Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: May 23, 2007

BAJA RESORT ADVISORS, a La Jolla, Calif.-based resort development firm, said it would build a master-planned residential complex, vineyard and resort community in the Guadalupe Valley, an area known as the Napa Valley of Mexico, just east of Ensenada. The Village at the Vineyard will be a joint venture with Liceaga Winery, a Baja California vintner. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed in 18 months, Baja Resort Advisors said. The $40 million development will include a boutique hotel with as many as 36 suites and a spa; a 15-acre, Tuscan-style village with 75 private homes; a 50-acre winery; and a cosmetic surgery center. The homes would be available for rent when the owners are away.

GOGO WORLDWIDE VACATIONS signed an agreement with the Mexican state of Nayarit to promote tourism and boost travel to the Riviera Nayarit. Specifically, Gogo said it would work closely with local hoteliers and with the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Riviera Nayarit to create programs to increase awareness of the Mexican destination among U.S. travelers and boost travel there. Gogo also will establish a scholarship fund for students in Riviera Nayarit who want to pursue studies in travel and tourism. The state government in Nayarit has committed to increase hotel inventory and improve the tourism infrastructure in the state, specifically the municipality of Bahia de Banderas. Gogo said it wants to double the number of customers it sends to Riviera Nayarit within the next five years. Nayarit is located on the Pacific coast between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.

GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO del SURESTE, the operator of nine Mexican airports, said it opened a third terminal at its Cancun Airport at a cost of approximately $100 million. The new terminal will double passenger capacity at Mexico's second-busiest airport, which last year welcomed some 9.8 million air passengers. The new terminal has 84 check-in counters and 11 departure gates and features state-of-the-art security. Including the new terminal, Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste has spent $786 million upgrading and expanding its Cancun Airport. The company is also planning to invest $56 million to build a second runway at the airport. In other airport news, Mexico Tourism Board CEO Francisco Lopez Mena announced plans for an international airport in Tulum. Lopez Mena said construction rights for the new airport would be awarded to the winner of an "imminent" public bid.

 

MEANWHILE, Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste said it wants to create a light-rail system to connect cities along Mexico's Caribbean coast. The $500 million project would shuttle tourists and residents between resort cities, several of which are served by the company's airports.

THE ELAN REOSRT & SPA CANCUN, which opened last March after a $15 million renovation, is offering agents a bonus commission of $50 for each night booked between now and Nov. 1. Designed in traditional Mexican colonial style, the resort includes 146 rooms and one- to three-bedroom suites; seven restaurants; a spa and fitness center; and two private beach areas, among other facilities. Through Dec. 20, rates range from $250 a night for a tower room with a garden view to $1,000 for a three-bedroom villa for up to six guests. For information or reservations, call (888) 400-3526.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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