& RESORTS said it closed on its previously announced
purchase of five resorts, which are operated and branded by
AMResorts and are located in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. The
properties in Mexico are: Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Dreams
Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
and Sunscape Puerto Aventuras Riviera Maya. As part of the arrangement with AMResorts, Playa
plans to spend more than $25 million during the next 12 months to
upgrade the five properties, which will retain their AMResorts
branding and management.
RESORT in Cabo San Lucas, operated by Auberge Resorts,
announced the completion of a five-month, multimillion-dollar
renovation and expansion. Guest room interiors were designed by
Dallas-based Wilson & Associates and feature what the firm
calls a sophisticated look evoking a luxurious Mexican seaside
estate. Upping the room count to 57 are 10 new suites and a new
penthouse with more than 2,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor
space. Changes to the Spa at Esperanza include additional spa
treatments and seven new treatment rooms, including a couples suite
with outdoor shower. Refurbished casitas
feature new flat-screen TVs, free wireless Internet, iPod docking
stations and upgraded bath amenities. To book or for information,
visit (866) 311-2226 or visit www.esperanzaresort.com.
VACATIONS launched a new travel agent incentive program
for 2008 called the Elite by United Vacations that will focus on a
new destination each month, and Mexico is a featured destination in
January. As part of the promotion, every two bookings to Mexico or
the Caribbean during the month of January will earn an agent a $25
Visa gift card. In addition, every 10 bookings will earn the agent
two free roundtrip airline tickets. Meanwhile, the agency that
books the most packages to Mexico and the Caribbean in January will
earn a $500 Visa gift card. For information, visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.
MEANWHILE, United Vacations is offering a New
Years Resolution Sale through Feb. 14 that offers up to $200 off
air-inclusive packages. Mexico is included in the promotion, which
is valid for travel through Oct. 31. The promotional code NEWYEAR
must be used when making a booking.
Savings start at $50 on packages priced from $1,200 and range to
$200 on packages that cost $3,600 or more.
JETBLUE announced it will serve a 17th
destination from Orlando when it launches daily nonstop service to
Cancun on March 13. As a result, JetBlue said it will be the only
low-cost carrier to offer daily, nonstop service between Orlando
and Cancun. Fares will start at $49 each way. Flights from Orlando
will depart daily at 8 a.m. and arrive in Cancun at 8:15 a.m.
Return flights will depart Cancun at 9 a.m. and arrive in Orlando
at 1:10 p.m. Flights will be operated a new Embraer 190 jet with
room for 100 passengers.
Editor: Jorge Sidron
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