Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: May 9, 2007

THE CANCUN CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU launched a redesigned Web site, www.cancun.info, with new features such as an interactive map and destination Web cams. The interactive map tool can be accessed via the "Maps" link in the site's sidebar. The new Web cam feature offers views of such sites as Punta Cancun, the Mayan site Yamil Lu'um, Nichupte Lagoon and the city's main Kukulcan Boulevard. The Web cams can be viewed through the Photo Tour & Web Cams link. Another new feature enables visitors to send "virtual" postcards of the destination to friends and family back home. A more traditional feature is a sidebar link to general visitor information, accommodations, activities and entertainment, current weather conditions and information for groups and conventions. The redesigned site features a bilingual format.

MARRIOTT AND RENAISSANCE RESORTS IN MEXICO have extended their Passport to Paradise incentive through Dec. 15. The promotion offers a $100 resort credit to new passport recipients. The credit can be used towards a number of resort services, such as spa treatments, meals and water sports activities. One credit will be awarded per room, and guests must stay a minimum of five nights to qualify. The new passports must show a stamp from the host country. Participating resorts include the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort, CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. For details, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com/passport or call (888) 727-2347.

GUESTS OF THE UPSCALE ONE&ONLY PALMILLA in Los Cabos can beat the heat while playing golf at the resort's Palmilla Golf Club thanks to new, air-conditioned golf carts. The resort company has equipped its golf carts with cooling units that serve as both air conditioners and beverage coolers, with the air-cooling component directing a cool breeze along the back of players' necks. There are two units per cart to accommodate two occupants, and the cooling system is "pressure activated" via the carts' seats so the system only operates when the golfers are in the carts. One & Only Palmilla includes use of golf carts as part of the greens fee. For information or to book, visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com.

MEXICANA AIRLINES SUSPENDED SERVICE between Baltimore/Washington Airport and Mexico City on May 1, citing a restructuring. The airline launched daily service between the two cities in December 2005. Mexicana said the move was necessary due to the "restructuring process the airline is currently undergoing," which is forcing the airline to reorganize its fleet structure to strengthen its domestic network. Mexicana said the move is "a temporary business decision," and left the door open to resuming BWI service in the future.

DELTA, MEANWHILE, IS SCALING BACK on its service to Mexico. In route-dormancy and code-share notices filed with the Transportation Department April 24, Delta told the DOT:

" It's done with its service between Newark and Acapulco, which ceased March 31. Delta spokeswoman Gina Laughlin told Travel Weekly the Saturday-only service "didn't meet our expectations" and, since Delta already serves Acapulco from Atlanta, it decided to terminate the Newark service.

" The year-round service Delta launched last December between Los Angeles and Acapulco, using 737 aircraft configured with 150 seats, will be modified. Delta asked for DOT approval to let ExpressJet offer Delta Connection service on the route with 50-seat Embraer aircraft during off-peak periods, beginning June 1, with Delta mainline service returning for peak season.

" It will not resume peak-season service for Atlanta-Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo. Delta told the DOT last October that it planned to switch that route to seasonal service, but Laughlin said the airline now has decided to "focus our energy" on Los Angeles-Ixtapa instead.

" It will not resume seasonal Atlanta-Merida service with its own aircraft during peak periods. Instead, Delta plans to continue to serve the route with Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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