Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Jan. 2, 2008

HYDRA PROPERTIES, a real estate development company based in the United Arab Emirates, broke ground on its $500 million Hydra Waves project in Mazatlan. The development will include a 500-room hotel, a spa and fitness center, a 1,000-seat conference center, a 100,000-square-foot shopping complex, an apartment building and other facilities situated within several towers in Mazatlan's Tourist Zone. A completion date was not announced for the project.

THE LOS CABOS CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU said Gonzalo Franyutti De La Parra was elected president of the bureau for 2008. Franyutti is also general manager of the Chileno Bay Club. Franyutti was one of several hospitality officials elected to the bureau for 2008. Ella Messerli, general manager of the Marquis Los Cabos, was elected vice president of marketing.

HORIZON AIR, Alaska Airlines' sister carrier, will offer weekly, nonstop service between Los Angeles and Loreto, starting Jan. 19. The new route, Horizon's first-ever to Mexico, will supplement Alaska Airlines' existing LAX-Loreto service. The Horizon flights will operate on Saturdays. Horizon will use 70-seat jets on the route. Alaska Airlines offers four weekly LAX-Loreto flights on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

THE DESIRE RESORT & SPA in Los Cabos has launched Latin Fever Weekends. Latin dance contests, Latin cooking and Latin music will be featured on select Saturdays during 2008. As part of the promotion, salsa/Latin dance contests will be held on Jan. 12, March 8, June 7 and Aug. 9, with couples competing for a first prize of a five-night stay in a Jacuzzi Suite and a second-prize of a three-night stay in a Superior Room. Prizes will be valid for six months. Meanwhile, groups booking at least 10 rooms for Latin Fever Weekends will receive the 11th room free. Rates start at $175 a night, including meals, alcoholic beverages and entertainment. Call (888) 201-7551 or visit www.desireresorts.com.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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