TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS teamed with the adults-only Excellence Resorts in Mexico and in the Dominican Republic for a Tropical Ice Giveaway promotion for travel agents. Under the promotion, agents will earn a $25 American Express Gift Cheque bonus for every three stays of seven nights booked at Excellence Playa Mujeres or Excellence Riviera Cancun. Agents who book five stays at either of the properties will earn a $50 American Express Gift Cheque bonus. Bookings must be made by April 30 for travel May 1 to Dec. 15. Seven-night package rates start at $1,119 per person, double. Call (800) 284-0044 or visit www.travelimpressions.com.
PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is offering free accommodations, meals and activities for kids age 12 and younger at participating resorts in Mexico. Families must travel June 1 to Aug. 15. In addition, families will receive a $25 per person golf credit at Vallarta Palace and a Palace Resorts Passport, which includes a $50 per person golf credit, a $15 per person spa credit and a $15 car rental credit at all Palace Resorts in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Three-night, air-inclusive family vacations start at $879 from Washington at Palace Resorts in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantagent.com.
THE 209-ROOM MARQUIS REFORMA hotel in Mexico City is offering guests a chance to experience the capital city's culture and archaeological attractions. The hotel's Mexico City Sampler package costs $370 per night, double, through Dec. 31. It includes a one-bedroom suite; daily breakfast; bottled water and fresh fruit daily; early check-in and late checkout; and one of three excursion options. The excursions are a trek to the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan and a visit to the Basilica de Guadalupe; Saturday shopping at the Bazar Sabado and a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum; and a half-day tour of the city's top attractions. Call (800) 235-2387 or visit www.marquisreforma.com.
• American Eagle on April 7 launched daily, nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and Tampico, Mexico. The service is being operated aboard a 44-seat Embraer jet. The new route brings to 15 the number of cities that American flies to in Mexico. The outbound flight departs Dallas at 6:55 p.m. and arrives in Tampico at 9:05 p.m. The return flight departs Tampico at 7:30 a.m. and arrives in Dallas at 9:50 a.m.
• Mexicana said it accepted an invitation to join the Oneworld alliance. The process is expected to take up to 18 months to complete, during which time Mexicana said it will "adapt key internal processes necessary to conform to Oneworld requirements." Among other things, Mexicana must link its IT system to those of its Oneworld partners and carry out an extensive employee-training program. Mexicana's subsidiary, Click Mexicana, will also join the alliance. Mexicana and Click will add 26 destinations to the Oneworld network, including 24 in Mexico.
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