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Radio Guest List–Villa del Palmar Cancun–June 30, 2012

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When it comes to Cancun, many think of it as tourist city, but did you know that the city originated as a Mayan village? This week, Peter Greenberg Worldwide heads south of the border to the Villa Del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa. Find out about Mayan history and culture in the area, the local’s guide to escaping the crowds and how the destination has changed over the past 20 years. Plus, we have the latest travel news on tourism spending in the United States, national parks stewardship and more.

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Featured guests include:

Iliana Rodriguez, former President for the Cancun’s Public Relations Association, Chief Communications Officer at Xcaret and Mayan expert, discusses Mayan history and culture in Cancun, as well as how Xcaret helps bring cultural activities to Cancun for visitors.

Mark Chester
, author and photographer at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, speaks about his book and exhibit, “Twosomes.”

Noel Cahill, an ex-pat from Ireland and local business owner, shares the story of what brought him to Cancun and offers his perspective on the best local experiences in a city known for partying.

Sarah Schlichter, editor for, shares her suggestions to help you figure out when to hire a tour guide and when to go it alone.

Manuel Lamadrid
, corporate communications director at Ekinox Travel, talks about how Cancun has changed over the past 20 years with the growth of airlines, eco-archaeological tours, online travel agencies and destination management companies.

Hugo Martin
, travel and tourism reporter for the Los Angeles Times, explores the reasons behind the surge in Americans traveling abroad and the increase in tourism spending in the United States.

Johnny Jet
, travel expert and editor in chief of, discusses his most recent trip to India, the most helpful travel websites and his worst airline passenger experience.

Randy Johnson, travel editor of National Parks Traveler and Trail Professional, shares how to mix travel with stewardship this summer and when it’s the right time to think about saying thanks and opening your wallet.

Christo Papaevangelou
, head chef at Villa del Palmar and former consulting chef for the  4-star Thalatta Seaside Hotel and Hotel Elatos Resort & Health Club, discusses bringing international cuisine into Mexico, some of his favorite dishes, and the difference between preparing food at a resort and cruise ship.

Manuel Bonilla
, chief concierge at Villa del Palmar, talks about the outdoor activities and attractions that make the area so special.

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