THE CANCUN CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU recently attended a major tourism trade show in South Korea and hosted a series a travel agent seminars in Japan, part of the bureau's push to promote Cancun and Puerto Morelos to the lucrative Asia market, the organization said. In South Korea, the bureau attended the Korea World Travel Fair, the country's largest tourism trade show. In attendance were several of Mexico's largest travel suppliers, including Aeromexico, Fiesta Americana Hotels, Me by Melia hotels and Ritz-Carlton properties. The Cancun CVB is hoping to capitalize on the launch of nonstop service by Korean Airlines between Seoul and Mexico City in 2009. In Japan, the bureau hosted seminars in Tokyo and Osaka for some 230 Japanese travel agents. The tourism bureau said it plans to launch tourism marketing campaigns in Japan and South Korea.
TESORO RESORTS in Mexico launched a Hurricane Guarantee program, allowing customers at three of its properties to cancel their trips without penalties in the event of a major storm. The guarantee will be in place at Tesoro Ixtapa, Tesoro Los Cabos and Tesoro Manzanillo. The guarantee goes into effect once the National Hurricane Center classifies weather in any of the areas surrounding the three Tesoro properties as a subtropical storm or worse. The three properties are also offering a Hurricane Proof package through Oct. 31 that includes free travel insurance for a minimum three-night stay, with all-inclusive rates starting at $80 a night per person, double. The package can be booked with promotion code HURRICANE at www.tesororesorts.com or by calling (866) 99-TESORO.
TIA STEPHANIE TOURS is offering a seven-night tour of Mexico City focusing on "The Enduring Legacy of Frida Kahlo." Scheduled from Aug. 8 to 15, the trip costs $1,865, double, including daily breakfast, most meals, entrance fees to itinerary museums, the services of tour guides, transportation and airport transfers. Highlights of the tour include lectures on and discussions of the painter, a guided visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum, a day's excursion to Puebla and Cholula, and meals in some of Mexico's best restaurants. For information or to book, call (734) 769-7839 or visit www.tiastephanietours.com.
MEXICANA AIRLINES is ending its Portland, Ore., service, discontinuing routes to Mexico City and Guadalajara beginning Sept. 2. Mexicana, which has operated in the Portland market for the past five years, said rising fuel costs have made the routes unprofitable.
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