MEXICAN PRESIDENT FELIPE CALDERON said his government will spend $70 million during the next four years to clean up Acapulco Bay, where barely treated waste has tarnished beaches that were once the top Mexican destination for U.S. visitors. Calderon said the plan includes rehabilitating more than a dozen water-treatment plants, improving drainage in heavily populated areas of the city and guaranteeing clean drinking water for residents. Acapulco is one of the top vacation spots for Mexicans. Last year, the destination welcomed a total of 6 million visitors.
RIU HOTELS & RESORTS AND UNITED VACATIONS joined forces to offer up to $200 on kids' flights when parents book a minimum four-night package at participating Riu properties in Cancun, Los Cabos, the Riviera Maya and Puerto Vallarta. To qualify, kids must be 12 years old or younger, and bookings must be made by June 30.
UNITED VACATIONS also is offering increased commissions for bookings made through July 31 at a number of its destinations, including Mexico. Under the promotion, agents who book a minimum of 25 customers to Mexico between May 19 and July 31 will be eligible for increased commissions, ranging from 12% for 25 passengers, 12% for 26 to 99 passengers and 13% for 100 to 150 passengers. Visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.
CAPITALIZONG ON THE GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY TREND, the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort launched a Girls Just Want to Have Fun package. Through Dec. 20, the package costs from $1,218 for three nights, double. It includes a wine-and-cheese platter upon arrival, daily breakfast and a massage and spa treatments at the hotel's Spa Oasis. The spa day includes a manicure, pedicure, facial and massage. The package also includes use of a private beach palapa for one day. Call (877) 354-1399 or visit www.hiltonloscabos.com.
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