Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: April 26, 2006

THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT declared Cancuns famous beaches fully restored, nearly six months after Hurricane Wilma roared ashore and well ahead of the April 30 deadline set by Mexican President Vicente Fox. Mexico began the 24/7 dredging program on Feb. 1 at a cost of $21.5 million. Approximately 96 million cubic feet of sand was dredged from 22 miles offshore by two ships and pumped back onto the beach, resulting in what Cancun officials described as a wider beach along the 7.5-mile stretch of sand between Punta Cancun south to Punta Nizuc.

WITH THE FIRST PHASE COMPLETE, the next challenge will be to do the necessary maintenance to prevent erosion and protect the beach from any future storms, Cancun officials said. Dont be surprised to see a hotel or tourism tax in the near future to help pay for necessary maintenance. A spokeswoman for the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau said plans for the next phase of beach restoration, which will include dunes and other protective measures, will be unveiled within the next six to eight weeks, and tourism officials are considering some form of a tourism tax to help finance this second phase of beach restoration. Stay tuned.

THE KOR HOTEL GROUP signed a deal to purchase the 46-room Mosquito Blue and the 33-room Mosquito Beach resorts in Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya. Kor, which specializes in managing upscale properties, said it will spend $5 million to renovate both properties, including the creation of full-service spas. Also in the Riviera Maya, Kor will manage the Viceroy Riviera Maya and the Tides Playa del Carmen Resorts and Residences, both slated to open in 2008.

TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS launched a More, More, More Mexico promotion, offering discounts and booking incentives at more than 30 resorts in Mexico. The promotion includes complimentary room upgrades, $100 spa and resort credits for a minimum seven-night booking ($50 for three nights) and free room nights. The promotion is valid for reservations (minimum of three nights) made by May 13 for travel through Dec. 20. As part of the promotion, travel agents will receive a $50 American Express gift check for booking five packages within a five-week period. For information or reservations, call (800) 284-0044 or visit www.travelimpressions.com.

 

AEROMEXICO is adding a third daily nonstop flight from New York (Kennedy) to Mexico City on May 15. The new flight will utilize the airlines new Boeing 737-700 planes and depart New York at 2:20 p.m. The two other existing daily flights will continue operating with Boeing 757 and 767 planes. For information or reservations, call (800) 237-6639 or visit www.aeromexico.com/usa.

Mexico E-Letter Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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