HOTELS said it plans to invest
more than $45 million in Mexico during the next four years. The
announcement was made at a news conference here to unveil the
companys newly renovated NH Mexico City Hotel in the Zona Rosa
neighborhood. The 302-room hotel cost $6 million to renovate. To
date, NH has 14 hotels with 3,000 rooms in Mexico, making it the
countrys fourth-largest hotel operator. The chain has three new
hotels planned for Mexico during the next two years: a 107-room
hotel in Mexico Citys historic downtown, a 135-room hotel in the
upscale Mexico City neighborhood of Santa Fe and a 128-room hotel
in Puebla. When completed, those hotels will raise the number of
NHs hotel rooms in Mexico to 5,000.
CLUB, the operator of upscale
yachting trips in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, is repositioning
the SeaDream II from the Caribbean to Belize and Mexico's Riviera
Maya this winter. The company, citing an opportunity to diversify
its product and positive customer feedback, will reposition the
luxury mega-yacht to the new regions between December and April.
The SeaDream I will continue to operate the Caribbean itinerary
during this period. SeaDream said passengers booked on SeaDream
II's previously-scheduled Caribbean sailings are being offered a
choice of a full refund, a 25% reduction on another SeaDream
sailing or the option to switch to one of the itineraries in Mexico
or Belize. Travel agency commission is protected. SeaDream created
three new itineraries for Mexico and Belize: Yachtsman's Mayan
Riviera, Yucatan Explorer and Mexico-Belize Eco-Adventure. Rates
for the seven-day voyages start at $1,999 per person, double.
Airfare is extra.
RENTAL opened four rental
locations in Campeche, Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez, increasing to
15 the number of car rental locations throughout the country. The
Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez locations are at the citys airports,
while the Campeche location is off-airport.
EXPRESS is offering travelers
$500 off its Copper Canyon & Colonial Mexico itinerary in 2005
if trips are booked by Dec. 31. In addition, agents will receive
15% commission for tours booked by that date. The Copper Canyon
& Colonial Mexico itinerary begins in Tucson, Ariz., and
crosses the U.S. border into Mexico, winding through 87 tunnels and
over 35 bridges as the train climbs from sea level to 8,000 feet as
passengers travel through the Copper Canyon. Seven itineraries will
be offered from February through March, with prices beginning at
$3,590. For information or reservations, visit www.AmericanOrientExpress.com.
VENTURES, the Oregon-based event
planning firm, announced dates for its Mexico Travel Marketplace
seminars in 2005. Destination Ventures said it revised its event
format for next year, introducing a sit-down dinner and enhanced
interactions with exhibitors. Travel agents will be allowed more
face time during supplier meetings, as well as a classroom-style
90-minute seminar. The 12 events are sponsored by various Mexico
suppliers and tourism boards. The events will start March 7 in
Chicago and end April 28 in West Los Angeles. For a complete
schedule and to register, visit www.mexicotravelmarket.com.