HOTELS said it inked a deal to build the company's third
resort in Mexico. The as-yet-unnamed property will be part of
master-planned resort community in Pontoque on Mexico's Pacific
coast along Banderas Bay. The development will include a luxury
Omni resort with a spa and several restaurants as well as
single-family homes and condominiums. Ground breaking is expected
in 2008 with the first phase opening in 2010. The typical Omni
property has between 350 and 500 rooms.
WORLDWIDE VACATIONS launched a series of vacation packages
tailored for solo travelers, including one package to Mexico
scheduled for Nov. 8 to 15 at the Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas.
Gogo said the programs are in response to a "noticeable increase in
travel agents planning vacations for single clients" at
destinations that offer a wide range of activities, nightlife and
recreation. Gogo said the packages are priced about 30% below
typical single rates and include a room to yourself as well as
activities such as snorkeling and wine tasting that enable
customers to meet other solo travelers. For prices and additional
information, call (800) 229-4999 or visit www.gogowwv.com.
WORLDVACATIONS will launch packages to Puerto Vallarta in
2008 in conjunction with the recently announced daily nonstop
flights by Northwest between Memphis and Puerto Vallarta. The new
flights will be offered from Feb. 14 to April 7 and have been
loaded in Worldspan. For package information, visit www.worldagentdirect.com.
VENTURES, the event-planning company based in Bend, Ore.,
is coordinating a series of seminars for agents called "Come to
Know Colonial Treasures," focusing on the tourism product in the
Mexican states of Aguascalientes, Durango, Guanajuato, Michoacan,
Queretaro, San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas. The seminars will focus
on the area's cultural appeal as well as educate agents on air
service and tour operator programs in the various regions.
Exhibitors will include tour operators, airlines, hotels and the
tourism boards representing the seven states. Events are scheduled
for Chicago on Aug. 21, New York on Aug. 23, Los Angeles on Nov. 13
and Houston on Nov. 15. Attendance fee is $8, which includes
parking, dinner with wine, classroom-style seminars and
opportunities to meet with suppliers. For information or to
register, call (800) 599-6633 or visit www.destinationventures.com.
TRAVELOCITY launched Travelocity.com.mx, a Web site targeting customers in
Mexico. The site is Travelocity's first Spanish site in North
America and the first by a U.S.-based online travel agency in Latin
America. The site is currently written in both English and Spanish
but is scheduled to be fully in Spanish in 2008. Customer service
calls for the Mexico site are handled by Spanish-speaking agents in
a Travelocity call center in San Antonio.
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