Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: July 26 2006

APPLE VACATIONS said it has changed its flight times to Cancun so that its passengers arrive and depart earlier in the morning when the airport is less congested. Apple said the change was prompted by Cancuns airport operations converting to one terminal for all scheduled, charter and private plane arrivals, a move that has turned Cancun Airport into one of the most congested airports in the world, according to Apple. The new timetable means that Apples USA3000 flights from most cities now arrive in Cancun at 8:50 a.m. and depart Cancun at 9:50 a.m. For information or reservations, visit www.applevacations.com.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS said it is able to offer travel agents real time hotel availability for groups at Mexicos seven Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts. To promote the two companies technology-sharing, Pleasant is offering agencies bonus TRIP points when group business is booked at any of the Fiesta Americana properties by Dec. 15. The participating properties are the Fiesta Americana Condesa Acapulco, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun, Fiesta Americana Grand Chapultepec (Mexico City), Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun, Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos, Fiesta Americana Merida and Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta. For information or to book, call Pleasants Group Department at (800) 542-9244 or visit www.pleasantagent.com.

IBEROSTAR HOTELS & RESORTS has opened a two-story, 27,000-square-foot spa at its resort complex in the Riviera Maya. The full-service El Spa features 28 treatment rooms, a large saltwater swimming pool with an underwater music system and an enclosed courtyard with a shallow moat of moving water for hydrotherapy treatments. Guests of the Iberostar Paraiso Maya have free access to the spas wet areas, while guests of the Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Iberostar Paraiso Beach and Iberostar Paraiso del Mar can use the wet areas if they book a spa treatment or pay an entrance fee. For information or reservations, call (888) 923-2722 or visit www.iberostar.com.

The HOSTERIA LAS QUINTAS in Cuernavaca is offering a five-night Culinary Spa Package that combines cooking classes led by two local chefs with spa treatments at the resorts celebrated spa. The package includes shopping excursions to local food markets, the preparation of three four-course meals incorporating regional cooking techniques, daily breakfast, group dinners with wine at a nearby hacienda, dinner at a downtown restaurant, wine and tequila tastings, guided city tours and spa treatments. The package costs $1,495 per person, double; $1,895, single, and will be offered once a month from September to April. For dates or to book, call (866) 388-4259 or visit www.spalasquintas.com.

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