Barbara Kastelein has lived in Mexico for 12 years as correspondent and writer for a large variety of publications, both foreign and Mexican.

She is author of the book Mexico Chic: hotels, haciendas, spas (Bolding Books, London, 2003; Grupo Océano, in Spanish, 2004; second edition, November 2007) and of the chapter “The Beach and Beyond: Three Vignettes of Dreams, Decadence and Defense” on the anthropology of tourism in Mexico, in the book Holiday in México: Historical Perspectives on Tourism and Tourist Encounters (2008, Duke University Press, USA).

In 2007 Barbara researched and wrote a book about the history and culture of hospitality and bicultural relations in Acapulco, focusing on the Hotel Fairmont Pierre Marques, for the 50th Anniversary of the hotel (The Pierre Marques, Acapulco: Remembering the past, celebrating the present and embracing the future, July 2007).

She is contributing writer for the coffee table guidebook to Mexico 52 fines de Semana (Editorial Mapas, 2007 and 2005) and between 1999 and 2005 she worked on updating seven guidebooks with Fodor’s Travel Publications (Random House, NY), one with Moon Handbooks (Avalon Travel Publishers) and she is also co-author of the second edition of the guidebook México: Health and Safety Travel Guide (MedToGo, USA, March 2007). At the end of 2007 she wrote “Places of a Lifetime” on Mexico City for National Geographic Traveler (due for publication in spring 2008).

Until the end of 2006, when she decided to dedicate herself full time to her book projects, production and consultancy work (Discovery Channel, TV Globo, BBC World), Barbara had a travel column in the magazine  bbmundo (Editorial Mapas, México D.F.) and wrote a weekly travel column “Travel Talk” from 2003 in the newspaper The Herald (international version of The Miami Herald, published in Mexico in Spanish with the newspaper El Universal).

To date, Barbara has published around 350 articles in more than 30 publications in Mexico and abroad (such as Voices of Mexico, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Times (London), The Observer, The Houston Chronicle and The Scotsman; Travesías, Business Mexico, Gato Pardo, El Universal, El Sur, The Herald), various on the history of Acapulco, and on the show, the history and the culture of the Clavadistas de La Quebrada (Acapulco Cliff Divers) as an icon of tourism development in Mexico and of international relations between Mexico and the outside world.

Now, in addition to her continued work in journalism, she is completing her current book projects, writing the memoirs of Mr. Ron Lavender in Acapulco and producing, researching and writing her project, “Héroes del Pacífico”, due to be the first ever book on the history of the Acapulco Cliff Divers.

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