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What's New with Albuquerque, New Mexico Tourism

Each season, the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau updates our visitors and friends regarding new and exciting changes and additions to our many New Mexico attractions. We also provide our community with updated information on Albuquerque events. For a review of recent news, please view the articles below. Albuquerque rankings and media coverage are also updated regularly. For daily updates, visit our Latest News page with media releases from around Albuquerque.

Recent media mentions for Albuquerque

"Your Adventure in Albuquerque" in Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine, December 2013

"New Mexico Posole" on the Barefeet in the Kitchen blog, December 2013 (recipe included)

"Get Away: Albuquerque" on, October 2013

"The heat is on in Albuquerque" on, September 2013

10 Wine Regions to Visit for Harvest - the Rio Grande Valley is recognized on this national list, August 2013

"Green chile heaven in New Mexico" on, June 2013

"Soothe by the Southwest" in the New York Post, May 2103

"10 Terrific Places to taste tea" on, May 2013 named Albuquerque among the Top 10 Urban Destinations For Nature-Lovers, May 2013

"Only in Albuquerque" on, May 2013

Where to find the season's best beer festivals, USA Today Dispatches travel blog, April 2013

Albuquerque is America's Best City for Travelers with Pets Huffington Post, April 2013

Gathering of Nations mentioned in Dallas Morning News regional happenings, April 2013

Albuquerque travel guide: Top attractions New York Daily News, April 2013

ABQ BioPark Zoo Welcomes Four Tasmanian DevilsABQ BioPark Tasmanian Devils

On December 18, two females and two males arrived from Healesville Sanctuary in Australia. The animals are part of a conservation program to save Tasmanian devils from extinction. "Tasmanian devils are endangered, and we're joining other conservation facilities in an effort to secure a healthy future for the species," said Rick Janser, Director of the ABQ BioPark. Read more.

O'Niells Breaking Bad Blue CocktailO'Neill's Irish Pub Concocts New Breaking Bad-Themed Cocktail

Beginning September, 18th, O'Neill's Irish Pub in Albuquerque will be serving up Breaking Blue, a new cocktail designed in honor of the epic TV series, Breaking Bad. The drink is made with Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka, lemonade and Blue Curacao and finished with a crystal blue sugar rim.

'Bikes and Brews' Puts Fresh Spin on Craft Beer in AlbuquerqueBikeBrew

Albuquerque was ranked as one of the Top 10 American Cities that Brew the Best Beer in 2013, as well as one of the "Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities," so its only natural that a new, exciting, and unique bicycle tour was created. ‘Bikes and Brews’ creates an experience that combines the spectacular scenery of Albuquerque’s bike paths with professionally guided beer tastings and VIP tours. This tour is a custom, eco-friendly, safe way to sample and learn about Albuquerque’s burgeoning beer scene, take in its beautiful scenery, and meet new people in the process. Learn more.

Albuquerque BioPark welcomes baby elephant ABQ BioPark Baby Elephant Jazmine

An Asian elephant named ‘Jazmine’ was born at 12:37 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2013. Zoo guests threw an elephant baby shower on Nov. 2, donating gifts and dollars toward her care. The calf is part of a unique multi-generation herd that includes her mother Rozana (Rozie), grandmother Alice and four-year-old sister Daizy. An unrelated female, Irene, is also part of the herd. Jazmine’s father Samson and Albert, another young male, can be seen in yards adjacent to the females. Learn more about Jazmine.

Breaking Bad continues to inspire travel to Albuquerque


The popular television series Breaking Bad is putting Albuquerque in the spotlight for travelers from around the world.Businesses in Albuquerque are recognizing this new audience and developing some creative products and experiences inspired by the show appeasing visitors looking for an "on-location" vacation. Many Albuquerque business owners have taken advantage of the show’s popularity to create a variety Breaking Bad visitor offerings from trolley and bike tours of the locations to candies, donuts and bath salts.

See complete details on these product and tour offerings in the release or at

American Airlines now offers jet flights from ABQ to Chicago

Effective immediately, American Airlines announced they would fly large regional jets on their route from Albuquerque to Chicago O'Hare. There will be three flights daily between ABQ and ORD. The 76 passenger jets, 12 in first class and 20 main cabin seating with extra room were chosen to help offer customers more choices to match market demand. Learn more. 

