Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: February 1, 2006

MEXICO IS GEARING UP for the 31st annual Tianguis Turistico trade show, scheduled from March 26 to 29 in Acapulco. A one-stop shopping opportunity for international and local buyers and sellers of tourism, Tianguis is credited with generating as much as 40% of Mexico's annual tourism sales as a result of agreements inked at the trade fair, according to organizers. Last year's show attracted some 1,100 buyers, including tour operators, travel agents and meeting planners from 25 countries, as well as 300 Mexican suppliers. Mexican President Vicente Fox is scheduled to attend this year's trade show. For information about registering for Tianguis, which will be held at the Acapulco Convention Center, visit www.tianguisturistico.com.mx.

RESORTS THROUGHOUT LOS CABOS are offering "romance" packages that include spa treatments. The Vistazul Suites & Spa offers a five-night package for $2,150 for two people that includes accommodations in a one-bedroom suite, one dinner for two, a couple's massage and a private Temazcal spa treatment per person. The package is available through Dec. 20. To book, call (877) 292-8207 or visit www.vistazulsuites.com. The Romantic Indulgence package at the Casa del Mar resort includes three nights in am oceanview room with a Jacuzzi, roundtrip airport transfers, daily breakfast, a massage for two people, one dinner for two with a bottle of wine and 25% discount on greens fees at the Cabo Real Golf Course. The package costs $626 a night per person through March 31. To book, call (888) 227-9621 or visit www.casadelmarmexico.com.

THE WESTIN RESORT & SPA in Los Cabos, meanwhile, completed a $1.3 million rooms renovation, including new work desks, furniture, furnishings and artwork, among other things. Westin said it brought in craftsmen from throughout Mexico to refinish more than 1,500 pieces of furniture and held two in-house workshops to ensure a uniform and distinct room redesign. All rooms at the Westin Resort & Spa in Los Cabos feature Westin's signature Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Bath amenities. To book, call (888) 625-5144 or visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

CONTINUING ITS PUSH INTO MEXICO, Delta Air Lines said it will launch nonstop service to Cancun from Boston's Logan Airport and Washington's Dulles Airport starting June 3. The new Saturday nonstops from Washington and Boston will be operated aboard 150-seat 737-800 aircraft with first and coach classes. The new flights are in addition to the 12 new nonstop routes to Mexico that Delta is planning between February and June, the largest expansion into Mexico in the airline's history. The new Cancun flights are awaiting Mexican government approval.

HATE AIRPORT LAYOVERS? For travelers with a few hours to spare before catching flights out of Mexico City, the 209-room Marquis Reforma launched the Spectacular Layover package. For $180 per person, the resort will pick you up at the airport (about a 30-minute ride), offer you a 50-minute massage at its Spa Marquis, serve you breakfast or lunch at the Cafe Royal and store your luggage. Guests booking the package also have free use of the fitness center. The return trip to the airport is included. To book, call (800) 235-2387 or visit www.marquisreforma.com.

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