CRUISE BUSINESS is booming, and the country is responding
to the cruise industry's growing demand for Mexico by expanding and
modernizing its existing port facilities and creating new cruise
destinations from coast to coast. With more than two dozen ports of
embarkation, Mexico is the No. 1 cruise destination in the world.
Last year, Mexico tallied some 3,100 cruise stops and received 6.5
million cruise visitors, according to the Mexico Tourism Board.
Cozumel, Mexico's most popular cruise stop, has fully recovered
from the damage caused by Hurricane Wilma, and the reconstruction
efforts are paying off. Port authorities report that Cozumel
received 1.3 million cruise visitors through July, and the
destination is on target to surpass last year's 2.5 million cruise
DESTINATIONS in the process of expanding and enhancing
their cruise infrastructure include Chiapas, Ensenada, Puerto
Vallarta and Campeche, according to the Mexico Tourism Board.
Chiapas, for example, opened a $7 million cruise port. Next year,
10 cruise ships are scheduled to stop at the port, bringing some
25,000 passengers with them. Puerto Vallarta is expanding its
cruise facilities to welcome multiple large ships simultaneously.
Plans call for constructing two docks at a cost of more than $15
million. In Ensenada, officials are in discussions to increase
cruise business from Seattle. Famous for its missions and wineries,
Ensenada last year welcomed approximately 600,000 cruise
passengers, making it the second most visited cruise port in
OF MEXICO BOUTIQUE HOTELS have created a villa product
line modeled after their collection of 45 small, upscale hotels
throughout Mexico. Costa Vallarta Boutique Villas is a collection
of luxury villas in and around Puerto Vallarta that have been
inspected by the Mexico Boutique Hotels management team. Thus far,
there are six properties in the collection, with plans for more
than 25 by the end of the year. Concierge service is available. As
with Mexico Boutique Hotels, membership in the villa collection
will be by invitation only. All villa properties come with a staff
and have been in operation for at least one year. The same
reservations team that handles Mexico Boutique Hotels will service
Costa Vallarta Boutique Villas. For information or reservations,
call (800) 728-9098.
VACATIONS is offering an early-booking bonus to Mexico for
vacations next year from Jan. 1 to Dec. 13, excluding select
blackout dates. Customers who pay in full when they book will
receive $50 off their package, which includes roundtrip air fare,
accommodations and roundtrip airport transfers. Participating
destinations are Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Ixtapa,
Puerto Vallarta and Vallarta Nayarit. Customers must use
promotional code MEXCAR50 to qualify. For information or
reservations, call (800) 328-6877 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.
AGENTS who book clients at the Marquis Reforma Hotel in
Mexico City can earn free nights for themselves at the Marquis Los
Cabos Resort. Under the promotion, agents earn one free night in
Los Cabos for each completed Mexico City stay by clients. To
qualify, agents must book their clients at the Marquis Reforma by
Oct. 15, and clients must stay by Dec. 15. The free nights in Los
Cabos are valid through Dec. 15. For information or reservations,
call (800) 235-2387 or visit www.marquisreforma.com. Mention promotion code
Phone: (973) 898-0011
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