Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Feb. 21, 2007

A RECORD 1.3 MILLION TOURISTS visited Los Cabos last year, up from 1.2 million in 2005, according to the Los Cabos Tourism Board. Those tourists arrived at Los Cabos Airport aboard 20,898 flights last year, up from 18,963 flights in 2005. Hotel occupancy averaged 70% in 2006, representing a gain of 4% despite an increase in the number of hotel rooms from 9,998 in 2005 to 10,982 last year. The average room rate also rose last year, up 21% from $166 in 2005 to $201 in 2006.

THE EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL MEXICO CITY REFORMA, Embassy Suites first hotel in Mexico, is promoting a rate of $189 a night weekdays (Mondays to Thursdays) and $149 on weekends. The rate includes daily breakfast and cocktails during the nightly managers reception. In addition, the hotel is offering double miles in the Hilton Honors frequent-guest program for stays through April 30. The 162-suite hotel is situated along the Paseo de la Reforma. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet access, separate living and sleeping areas, a microwave and a refrigerator. For reservations, call (800) EMBASSY or visit www.embassysuites.com.

THE GRAND VELAS ALL SUITES & SPA RESORT in Nuevo Vallarta is offering a free, two-hour Diamond Spa Experience and Grand Velas Ritual to guests who are celebrating their birthdays in April, the month of the diamond birthstone. The Diamond Spa Experience includes a body exfoliation treatment, a massage and a facial. The Grand Velas Ritual includes a number of hydrotherapy treatments. For information, call (877) 398-2784 or visit www.grandvelas.com.

WORLD FAMILY YOGA is offering families a yoga retreat in Tulum. The itinerary will be offered April 14 to 21. The family-enrichment vacation includes a tour of the Mayan ruins at Tulum, yoga sessions for kids and grown-ups and activities such as hiking, snorkeling and horseback riding. The tour costs $1,100 for adults and $700 for children, including lodging, meals, tours, yoga classes and airport transfers. Air fare and taxes are extra. Visit www.worldfamilyyoga.com.

DELTA AIR LINES said it will launch twice-weekly service between Los Angeles and Los Mochis, Mexico, effective June 2. Los Mochis is an important agricultural center known for fishing and hunting. To promote the new service to Los Mochis, Delta is promoting a $99 one-way fare from Los Angeles for reservations made through a travel agent or Delta.com. Fares must be purchased by Feb. 27 with travel completed by Dec. 15.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

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