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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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