Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Oct. 3, 2007

DESTINATION VENTURES, the Bend, Ore.-based company that produces Mexico travel seminars, is expanding its training program for agents to include real estate opportunities for vacation rentals and investing. In a new series of seminars titled "The Good Life in Mexico: Doing It Right," Destination Ventures will educate agents about the growing demand for Mexico as a retirement destination and ways to tap into this market by selling "look-see" vacations to potential buyers as well as selling nontraditional accommodations such as condos and villas to home buyers. "Agents can broaden their Mexico horizons by learning about the needs of North American retirees and second-home buyers," said Greg Custer, vice president of Destination Ventures. "Thousands of new private homes, condos and villas and being built in Mexico, giving travel agents something to offer clients beyond the traditional hotel stay, with the potential to profit in new ways," Custer said.

THE NEW TRAINING PRODUCT will include seminars in six West Coast cities from Oct. 22 to Nov. 9. The four-hour evening seminars will cover such topics as Mexican real estate purchase legalities, financing, bank trusts, real estate taxes and title insurance. The cost is $98 for agents, including food and beverage. Seminar attendees will receive a 16-page workbook with real estate resource and contact information. Destination Ventures is offering the seminars in conjunction with About Choosing Mexico, a joint-venture company of Mexico travel and real estate specialists. Details and online registration is available at www.choosingmexico-seminars.com or by calling (800) 599-6633. 

BARCELO HOTELS & RESORTS is investing $7.2 million to renovate the all-suite, 304-room Barcelo La Jolla de Mismaloya in Puerto Vallarta. The renovation was expected to be completed by December. A major component of the renovation will be the creation of a European-style spa with indoor-outdoor facilities. The resort's 179 one-bedroom suites will be redesigned into two-room suites with separate sleeping and living areas, each with sleeper couches to accommodate additional guests. The resort's presidential suites will be redesigned with new decor and bathroom upgrades; Presidential suites will add flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet access. For information or to book, call (800) BARCELO or visit www.barcelo.com.

THE BEST WESTERN PLAYA SUITES in Acapulco announced a number of enhancements, including the construction of a building with 60 deluxe suites that is scheduled for completion in 2009. The property is currently in the midst of a renovation and upgrades that should be completed by December. Among other enhancements, the Best Western is adding safe-deposit boxes in all rooms, wireless Internet in rooms and public spaces, a new lobby bar and a new meeting room for smaller groups. For information or reservations, visit www.bwplayasuites.com.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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