player ever
First Mexican-born NBA draft pick
Nickname: "El Toro"
Set off "Fernandomania" in the '80s
Only player in MLB history to win the Rookie of the Year award and the Cy Young Award in the same season
Approximately $2 billion will be spent on security measures. In addition to the heightened number of military-grade security personnel, the $2 billion will include the costs of double-fencing, cameras, motion detectors, bio-hazard detectors, food testing, mail testing, screening, IT security, and air security.
Óscar Gutiérrez Rubio
Nickname: Rey Mysterio
Three-time world champion in WWE
Brought lucha libre to WWE
Palacio Nacional (The National Palace)
Catedral Metropolitana (The Metropolitan Cathedral)
The Catedral Metropolitana is located on the north side of the Zócalo.
It has four faces, two bell towers, a crypt, and sixteen chapels (fourteen of which are open to the public).
As a result of a number of re-constructions throughout history, it exhibits an fascinating blend of architectural styles from different time periods.
As the main center of the old Aztec capital and the heart of Mexico City's historic center, the Zócalo is the best way to begin a tour of Mexico City. It hosts countless celebrations and cultural events throughout the year, and it is one of the largest squares in the world, taking up the whole city block.
There are a multitude of available luxury hotels; among the top-rated are the St. Regis Mexico City Hotel, the Live Aqua México City Hotel & Spa, and the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F., a;; of which are located less than 7 miles away from the Olympic Stadium.
G4S, the world's largest security company, will be contracted for $300 million to provide venue security. They will provide roughly 10,000 general staff members. Approximately 55,000 total security forces will be on duty during the Olympics, including 17,000 military troops. Roughly 25,000 forces and an additional 2,000 volunteers are expected to be for venue security alone. Meanwhile, 2,000 forces will aid in specialized work, such as bomb detection and disposal and search teams. Some of these forces will also be dispatched to Acapulco.
All vehicles leaving and entering the Olympic zones will be subject to searches.
Rail systems and nearby airports will have increased security personnel and security checks.
Three surface-to-air missile sites will be set up at checkpoints near the mountains surrounding Mexico City.
Cyber-security groups will secure the networks against electronic attacks and monitor for any suspicious online activity.
The Mexican Air Force will deploy helicopters and additional aircraft to patrol the airspace.
Unmanned drone fleets will be dispatched.
The Olympic Village will be closely monitored by security forces, and police units will perform constant patrol sweeps.
All visitors entering Olympic areas and venues must have proper identification and must go through physical screenings and searches.
The Mexican Navy will provide coastal patrol at Acapulco.
Detailed Security Measures
"Teotihuacan" means "the place where the gods were created." This city is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Mexico City.
It was the 6th largest city in the world during its epoch.
It is the most visited archaeological site in Mexico, and even showcases some of the most developed art among the classic civilizations of Mexico. As archaelogical site, it is known for its exaction sites as well.
Places of interest: Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon, and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl (also known as the Temple of the Feathered Serpent).
El Palacio de Bellas Artes (The Fine Arts Palace)
El Palacio de Bellas Artes is located 7 blocks from the Zócalo.
Theater, visual arts, dance, music, architecture, and literature are all hosted here. In fact It is the main venue of the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico.
The Palace is the host of two museums:
The Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Palace Museum) is on the first floor.
The Museo Nacional de Arquitectura (National Architecture Museum) is on the second floor.
There are grand murals on the walls on the first and second floors by some of Mexico's greatest artists (e.g. Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and Rufino Tamayo).
One of its best features is the glass curtain in its main theater.
The Palacio Nacional is located on the east side of the Zócalo.
The walls are covered by the murals of the famous artist Diego Rivera; they depict the history of Mexico.
Places to visit in the National Palace include the Treasury, the historical presidents' quarters, and the botanical garden.
Two of the best hotels in Acapulco are the Banyan Tree Cabo Marques and Encanto Acapulco, which are, respectively, just 4.2 miles and 3.2 miles away from the bay where the sailing races will be held.
First and only Mexican golfer to be ranked number one in the world
Top-ranked female golfer for 3 years
Thus, considered the best Mexican golfer of all time
Acapulco Olympic Village
The 1968 Olympic sailing events were held in Acapulco. The Caleta Hotel was used as a smaller Olympic Village, and it housed about 500 athletes and trainers. The same location will be used for the 2024 Olympics, and around $15 million will be used to renovate the hotel.
In order to improve Mexico City's air quality, over the next eight years, new initiatives will be put into place that will limit the fossil fuel output of refineries. $4 million will be put into rooftop gardens, which help purify the air and have already been shown to be effective. Another $20 million will go towards expanding and improving the city's low-emissions Metro system and the EcoBici system, which is a public bike rental system. Refineries will also be moved to locations outside the city and buses will be improved to be cleaner.
Additionally, stricter environmental regulations will be imposed on the business sector and new fuel efficiency standards will be imposed on all vehicles. Power plants will be required to use scrubber systems, and thousands of trees will be planted in and around the city.
The current trash-for-food clean-up program, a program in which recyclable materials are exchanged for points which can then be used to buy organic food and other products, will be expanded over the course of the next eight years to encourage recycling.
However, if the highways aren't a viable method of transportation for you and someone you know, then you can utilize rail systems that provide quick access to nearby cities, including the tourist destinations you might want to visit if you aren't attending an Olympic event on a certain day.
Olympic sponsorship is a very important part of the Olympic Games. Large corporations invest hundreds of millions of dollars into advertisements during the Olympics. These companies help pay for up to 40% of the cost of the Olympics. The rest of the cost, as stated above, will be easily paid for by Mexico's government.
Procter & Gamble
Virtual Street Map
We will fund private organizations that own the existing luxury hotels to expand the lodging capacity of nearly every hotel in order to accomodate the tourists. We are willing to spend up to $1 billion on funding.
Piñatas at birthday parties
Día de los Tres Reyes Magos
Variety and Origins
There is a great variety in Mexican food, with incredible differentiation between states and regions. The origins of traditional Mexican food date back to Aztec civilizations and their processes of preparing dishes. In 2010, Mexican cuisine was included in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List by UNESCO.