Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: September 7, 2005

FLORIDA GETAWAYS: Aeromexico Vacations is offering value-added deals from Miami to Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, with three-night air-inclusive vacations starting at $499 per person, double, for bookings and travel through Dec. 21. Packages include roundtrip air from Miami, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations -- including all-inclusive property choices -- and hotel taxes. Travelers who stay longer are offered a fourth day of car rental free with Alamo. Sample rates in Acapulco start from $499 at the Fiesta Inn Acapulco and in Puerto Vallarta from $615 at the Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta. For more information, visit www.aeromexicovacations.com or call (800) 245-8585.

BEACH PARTY: Chic Riviera Maya resort Mezzanine brings the spirit of Ibiza to Tulum, Mexico, with new Friday-night dance music beach parties that draw crowds from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Mezzanine -- with four minimalist suites, an outdoor bar-lounge and a Thai restaurant -- is a new, intimate boutique hotel that claims to embody "clean, contemporary design, cutting-edge cool and rustic elegance." The resort's "Friday night Fiesta en la Playa" parties feature live DJs spinning the latest sounds from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., along with performance artists. For information or to reserve, call (011) 52-984-804-1452 or see www.mezzanine.com.mx.

ON THE UP AND UP: Mexico's government now forecasts tourism earnings of more than $12 billion for 2005, representing nearly 11% growth and the second-highest increase since 1996. The country expects to welcome in excess of 23 million travelers -- a new record -- surpassing the previous benchmark of 21.4 million visitors back in 1996. Tourism accounts for almost 10% of Mexico's gross domestic product and employs some 1.9 million workers. For more information, go to www.sectur.gob.mx.

ACTION: The city of Morelia -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- will host its third annual International Film Festival Oct. 8 to 16. The festival showcases the disciplines of documentary, long format and short films. Organizers will screen films for judges at historic sites of architectural significance, while festival attendees also can enjoy free outdoor movie presentations at sites such as Plaza Valladolid and the Emperadores Theater. Conferences, workshops and expositions are also scheduled. For more information, go to www.moreliafilmfest.com.

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