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

MEXICAN BUDGET AIRLINE INTERJET has dropped service to Merida, Mexico, saying the route was unprofitable as a result of rising fuel costs. Interjet said passenger traffic to and from Merida was too low to justify the cost of operating the route. Meanwhile, the airline added the Pacific resort town of Huatulco to its route network on June 18.

CONDOMINIUM CONNECTION, best known for selling condominiums and hotels in Hawaii, entered the Mexico market with a product called Mexico Connection, featuring more than 70 oceanfront properties throughout Mexico. Mexico Connection includes condominiums, hotels and villas in Mexico's most popular vacation destinations, including Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. Mexico Connection pays 13% commission on all of its inventory. To launch its new product, Mexico Connection is offering free or discounted airport transfers to a number of its properties. Five-night, land-only prices start at $276 per person, double, at El Cid Granada in Mazatlan. To book or for information, call (800) 232-3680 or visit www.condoconnection.com.

AZUL HOTELS BY KARISMA launched a Family & Friends Vacation Planner program. Under the initiative, a team of family vacation planners at the company's Riviera Maya properties will help families and groups plan and coordinate their vacations. To launch the promotion, Azul Hotels is offering a free Family & Friends Vacation Planner package with a reservation of five or more rooms. The package includes one dinner reservation with an a la carte menu for up to 20 guests, a personalized itinerary at check-in, guaranteed room assignments and organized activities. For information or reservations, call (888) 280-8810 or visit www.azulhotel.com.

YOU COULD SAY PARAISO DE LA BONITA resort in the Riviera Maya has gone to the dogs, but in a good way. The 90-room, all-suite luxury resort launched a Haute Dog Package for guests with dogs up to 22 pounds. Man's best friend will be pampered with treats such as gourmet food, a personal attendant and daily walks for $105 per dog. A doggie spa day with grooming, seawater bath and massage costs $199. To reserve a pet-friendly room, visit www.paraisodelabonita.com.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron
Phone:
(973) 898-0011
[email protected]
For promotional opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].

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