Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: June 8, 2005

LADIES¹ 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.

LAST 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].

MAS 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 occupancy.

For more Mexico tourism statistics, visit www.sectur.gob.mx and www.banxico.gob.mx/einfofinanciera/fsinfofinanciera.html.

PALATIAL 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.

GOLDEN 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) 328-6877.

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