Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Sept. 5, 2007

RESORTS IN CANCUN and the Riviera Maya are continuing to roll out deals to boost business in the wake of Hurricane Dean. Elan Resort & Spa in Cancun, for example, is offering rates starting at 33% off traditional fall prices through Dec. 20, when a deluxe room for two costs $300 a night, all-inclusive. Elan is also offering agents a $50 a night bonus commission for bookings made by Nov. 1. Visit www.elanresort.com. The all-inclusive Blue Bay Getaway in Cancun introduced a rate of $70 a night per person, up to 30% off standard rates, for stays up to Dec. 20. Visit www.bluebayresorts.com. Mexico Boutique Hotels is offering a fourth night free for bookings of three nights or longer made by Sept. 10 at certain resorts along the Yucatan. Visit www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com.

WYNDHAM HOTELS AND RESORTS is raising its flag in Cozumel after a franchise agreement with the owners of the 402-room Reef Club Cozumel Beach and Dive Resort. The resort will be known as the Wyndham Cozumel Resort and Spa after completing a multimillion-dollar renovation that will bring it up to Wyndham standards. Operating under the Wyndham brand, the resort will continue to be managed by owner Island Properties, based in Cozumel. Located on the southwest coast of Cozumel, the property features eight swimming pools and the largest spa in Cozumel.

CAPELLA HOTELS AND RESORTS and developer Grupo Carrousel said they will open Capella Bahia Maroma, a 254-acre, mixed-use resort development in the Riviera Maya, 26 miles south of Cancun Airport. The resort will feature 82 suites located in beachfront villas, an 18-hole golf course with golf-front villas, jungle haciendas, private homes, a spa and several restaurants. The resort is scheduled to open in winter 2008-09.

THE BARCELO MAYA BEACH RESORT added Club Premium services for guests who book suite accommodations. The service gives guests staying in a suite such preferences as priority seating in a-la-carte restaurants; use of the Premium Club Lounge with free Internet access, breakfast and daily refreshments; private check-in and checkout; and discounts on excursions. For information or reservations, call (800) BARCELO or visit www.barcelo.com.

AEROMEXICO is ceasing service between Fort Lauderdale and Mexico City, effective Sept. 9, due to low demand. Aeromexico initially started flying between Fort Lauderdale and the Mexican capital in 2003 but canceled that service in July 2004, also due to low demand. This latest Fort Lauderdale-Mexico City service was resumed last October amid much fanfare.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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