Fox News Latino - Four wetlands in Mexico have been added to the list of protected areas under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty on the conservation and sustainable use of these ecosystems, making Mexico No. 2 in terms of protected areas.
Sentido Comun - PLA Industrial Properties, a subsidiary of U.S. Prudential Financial, gained a revolving credit line of 1.105 billion pesos ($98.91 million) to carry out investment in Mexico. The company did not disclose the financial institution granting the credit.
Fox News - InterContinental Hotels Group will invest $500 million in Mexico over the next three years to build 47 hotels with a total of 5,000 rooms, said the office of Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who has declared 2011 the Year of Tourism in Mexico.
Sentido Comun - Mexico City's government estimated that companies will invest about $200 million to build 12 new hotels in the capital. Among the properties are the Sheraton, Hotel Quinta Real Polanco Suites, Park Hyatt and the Camino Real.
Sentido Comun - IXE Financial Group has acquired the remaining stake of 49.9 percent in specialized intermediary Fincasa of Deutsche Bank to increase its presence in the mortgage industry. The companies did not disclose financial details of the transaction.
PRNewswire - Casas GEO, Mexico's leading affordable entry-level housing developer, announced the commencement of a project in Tabasco, expanding its presence across 19 Mexican states. The project will provide 13,000 houses.
SFGate - An array of Mexican companies are joining forces to promote living and real estate investment in Mexico. The companies hope to combat the negative media, security concerns and perception challenges that have faced Mexico the past year.
Dow Jones - Mexico's government-run housing fund Infonavit said Thursday it made 475,072 mortgage loans in 2010, up 6.2 percent from 2009, narrowly beating its base target of 475,000. The amount of the loans totaled 156 billion pesos ($12.7 billion.)
UPI - Protesters were allowed Monday onto a beach on Jalisco's coast that has been sealed off since August. State police took over the beach after a judge ruled that 50 families were illegally occupying land where a businessman wants to build a resort.
UPI - The Grand Riviera Princess Hotel in Playa del Carment where five Canadian tourists were killed in a gas explosion has been fined $481,000 for failure to report modifications to its propane installation. The fine was not part of the official investigation.