CHOICE: The Marquis Los Cabos Beach, Golf, Spa and Casitas
Resort is teaming with Outback Baja to offer an IT Girl Getaway
package to Los Cabos for women travelers. The deal includes
accommodations in a junior suite or private-pool casita -- with
balcony, hydro-massage bathtub, separate shower and Bulgari
amenities -- as well as a Wild and Fun Hummer Tour; one $100 spa
credit per suite; daily continental breakfast; one dinner, with
open bar; surprise gift; and airport transfers. Rates start at $455
per person, double occupancy, June 15 to Dec. 15. Travel agent pay
is 10%. Call (877) 238-9399 or visit www.marquisloscabos.com.
MINUTE: Agents in the Long Island area in New York are
invited to celebrate the re-launch of Aeromexico Vacations at a
seminar event in Melville, N.Y., the evening of June 9. The
seminar, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Long Island
Huntington, is co-hosted by Fiesta Americana Hotels and Resorts,
Palace Resorts, Sol Melia Hotels and Resorts, AM Resorts, Crown
Paradise Puerto Vallarta, Royal Solaris Los Cabos, Hyatt Regency
Acapulco, Presidente InterContinental Hotels and the Mexico Tourism
Board. R.S.V.P. to Bob Dunn (800) 888-1881 or [email protected].
DINERO: International travel to Mexico this March
generated $1.91 billion in revenue, b30.6% more than the same month
last year and a record, according to Sectur, the Mexican tourism
ministry. Also, Mexico welcomed 2.16 million international tourists
in March, an 18.7% jump.
March revenue pushed
earnings to $3.48 billion in the first quarter, a 19.4% increase,
while arrivals for the quarter totaled 5.8 million, 12.3% more than
2004. Also up: cruise arrivals, visitor spending, and hotel
For more Mexico
tourism statistics, visit www.sectur.gob.mx and www.banxico.gob.mx/einfofinanciera/fsinfofinanciera.html.
DIGS: Palace Resorts opened its first property on Cozumel,
the luxury all-inclusive Cozumel Palace, on June 1. Formerly the
Hotel Plaza Las Glorias Cozumel, the 176-room property has
undergone renovations since early 2004. Upgrades included
installation of double Jacuzzis in every room and renovation of the
lobby, pools and common areas. Packaged stays are priced from $264
to $354 per room, per night, and include accommodations, all meals,
snacks and drinks; and select tours to area attractions.
Palace Resorts runs an
agent bonus commission program through Dec. 31. For each booking of
three nights or more, agents receive a $50 bonus; for every 10th
room reserved, agents earn an extra $250. Restrictions apply.
Call (800) 635-1836 or visit www.palaceresorts.com.
GATEWAY: United Vacations is offering San Franciscans
getaways to Los Cabos starting at $299 and to Puerto Vallarta from
$399. Prices are valid when booked by June 15 for travel through
July 30. The deals include roundtrip airfare, three-night hotel
stay, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers and 24-hour traveler
assistance. In Los Cabos, accommodations options include the Costa
Real Resort and Spa, Royal Solaris Los Cabos Resort and Spa and
Presidente Intercontinental Los Cabos. In Puerto Vallarta, resorts
include the NH Kristal Vallarta, Melia Puerto Vallarta and Westin
Resort and Spa. Travel agents can book via www.vaxvacationaccess.com, via GDS or by calling (800)