TIANGUIS TIMES: The
30th annual Tourism Tianguis trade show held April 10 to 13 in
Acapulco did better than ever, attracting 40% more participants
than expected, said organizers. Some 427 Mexican and 859
international buyers met with 2,080 local sellers of travel over
the course of the four-day event. In developing news from Tianguis,
the Mexican government said it would invest $18 million in the
Habitat Tourist Cities program to renew 25 top destinations.
Meanwhile, federal tourism real estate development agency Fonatur
added 2,175 acres in the Nayarit state, north of Puerto Vallarta,
as its sixth regional tourism development project, after Cancun,
Huatulco, Ixtapa, Loreto and Los Cabos. Fonatur expects 1 million
visitors annually in Nayarit by the time the $1.1 billion
development project is finished in 2025. In addition, Fonatur also
is busy furnishing Baja California with 16 nautical ports, a
cross-peninsula land bridge connecting two of six coastal centers
under development, and five new tourism routes -- all by April
SEAT: Click Mexicana (www.clickmx.com), a
low-cost airline owned by Mexicana, takes flight in July serving
nine Mexican cities from Mexico City ... Continental Airlines (www.continental.com) launches service from Los
Angeles to Durango and Queretaro in Mexico as of June 9 ...
Low-fare carrier Spirit Airlines (www.spiritair.com) started year-round, non-stop
service to Cancun from Detroit as of April 8, its first such
international service out of the Motor City.
STORY: The eight-year-old, all-inclusive Riu Yucatan (www.riu.com) resort in Playa del Carmen closes
for a $10 million rehab of its restaurants, public spaces, pools
and 507 rooms from April through a scheduled July reopening ...
Westin Hotels and Resorts (www.westin.com) is spending
$12 million rolling out new WestinWORKOUT Powered by Reebok fitness
facilities in 53 Westin hotels in North America, including the
Westin Resort and Spa, Puerto Vallarta; Westin Resort and Spa,
Cancun; and Westin Golf and Resort, Los Cabos. The program also
includes new 20-, 40- and 60-minute workout programs for guests ...
One&Only Palmilla (www.oneandonlyresorts.com) in Los Cabos is
offering 30% off Summer Break stays -- plus free daily breakfast
and a round of golf for two -- June 1 to Oct. 15, if booked and
paid in full by May 30.
AWAY: Private villas with a capacity of eight, including
several at the Four Seasons resort, in rapidly developing Punta
Mita -- on the Pacific just north of Puerto Vallarta -- are now for
rent through Punta Mita Properties (www.puntamitaproperties.com; (888) 647-0979) for
$2,000 to $4,000 per day, plus a 10% service fee. Punta Mita also
boasts a private beach club for renters and a 19-hole championship
EDUCATION: Aeromexico Vacations is promoting its re-launch
and new affiliation with Travel Impressions to Massachusetts agents
at three breakfast and dinner seminars -- co-hosted by partners
Fiesta Americana Hotels and Resorts, Palace Resorts and Sol Melia
Hotels and Resorts -- on April 26. The seminars run from 7:30 a.m.
to 9 a.m. at both the Sheraton Braintree Hotel, in Braintree,
Mass., and the Sheraton Colonial Hotel and Golf Club, Wakefield,
Mass.; and later from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sheraton
Framingham in Framingham, Mass. To register, call Allen Freeman at
(800) 888-1881 or send an e-mail to [email protected].