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)
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.