Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Nov. 8, 2006

AS LOS CABOS TOURISM grows, so does the need for a bigger airport. The company that operates Los Cabos Airport approved an additional $60.2 million to expand the airport and renovate its existing facilities. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacificos shareholders approved the measure on Oct. 27, paving the way for construction of Terminal 4 and its respective taxiways, access roads and parking, plus new commercial space and a remodeling of the existing terminals. Grupo Aeroportuario said it is accepting bids from suppliers for the project, which is expected to get under way by the end of 2007 and be completed in early 2009. The company said the expansion is necessary to keep pace with an increase in traffic of about 18% in each of the past three years.

THE MEXICO TOURISM BOARD is bringing the beach to a frigid city near you. The board is once again bringing glass-sided buses filled with sand, beach chairs and palm trees to Canada and major U.S. cities for eight weeks this winter. The Beaches on Wheels promotion kicked off Nov. 4 in Canada and will visit Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York and Minneapolis by Dec. 28.

THE BUSES will include TV screens showcasing Mexicos attractions as well as sunbathing models who will hand out brochures and promotional materials. Tour operators and local tourism board offices are expected to organize special events in conjunction with the promotion. To find out when the buses will visit the U.S., go to www.visitmexico.com.

TO BOOST BUSINESS, GrandLuxe Rail Journeys is offering agents who book a group of nine passengers aboard a GrandLuxe Mexico rail itinerary a complimentary Mexico rail trip for two, a value of more than $6,000. To further entice customers, there is a $200-per-person early booking bonus currently in place, plus groups receive a 5% discount. Prices for the seven-night GrandLuxe Mexico itineraries start at $2,798 per person, double, in a Vintage Pullman cabin. For bookings, call (800) 320-4206.
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