Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: July 25, 2007

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL opened the 209-room Tijuana Marriott Hotel under a franchise agreement with Turismo Tijuana, S.A. de C.V. The property is Marriott's second in Tijuana and its 14th in Mexico. To promote the new property, Marriott is offering an introductory rate of $145 a night, including taxes. The hotel is located in the Colonia Aviacion district of Tijuana, near the Zona Rio business district. The property features a restaurant, tapas and martini bar; 14 meeting rooms; business center; heated, outdoor pool; and fitness center. Visit www.marriott.com.

THE LOS CABOS TOURISM BOARD announced that the destination's annual culinary festival, dubbed the "Festival of Rhythm, Color & Flavor of Los Cabos," will be held Dec. 1 to 8. The festival will kick off at El Tule Beach with a buffet of signature dishes from area restaurants and culminate with a Dinner in the Desert event at the San Carlos Canyon, with live entertainment and fireside dining. Look for hotels to offer individual and air-inclusive packages in conjunction with the event. A table of 10 at the El Tule Beach event will cost $100, while the San Carlos Canyon dinner will cost $60 per person. Call (866) LOS-CABOS or visit www.visitloscabos.org.

AMRESORTS BROKE GROUND on the Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, expected to open in the fall of 2008. The property will be located beachside at Petempich, Puerto Morelos, about 15 miles from Cancun. It will feature 446 suites; seven restaurants; a spa and fitness center; more than 8,000 square feet of meetings space; 24-hour concierge and room service; and the company's Preferred Club program of upgraded amenities and services. AMResorts plans to open seven new Secrets Resorts & Spas properties by late 2009. Call (866) GO-SECRETS or visit www.secretsresorts.com.

BARCELO HOTELS & RESORTS launched Barcelobrochures.com, where customers can download a selection of color brochures of its resorts. The site links to the booking engine at www.barcelo.com. Barcelo said the new site enables customers to better choose a property based on its amenities, facilities and location. Barcelo has 10 hotels in Mexico.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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