SHOW: Guadalajara will become the biannual host of
Cultour, a new international trade fair about cultural travel and
tourism, come next January. The Mexican city will share hosting
duties every other year with Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The
first edition -- restricted to trade participants for its first two
days -- is set to run Jan. 12 to 15, 2006 in Guadalajara, followed
by the second annual show in Spain, Jan. 25 to 28, 2007. Event
organizer GSAR Marketing is based in Madrid. For more, contact
commercial director Charo Trabado at (011) 34-91 541-4308 or send
an e-mail to [email protected].
LAST-MINUTE DEAL: Funjet Vacations is offering
free companion air fares for travelers booking nonstop flights on
United Airlines with MasterCard credit cards from Denver or San
Francisco to Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta before May 26
for travel completed by Aug. 31, using promotional code "FLYFREE."
MasterCard customers also get free value-added inclusions at the
Sheraton and Westin Resorts in the three resorts. All Funjet
Vacations deals include roundtrip air on United, hotel
accommodations, roundtrip transfers and 24-hour traveler
assistance. Travel agents can book Funjet Vacations via the major
GDS or at www.VAXVacationAccess.com.
SPA DEAL: Thalassotherapy center and AAA 5-Diamond
resort Paraiso de la Bonita on the Yucatan's Riviera Maya is taking
50% off its Spa Getaway package in June, September and October.
Priced at $1,095 per person, double occupancy (or $895 per
person for non-spa companions), the deal includes three nights in
a one-bedroom, ocean-view suite; gourmet breakfast and dinner
daily; three thalasso (sea-water) or spa treatments; roundtrip
airport transfers in a private Lincoln Navigator; daily fitness
program and tea time; a welcome bottle of tequila; and a
handmade beach bag. Book directly by calling (011) 52-998
872-8300. For more information, visit www.paraisodelabonita.com.
READ ALL ABOUT IT: Rosewood Hotels and Resorts,
owner of Las Ventanas in Los Cabos, struck a deal with leading U.S.
publishing houses to supply the Baja resort -- as well as three
Caribbean sister properties -- with advance copies of novels by
leading authors. Under this new "Hot Type" program, Las Ventanas
gets a new shipment of the latest books each month. For more on the
property, visit www.lasventanas.com or call (011) 52-624 144-2800. To
book, call (888) ROSEWOOD (888-767-3966).
PUERTO MAYA PORT BOOMING: Last year was a
milestone in the growth of Puerto Costa Maya as a leading western
Caribbean's cruise port. Port officials said total passenger
arrivals on cruise ships in 2004 numbered 565,223, an increase in
excess of 189,000 -- or 50% -- more visitors compared to the record
375,990 arrivals in 2003. In addition, 241 cruise ships called at
Puerto Costa Maya, 65 more vessels than the 176 that docked in
2003. For more, visit www.puertocostamaya.com online.