Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: June 22, 2005

2 GO 4 LESS: Funjet Vacations is knocking up to $200 off companion rates on Cancun vacations from Atlanta with its Second Person Flies Free sale, bookable through July 7 for travel July 1 to Aug. 31.  Packages must be booked via the VAX VacationAccess booking system at www.vaxvacationaccess.com, using promotional code FLYFREETX. Sample pricing to Cancun starts at $629.99 for the first person and $429.99 for the second for a four-night stay at the all-inclusive Gran Caribe Real Resort and Spa and air travel on Aeromexico for travel July 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 24 and 28. For more information on Funjet, visit www.funjet.com.

ISLAND LIFE: Air and cruise arrivals, along with hotel occupancy, were up on Cozumel in first-quarter 2005. According to Mexican airport operator ASUR, airport arrivals on the island surged by an extra 44,000 from January to April, a 20% jump over the same period in 2004, an effect attributed to new and increased flights from air carriers such as Delta, United, US Airways, Continental and American.  Likewise, hotel occupancy averaged nearly 90%, up from 77% in the same months in 2004.  Cruise numbers are also up, with Cozumel welcoming 595,381 or 25% more visitors. For more on Cozumel, go to www.islacozumel.com.mx.

PORT PARTNERS: The Yucatan port of Puerto Costa Maya partnered with Mexicos secretaries of tourism and communication and transportation to form Desarrollo Portuario Sostenible, a coalition for sustainable port development. The coalition is tasked with introducing new regulations and directives to govern growth of the countrys cruise industry, according to officials. Issues to be addressed include concentration of visitors in particular destinations; a lack of repeat visitors; the shortage of Mexican tour operators; and low tourism revenue in local coffers. Visit www.puertocostamaya.com for more information.

FORE, SPA-GOERS: The beachfront, 375-unit Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort introduced a Summer Escape Golf and Spa Package, available through Oct. 15. The deal includes oceanview accommodations, daily breakfast, and choice of unlimited golf of the Palmilla Golf Course or one massage at Spa Ixchel each day for $159 a night, per person (double occupancy), a 25% savings off regular rates. For more, call (800) HILTONS (800-445-8667) or visit www.hiltonloscabos.com.

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