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What's New with Albuquerque, New Mexico Tourism

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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 up-to-date information on Albuquerque events. For a glimpse of what's new in the city, please view the articles below, and check out recent Albuquerque rankings and media coverage. For daily updates, visit our Latest News page with media releases from around Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Convention Center - (c) Robert Reck

Albuquerque Convention Center Completes $23 Million Renovation

The $23 million renovation of the Albuquerque Convention Center was completed in October as part of Mayor Richard Berry’s overall plan to reinvest in the future of the city. Phase one of the renovations included a newly designed ballroom and kitchen, and a new service corridor. The second phase featured a new entrance to the West Complex, a new entertainment deck off the ballroom, massive windows with panoramic views and a complete remodeling of the west building lower level atrium to include a fireplace.

In addition to the $23 million invested in the Albuquerque Convention Center, the city has offered more than $300 million in recent hospitality investments and planned developments including hotels, off-site venues and area attractions.

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City of Albuquerque plans 50-mile activity loop

On April 7, Mayor Richard J. Berry, with members of the League of American Bicyclists, broke ground on the first phase of the 50-Mile Activity Loop. The 50-Mile Activity Loop is the City of Albuquerque’s 50-mile, multi-use trail and bikeway facility, which fills the gaps in the existing trails and bikeways facilities. When complete, it will create a 50-mile bicycling, running and walking loop around the city.

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City of Albuquerque partners with Google to create open-space 'street views'

Climb Mount Fuji, explore the Egyptian pyramids at Giza, tour the Canadian Arctic and now discover Albuquerque’s most breathtaking Open Space lands.

The Albuquerque Open Space Division has partnered with Google to bring Google’s new Street View Trekker technology to places like Petroglyph National Monument and the Los Poblanos Field Trails.

“Albuquerque Open Space lands are world-class,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. “This is an innovative way to invite the world to enjoy our Open Space Areas that we have always been proud of.”

ABQ BioPark Twin Chimpanzees - (c) ABQ BioPark

ABQ BioPark Zoo Announces Names of Twin Chimpanzees

The ABQ BioPark Zoo welcomed two new chimpanzees late last year, and now we know their names. The twin male chimpanzees were born on November 4, 2014.  Last month, an online contest was held in which the public was asked to vote for their names from several options. The two winning names are Rio and Dezi.
Click here to watch a video of the twin chimpanzees shortly after birth.

Better Call Saul - (c) AMC

ABQ Trolley Co. Launches Saul Tour Of "Better Call Saul" Film Locations

From the creators of the BaD Tour, locally-owned sightseeing tour company, ABQ Trolley Co., is excited to announce that they will launch the first ever tour of film locations from the critically-acclaimed AMC TV series, "Better Call Saul." The Saul Tour, a "prequel" to ABQ Trolley Co.'s BaD Tour, will follow Jimmy McGill's transformation to "criminal" lawyer, Saul Goodman. The Saul Tour will debut on Sunday, April 26th at 10:00 a.m.

Los Poblanos Lavendar - (c) Mike Crane Photography

Albuquerque Chefs Receive National Recognition

In a nod to Albuquerque’s up and coming culinary scene, Chef Jonathan Perno from La Merienda at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm was selected as a semifinalist in the prestigious James Beard Award’s “Best Chef: Southwest” category for 2015.

Albuquerque chef Michael Giese has been named one of “40 under 40” chefs to watch by FSR (Full Service Restaurant) Magazine. The list recognizes the top chefs under 40 years of age who are up and coming in the full-service restaurant industry. Giese creates unique cuisine at Pueblo Harvest Café, which is located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and is the only New Mexico chef to be recognized on the list.

Valles Caldera - (c) Don Unser

Valles Caldera One of New National Parks

Valles Caldera will be one of seven new National Parks in 2015 during the National Park Service Centennial anniversary. Visitors can join in on the celebrations and visit this stunning Albuquerque destination filled with vast grasslands, the remnants of one of North America’s few super volcanoes, and one of New Mexico’s most famous elk herds.

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National Hispanic Cultural Center Exhibit: "MARCO! Celebrating Nuestro Maestro José Marcos Garcia"

Well-known to much of the Albuquerque community simply by how he signed his works, using only the name "MARCO," artist José Marcos Garcia carved political figures, popular heroes, santos, and so much more.  This exhibition, MARCO! Celebrating the Legacy of Nuestro Maestro José Marcos Garcia, brings together over 100 works by the local artist who sold his art for years at the Albuquerque flea market and the Spanish Village at the State Fair.  Borrowed from the private collections of local fans, the exhibition celebrates the fondness the city of Albuquerque had for this artist, and reveals his legacy for the first time.

This exhibition is part of On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design, a citywide collaboration involving over 20 organizations and celebrating the artistic history and cultural legacy of the Middle Rio Grande Valley.  

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Notable Rankings:

Best Cities for Food Snobs, Travel + Leisure, March 2015

Top 10 most wildlife-friendly cities in the USA, USA Today, March 2015

20 Quirkiest Cities in America, Travel + Leisure, March 2015

March Travel Picks, 10Best, February 2015

Top Mid-Sized American City to Visit, World Property Journal, January 2015

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