Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Oct. 25, 2006

MAZATLAN COMPLETED its beachfront revitalization project earlier this month in time for the busy winter season. Phase two of the rejuvenation project focused on the destination's beachfront communities and open spaces along Olas Altas Boulevard, which received new park benches in spruced up gardens and recreational areas along the boulevard. A new six-mile boardwalk stretching from the beachfront Golden Zone resort district to Old Mazatlan will enable visitors to stroll along Olas Altas Boulevard from the famous Fisherman's Monument to the Continuity of Life Monument while taking in the sights.

MEXICAN LOW-COST CARRIER Click Mexicana launched service from Los Angeles and Las Vegas to the city of Torreon. With the new service, which was launched earlier this month, Click became the first Mexican low-cost carrier to fly outside the country. Click is offering two weekly nonstop flights from Torreon's Francisco Sarabia Airport to Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The flights are operated aboard Fokker 100s with 100 seats in Coach Plus. Click flies to some 19 cities in Mexico, including Mexico City, Huatulco, Cancun, Cozumel and Oaxaca. U.S.-based customers can purchase tickets on Click through www.mexicana.com.

FOLLOWING ITS ACQUISITION in February of Casa de Sierra Nevada hotel in San Miguel de Allende, Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises said it purchased Sazon, a cooking school and retail store located in an 18th century hacienda in the same town. As a result of the purchase, Orient-Express said it will offer culinary packages starting in January and will open Sazon for cooking classes and shopping on Oct. 28. Customized cooking packages will be offered for groups of 10 or more. Packages will include accommodations at Casa de Sierra Nevada, hands-on cooking classes, dinners in private homes and tours. Call (800) 701-1561 for culinary packages that include accommodations or visit www.casadesierranevada.com.

CREATIVE LEISURE is offering agents the opportunity to earn a bonus commission of $400 for every three bookings of three nights or longer at the new Azul Blue Hotel & Spa on the Riviera Maya. To qualify, agents must purchase Creative Leisure's Trip Protection Plan, and bookings must be received by Feb. 28 for travel Nov. 1, 2006, and beyond. Creative Leisure said the bonus is part of a combined promotion through which agents receive $100 for each booking from Karisma Hotels, plus an additional $100 for each of three bookings made through Creative Leisure. Call (800) 413-1000 or visit www.creativeleisure.com.

CORRECTION: Speaking of Azul Blue Hotel & Spa, the Oct. 18 Mexico E-letter featured an incorrect Web address for the new property. The correct address is www.karismahotels.com/azul_blue/index.html.

Mexico E-Letter Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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