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Monday 29 of November 2021

Diplomatic Ladies Cash in on Discounted Prices

Jamaican Ambassador Sandra Anita Grant Griffiths checks out some of the pre-Buen Fin sales items,photo: The News/Thérèse Margolis
Jamaican Ambassador Sandra Anita Grant Griffiths checks out some of the pre-Buen Fin sales items,photo: The News/Thérèse Margolis
Buen Fin began in 2010 as a way to promote sales for local small businesses and is held each year during the Nov. 20 long weekend


A group of diplomatic ladies got an early start on the Buen Fin sales weekend (Mexico’s answer to Black Friday) and their holiday shopping with an outing on Thursday, Nov. 17, to the Premium Outlets Punta Norte (POPN) mall, just north of Mexico City.

Seen here, from left to right, are Jamaican Ambassador Sandra Anita Grant Griffiths, Yoke Duckwitz, Nergish Weisberg, Yudith Schneider, Nicaraguan Ambassador Tamara Hawkins de Brenes, Aya Idmail, Vietnamese Ambassador Le Linh Lan and Tania Brenes. Photo: The News/Thérèse Margolis

The group — which included Jamaican Ambassador Sandra Anita Grant Griffiths, Vietnamese Ambassador Le Linh Lan and Nicaraguan Ambassador Tamara Hawkins de Brenes and her daughter Tania Brenes — were the guests of the POPN marketing director Carolina Juárez Ceballos and the L’Oreal Beauty Store.

The diplomatic ladies group — which also included Aya Idmail, wife of Egyptian Ambassador to Mexico Yasser Mohamed Ahmed Shaban; Yudith Schneider, wife of World Bank International Finance Corporation Director Norbert Schneider; Yoke Duckwitz, wife of former German Ambassador to Mexico Edmund Duckwitz; and Nergish Weisberg, wife of former U.S. Ambassador to the Congo Robert Weisberg — were offered a light brunch on arrival at the outlets, and were given a goodie bag and VIP discount coupons from the participating outlets stores.

Buen Fin (which literally translates to “Good Weekend”) began in 2010 as a way to promote sales for local small businesses and is held each year during the Nov. 20 long weekend.

Nicaraguan Ambassador Tamara Hawkins de Brenes, left, and her daughter, Tania Brenes, center, chat with POPN marketing director Carolina Juárez Ceballos. Photo: The News/Thérèse Margolis

Nov. 20 is a national holiday that commemorates the conflict that constituted the start of the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

Originally, the Buen Fin weekend was a Mexico City initiative, but the idea soon spread nationwide, with more than 70,000 Mexican businesses participating in this year’s four-day sale, which ran from Friday, Nov. 18, through Monday, Nov. 21.

In addition to offering slashed prices on sales items, the participating merchants also extended payment plans with interest-free, long-term installments in order to entice consumers.

And to help spur spending this year, Mexico City government employees received a partial advance on their December Christmas bonuses so that they would have cash to take advantage of the Buen Fin sales.

Seen here, from left to right, are Yudith Schneider, Aya Idmail and Yoke Duckwitz. Photo: The News/Thérèse Margolis

According to Mexico City officials and private sector business leaders, despite the cold and rainy weather, the blowout this year brought in about 22.5 billion pesos in sales of goods and services, up 5 percent from 2015.

That figure represents about a quarter of all expected spending for the 2016 fiscal year, according to Humberto Lozano Avilés, president of the Mexico City Chamber of Commerce (Conaco).

During the sixth edition of the Buen Fin weekend, the top sellers were clothing and shoes, as well as big-ticket items such as plasma television sets and other home appliances, Conaco reported.


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