WANTS TO REMIND ITS VISITORS that they'll need passports
to re-enter the U.S. from Mexico starting Jan. 8. The Cancun
Convention & Visitors Bureau launched a campaign called "V.I.P
Very Important Passport" that will include posters displayed in
tourist-related businesses such as hotels, attractions, restaurants
and shops during the next three months before the new passport laws
take effect. The posters will feature relevant U.S. passport
information and the U.S. State Dept. Web address and are designed
to resemble the pages of a U.S. passport. The campaign also will
include dollar bill-size coupons for merchant discounts featuring
the passport reminders. The CVB estimated that half a million
coupons will be distributed.
MELIA said it will open Me by Melia hotels in Cancun and
Cabo San Lucas as part of its expansion of the new boutique-style
brand. The planned Me Cancun and Me Cabo San Lucas (opening dates
have not been announced) will feature restaurants and lounges
designed by nightlife entrepreneur Rande Gerber, fitness centers,
business centers and loft-style rooms with high-end linens and down
pillow-top mattresses, wireless Internet access, in-room
entertainment systems and luxury toiletries. Sol Melia opened the
first hotel in the brand, Me Madrid, earlier this month.
VACATIONS is offering a 10% discount on packages to
Occidental Hotels & Resorts in Mexico. To qualify, packages
must be booked by Oct. 31 for travel through Dec. 15, 2007.
Three-night packages at the Allegro Playacar in the Riviera Maya
start at $424 per person, double, from Washington. All packages
include roundtrip air fare and airport transfers. For information
or reservations, call (800) 328-6877 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.
BLUE HOTEL AND SPA, the 96-room boutique property
scheduled to open next month on the Riviera Maya, launched a Fifth
Night Free promotion to kick-start the high season. The promotion
is in effect for arrivals between Jan. 1 and 31 (check out by Feb.
5). Guests who stay four nights within this period get the fifth
night free; those who stay 10 nights get two nights free. Azul
Blue's suites start at $700 a night, double. For information or
reservations, call (866) 527-4762 or visit www.karismahotels.com/azul_blue/index.html.
CORRECTION: The Oct. 10 Mexico E-letter
incorrectly described the Trump Ocean Resort Baja as a
fractional-ownership property. It is a full-ownership
Phone: (973) 898-0011
opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].