Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: May 2, 2007

AEROMEXICO announced it would inaugurate daily nonstop service between Seattle and Mexico City on July 4, becoming the first airline to fly nonstop between Seattle and Mexico. Flights will continue on to Guadalajara. Flights will leave Seattle-Tacoma Airport daily at 8:30 a.m. and arrive in Mexico City at 3:40 p.m. Return flights will leave Mexico City at 6 p.m. and arrive in Seattle at 9:35 p.m. "The flight schedule is ideal to provide connections through our major hub in Mexico City to the more than 40 business and beach destinations Aeromexico serves throughout Mexico," said Carlos de Uriarte, Aeromexico's vice president of sales and marketing, U.S. and Canada.

CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL ASSOCIATES and GoGo Worldwide Vacations teamed up for a free passport promotion to Mexico. Under the initiative, customers who book a Gogo package through a participating Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associate location from May 1 to 15 will be reimbursed for their passport application fee, up to $97. Customers who already hold a valid U.S. passport will receive a portable 7-inch DVD player instead. A five-night minimum stay is required at participating resorts. Proof of passport purchase with copy of the photo page of the passport is required. Call Carlson at (800) CARLSON.

SOL MELIA HOTELS & RESORTS completed a $1.3 million renovation at its Melia Cabo Real property. The company said the new design elements and upgrades provide for a more contemporary, sophisticated look. The renovation included the resort's 305 rooms, including junior and master suites, three restaurants and lobby bar. Among the room upgrades are 32-inch, flat-screen TVs; new furnishings; and artwork. For information or reservations, visit www.solmelia.com.

THE VILLA GROUP RESORTS launched special travel agent rates in an effort to boost business at its various properties throughout Mexico. At the Villa del Palmar Flamingos Beach Resort & Spa in Vallarta-Nayarit, for example, agents pay $79 a night for a deluxe studio, with an all-inclusive option available for an additional $69 daily. The travel agent promotion is available through Dec. 20. For details and to book, call (877) 845-5247 or visit www.thevillagroup.com.

MEXICO'S DREAMS AND SUNSCAPE Resorts & Spas properties launched a Kids Stay Free promotion for up to two children age 11 and younger. The promotion is in effect for travel Sept. 1 to Dec. 16. Kids also eat for free and enjoy free activities at participating resorts, translating into an average savings of $800 per week for a family of four. For information, call (866) 2-DREAMS or (866) SUNSCAPE or visit the travel agent section on www.dreamsresorts.com or www.sunscaperesorts.com.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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