Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Aug. 30, 2006

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS GROUP opened the first Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Mexico City. Located near the World Trade Center and the city's financial district, the 218-room property features the brand's signature amenities, including the complimentary Express Start Breakfast Bar with two hot meal options and a selection of breakfast items. Aimed at business travelers, the property features 31 suites designed for extended-stay use, wireless Internet access in all rooms and public areas, cable TV, work desks and a fitness center. For information or reservations, visit www.ichotelsgroup.com.

FANS OF JAZZAND LATIN MUSIC might want to plan a trip to the Riviera Maya to coincide with the fourth annual Latin Jazz Music Festival, scheduled for Nov. 22 to 25 in Playa del Carmen. Performances will be held nightly starting at 8 p.m. at Mamitas Beach Nov. 22 to 24 and at the Royal Porto Real on Nov. 25. Admission will be free from Nov. 22 to 24, and a "minimal" donation will be required on Nov. 25. Among the scheduled performers are Kool & the Gang, the Screaming Headless Torsos, Aguamala, Mint Condition, Wet Paint, Tom Coster, Benny Ibarra and Nacho Mendez. For information about the festival, visit www.rivieramayajazzfestival.com.

THE LOS CABOS TOURISM BOARD and travel marketing firm Destination Ventures have partnered to offer seminars for travel agents in 15 U.S. cities through October. The "Come to Know Los Cabos" events will include one-hour, classroom-style seminars led by a Destination Ventures representative; a mini tradeshow featuring hotels, airlines and tour operators that serve Los Cabos; and a breakfast or dinner. Participating agents will receive a Los Cabos sales guide. For information or to register, visit www.loscabos-seminars.com.

GRANDLUXE RAIL JOURNEYS (formerly the American Orient Express) is extending a $600 per couple Early Booking Savings promotion for all 2006 departures of the GrandLuxe Mexico rail itinerary through Sept. 30. The company will debut eight-night luxury rail trips through Mexico from El Paso, Texas, beginning in October. Stops include the Copper Canyon, the beaches of Mazatlan, Guadalajara, San Miguel de Allende and the pyramids of Teotihuacan. Weekly departures will start Oct. 29 and continue through April. Prices start at $4,190 per person, double, in a vintage Pullman cabin. For information or reservations, call (800) 320-4206 or visit www.grandluxerail.com.

ESENCIA RESORT on the Riviera Maya launched three packages for honeymooners and couples who want to renew their vows. Three- to seven-night packages start at $2,359 per couple through Dec. 20. Esencia, a boutique property on Playa Xpu-Ha, features 29 suites and rooms with plunge pools and private solariums, the Aroma spa and the Sal y Fuego restaurant. For information or reservations, call (877) 528-3490 or visit www.hotelesencia.com.

Mexico E-Letter Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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