Vacations, in conjunction with Fiesta Americana Hotels and Resorts,
Palace Resorts and Sol Melia Hotels and Resorts, is running travel
agent dinner seminars this month. Seminars are set for Feb. 15 at
both the Courtyard by Marriott Old Town in San Diego and the
Acapulco Restaurant in Los Angeles; Feb. 16 at the Double Tree
Ontario Airport in Ontario, Calif.; and Feb. 17 at the Costa Mesa
Marriott Suites in Costa Mesa. Each seminar starts at 6 p.m.
R.S.V.P. to Allen Freeman at (800) 888-1881 or [email protected]. For more on
Aeromexico Vacations, visit www.aeromexicovacations.com.
CHANCES: Mexico's tourism
ministry said the country is becoming a major sporting and nautical
events venue. In 2004, some 30,000 people took part in such
competitions in Mexico, and this year officials said 14 adventure
events -- including Bike Adventure, Adventure Race, Expedition
Mexican Caribbean and Xtreme Tour -- will take place in eight
Mexican states. Popular competitive activities in Mexico include
fishing, golf, adventure races, triathlons, marathons and diving.
For more, visit www.visitmexico.com.
BINGO: Trendy beach club
franchise Nikki Beach officially will open its fifth tropical
partying outlet at the 150-room Melia San Lucas resort in Cabo San
Lucas the first week of March. The new location, to be managed by
Raul Almeida, also overseer of the Nikki Beach in Puerto Vallarta,
had a soft opening this month. Nikki Beach clubs are also located
in Miami Beach; St. Barthelemy; Marbella, Spain; and St. Tropez,
France. For more on Nikki Beach beach clubs, visit www.nikkibeach.com. For Sole Melia, call (800) 33MELIA
or visit www.solmelia.com.
Holidays is offering discounted, perk-filled stays at properties on
both coasts of Mexico. For example, Puerto Vallarta property The
Hacienda Hotel and Spa is partnering with the operator to offer
reduced rates to guests booking all-inclusive accommodations by
Feb. 28 for stays through March 17. Four-night, land-only holidays
start at $310 per person (based on double occupancy) and include
roundtrip airport transfers, accommodations, all meals, drinks and
activities, all hotel taxes and surcharges. For more deals in Puerto Vallarta and Cancun, log on
to www.pleasantholidays.com or www.pleasantagent.com, or call (800) 448-3333.
AWAY: Fairmont Hotels and
Resorts debuted Fairmont Heritage Place, a private residence club
product, on Acapulco' s Diamante Beach. The first 10 of 50 planned
residences opened last fall, and sales of the two-storey dwellings
are outstripping initial projections. Completion of the second
phase of construction is anticipated this spring. Owners can trade
time at their Acapulco residence for stays at other Fairmont
Heritage Place locations and any of Fairmont's 45 hotel properties
worldwide. For additional information, go to www.fairmont.com/heritageplace.