Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: Aug. 9, 2006

THE MEXICAN STATE OF SINALOA, which includes the popular destination of Mazatlan on Mexicos Pacific coast, raised its tourism state tax from 2% to 3%. The tax is levied on all tourists who stay in hotels throughout Sinaloa. The state congress, which raised the tax on Aug. 1, said the additional funds will go toward a marketing campaign to boost tourism throughout the state. According to figures, tourist arrivals to Mazatlan alone jumped 21% from 2004 to 2005. During that same period, airlift increased 24%.


OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS is offering a free night when customers book a minimum three nights at participating Allegro and Occidental Grand properties in Mexico, and at the Royal Hideaway Playacar in the Riviera Maya. Rates at the Royal Hideaway Playacar start at $362 a night per person, double; $69 at participating Allegro properties, and $73 at participating Occidental Grand properties. The promotion is valid for bookings received by Aug. 31 for stays through Dec. 22. For information or reservations, call (800) 858-2258 or visit


MARRIOTTS TWO CANCUN PROPERTIES, the Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort, are offering incentives this summer to boost business after reopening following renovations due to Hurricane Wilma. At the 448-room JW Marriott Cancun, for example, guests who stay from Aug. 16 to Dec. 16 can sign up for a complimentary 15-minute back massage poolside from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. In addition, a 50-minute version will cost $85 per person, a 15% discount. During the same period, both properties are offering a fifth night free to guests who book the Sand Dollars package for four nights. A $100 dining voucher is included. For information or reservations, call (888) 727-2347 or visit or

AMERICAN AIRLINES said it will launch nonstop service from New Yorks Kennedy Airport to San Jose del Cabo, effective Dec. 16. American will operate one flight a week on Saturdays through April 9. The new route will use Boeing 757s with 188 seats in coach and business class. The New York flight is scheduled to depart at 11 a.m. and land in San Jose del Cabo at 3 p.m. The return flight will depart San Jose del Cabo at 4 p.m. and arrive in New York at 10:50 p.m.  

FRONTIER AIRLINES said it will enter its eighth Mexican city when it launches roundtrip service between Denver and Guadalajara on Dec. 22. The flights will operate four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. In anticipation of strong demand for the route, Frontier said it has scheduled over 30 connections linking Guadalajara to cities throughout its U.S. route network. Frontier said it will offer a promotional $198 roundtrip fare on the new route.

Mexico E-Letter Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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