Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: April 25, 2007

HYATT WILL RETURN TO MEXICO CITY after an absence of more than 20 years when the Park Hyatt Mexico City-Reforma opens in 2009. The luxury, 150-room hotel, the first Park Hyatt in Mexico, will open in the Capital Reforma development, a new, multiuse complex of office space, shops and high-end residences. The hotel will feature two restaurants, a lounge and bar, a two-floor spa and ample meetings space. It will be managed by Hyatt and developed by GICSA, a Mexico-based real estate development firm. Hyatt officials said the Park Hyatt Mexico City-Reforma is the first in a series of new properties the company is planning to add to its Mexico portfolio during the next few years in both city and beach locations. Hyatt International operates five hotels in Acapulco, Cancun, Merida and Villahermosa.

GOGO WORLDWIDE VACATIONS launched its annual Mexico Extravaganza promotion, featuring 145 resorts in 12 destinations. The promotion includes such money-saving offers as free nights, free accommodations and meals for kids and resort credits for such things as golf, spa treatments and meals. Seven-night packages start at $529 per person, double, at the NH Krystal Cancun, including roundtrip air from Miami and airport transfers. Mexico Extravaganza packages are available for booking through May 7 for travel April 25 to Dec. 20. To book or for information, call (800) 229-4999 or visit www.gogowwv.com.

STARWOOD VACATION OWNERSHIP, a division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, said it broke ground on its second Westin-branded vacation ownership property in Mexico, the Westin Los Cabos Ocean Villas. The property will feature 64 two-bedroom villas and feature signature Westin amenities including Heavenly Beds, a fitness facility, restaurant and pools. Starwood Vacation Ownership has two other resorts under development in Mexico, the Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort in Cancun and the St. Regis Residence Club, Punta Mita.

THE CASA VELAS RESORT in Puerto Vallarta launched a free night promotion for guests who book and stay at least four nights through Dec. 20. The Free Night Stay promotion includes accommodations in a Master Suite or Grand Class Suite, one hydrotherapy treatment at the resort's spa and three daily meals. Rates start at $265 per person per night, double. To book or for information, call (866) 612-1097 or visit www.hotelcasavelas.com.

MEXICANA AIRLINES said it will launch nonstop service from Portland, Ore., to Mexico City, effective June 1. The service will be operated four times a week, departing Portland at 8 a.m. and arriving in Mexico City at 3:25 p.m. The return flight will depart Mexico City at 8:45 p.m. and arrive in Portland around midnight. Mexicana currently flies nonstop from Portland to Guadalajara.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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