Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: July 4, 2007

SONESTA INTERNATIONAL HOTELS CORP. said it will open its first hotel in Mexico in 2009. The 460-room Sonesta Gran Posada Resort will be located along the Sea of Cortez in San Carlos, about 10 miles from Guaymas International Airport. A condo-hotel, the resort will be developed by Tucson, Ariz.-based Playa de San Carlos and will be managed by Sonesta. The 16-story property will feature one- to three-bedroom units with kitchens, marble bathrooms and private terraces; a spa and fitness center; conference space, and several restaurants and bars.

THE CANCUN CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU last month began distributing more than 10,000 complimentary discount cards to group travelers and convention attendees. The cards will be distributed to business travelers through the city's convention center and by the more than 20 area hotels and resorts that cater to business and group travelers. The cards offer discounts at more than 140 participating restaurants, retailers, golf courses and travel-related businesses in Cancun and nearby Puerto Morelos. The cards will be available through August. According to the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau, group travelers and convention-goers stay an average of three nights in Cancun and spend an average of $925 per person, $237 more than the typical leisure traveler.

UNITED VACATIONS is offering an early-booking discount for travel in 2008, offering $75 per-person discounts on air-inclusive packages purchased by July 31. To qualify, customers must book trips worth at least $1,500 for travel from Jan. 1 to Dec. 13, 2008, and use promotion code 2008. In Mexico, participating destinations are Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Ixtapa, the Riviera Maya and Nuevo/Puerto Vallarta. United Vacations said the promotion can be combined with certain early-booking discounts offered by select resort companies. Call (800) 328-6877 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

MEANWHILE, United Vacations is offering up to 30% off at Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts properties when bookings are made by July 15 for travel through Dec. 15. In Mexico, Sol Melia properties are located in Cancun, Cozumel, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Maya.

THE 97-SUITE AZUL BLUE HOTEL AND SPA by Karisma in the Riviera Maya launched discounts for summer, fall and winter travel. In the summer, for example, guests staying through Aug. 10 will receive a 20% discount on rates that start at $235 a night, per person. To book or for information, call (888) 280-8810 or visit www.azulbluehotel.com.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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