AIRLINE SHUTDOWN NO PROBLEM: Funjet Vacations said the
Sept. 30 bankruptcy and shutdown of charter airline TransMeridian
Airlines will not effect the planned launch next January of new
seasonal non-stop service from Rockford, Ill., to Cancun and Puerto
Vallarta. TransMeridian was to fly the routes. The operator said
it's working "diligently" to secure aircraft from other carriers.
Funjet still plans to start twice-weekly Cancun service on
Thursdays and Sundays as of Jan. 26 and Saturday Puerto Vallarta
flights Jan. 28. Service will continue through April 16. In the
meantime, Funjet customers -- mainly from Cleveland, Chicago
(O'Hare) and San Antonio, but also Detroit and Houston -- who flew
TransMeridian outbound on vacations are being re-accommodated on
one of the operator's 20 or so other partner airlines. Agents or
customers with questions can call (800) 558-3050.
MEXICO CITY DIGS: Starwood Hotels and Resorts
plans to open the first St. Regis Hotel in Latin America in 2007,
with a new location on chic avenue Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico
City. Owned by Mexican real estate investors Grupo 1818 and
developed by Ideurban Consultores, the St. Regis Hotel, Mexico City
will have 189 hotel rooms and suites and around 100 private
residences. There are currently 10 St. Regis properties worldwide.
Mexico is set to gain another St. Regis, at Punta Mita north of
Puerto Vallarta, also in 2007. For more information, visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
CABO SUITE DEAL: The 56-suite Casa del Mar Beach
Golf and Spa Resort, part of the Cabo Real development in Los
Cabos, unveiled a Relax 33 package offering up to 33% off pre- and
post-holidays trips, Dec. 1 to 20 and Jan. 2 to 15. Rates, after
discounts starting at $269 per night for a deluxe ocean-view room
and $299 for a one-bedroom suite, with a minimum two-night stay.
Call (888) 227-9621 or visit www.casadelmarmexico.com.
AGENTS FLY FREE: Continental Airlines Vacations is
offering a Book 10/Fly Free travel agent promotion on fall 2005
bookings to Mexico. Agents who make 10 eligible bookings get a free
air ticket for travel in the continental U.S., Alaska, Canada,
Mexico and the Caribbean. Eligible bookings must be made by Dec. 15
for travel Oct. 1 through March 31. Group bookings (minimum of 10
passengers) are not eligible. Continental ticket rewards must be
used by April 1. For more information or to receive a redemption
form for the promotion, travel agents can visit www.covacations.com/Book10FlyFree.aspx or call (800)
SUNSCAPE REBORN: All-inclusive chain Sunscape
Resorts and Spas will reopen its Sunscape Puerto Aventuras property
on the Riviera Maya on Oct. 16. The resort, closed since July for
$3.5 million in property-wide improvements, is celebrating its
reopening with a promotional rate through December. The special
rate of $78 per person, per night, double occupancy, through Dec.
22 reflects a savings of 40% off regular rates. In addition, kids
under 12 stay free when sharing a room with two paying adults.
Rates include accommodations, all meals and beverages, resort
activities and water sports, entertainment, taxes and tips. For
reservations, call (866) SUNSCAPE or visit www.sunscaperesorts.com.