Neon Signs continue to make Route 66 iconic

Mayor Berry signed legislation for Neon Sign Design Overlay Zone. Under this new legislation, Mayor Berry has agreed that neon sign permit fees may be waived, making the process of installing an iconic neon sign much simpler. With a Route 66 Plan underway this is one of the many things planned to bring the “Mother Road” back and make it a destination for visitors and a great place for locals. Now up and down Central Avenue, businesses can showcase iconic images that they identify with allowing them to create a great sense of place.

Priceline recognizes Albuquerque as America’s Most Pet-Friendly City for Travelers

Bring your friends, family and pets to Albuquerque! Albuquerque has been named by as the No. 1 place in America for people traveling with their pets. This ranking comes as a result of the city’s high number of pet-friendly hotels, off-leash dog parks and overall walkability. Learn more.

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town transforms restaurant

The Hotel Albuquerque is now home to Garduños Restaurant & Cantina. Beginning in summer 2013, Garduños at Old Town will feature a new, serene, outdoor patio with water features including a grand scale fountain and two waterfalls. The inside seating area comfortably accommodates 200 guests, and is decorated with custom New Mexican and Mexican décor and artwork. The new restaurant is offering five different tequila flights, two margarita flights, two beer flights and New Mexican wine flights for a truly New Mexican dining experience. View the renovations details here and view menus here.

Nativo Lodge unveils artist guest rooms

Nativo Lodge, a Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc. hotel, commissioned four Native American contemporary artists to transform guestrooms into works of art. This bold artist room project is the first of its kind in New Mexico. Nativo Lodge partnered with Southwestern Association for Indian Arts to select these featured artists through a juried submission process. Four artist rooms were unveiled in May 2013. These artist guest rooms, designed by emerging Native American artists, are deeply rooted in cultural traditions but express themselves in surprising ways. Photos available on Flickr.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center now offering a shuttle

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) is now offering a courtesy shuttle service (15 seats) between the IPCC, Old Town Albuquerque and three hotels (Holiday Inn Express Old Town, Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town and Embassy Suites). The shuttle runs Friday through Sunday and is an excellent offering during free time in Old Town during tours.

Sadie’s of New Mexico opens new locations

Sadie’s family-owned restaurant has grown from one woman’s passion for great food and service to a world-famous restaurant serving hundreds of people each day. They have recently expanded to four locations – the newest opened on Academy Boulevard in June 2013.

$22 Million renovation coming for Albuquerque Convention Center

In addition to recent renovations at the Albuquerque Convention Center, the complex is undergoing a $22 million facelift. The Albuquerque Convention Center will soon have a new look that better represents the unique architectural elements of our region.

The preliminary designs include:

  • a new exterior façade
  • complete remodeling of the ballroom
  • a new entertainment deck in the ballroom
  • massive windows with panoramic views
  • the west building lower level atrium will be completely remodeled to include a fireplace
  • complete kitchen renovation

The project will be phased to allow for ongoing convention and meeting business. Phase I of the project broke ground in February 2013 and was completed in July 2013.  Phase II broke ground in October 2013 and is scheduled for completion in summer 2014.

In addition to the $22 million being invested in the Albuquerque Convention Center, the city offers more than $300 million in recent hospitality investments and planned developments including hotels, off-site venues and area attractions. Get the details online

Albuquerque in the national spotlight

  • Among Top 25 Places to Go in 2013 by Fodor’s Travel
  • 2012 Top 10 Value City in the U.S. 
  • Among best fall trips for 2012 by National Geographic, LuxeInACity and 
  • One of the Top 10 In-Demand October Getaways 
  • One of the 25 Best Places to Retire 
  • Yahoo!: Top West Coast Destination for Senior Travel 
  • Men’s Fitness Magazine: 3rd on a list of the 25 Fittest Cities 
  • Huffington Post: 10 Best US Cities For Local Food 
  • U.S. News: One of the Ten Best Places to Retire Under 40K 
  • AmericanStyle Magazine: 7th on a list of their Top 25 Big Cities for Art 
  • One of the Top 20 Cities for 20-Somethings 
  • Sunset Magazine: Paseo Del Bosque Trail ranked as a Top 10 City Bike Ride 
  • 4th on a list of Top 10 Cities for Families 
  • 8th on a list of their Top Ten Pet Friendly Cities 

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