Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: Feb. 16, 2005

SUMMER FUN: The 56-suite Case del Mar Beach, Golf and Spa Resort in Los Cabos took the wraps off a new summertime Salida deal that offers as much as 40% in savings. The package includes a fourth night free with four-night stays, and free sixth and seventh nights on stays of seven nights or more. Also, guests get free roundtrip airport transfers; one $25 credit per room on spa treatments and at the Mezquite Grill; free shuttles to Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo and a 25% discount on green fees at the Cabo Real Golf Course. Summer rates of $245 per night (single or double occupancy) for deluxe ocean rooms and $295 for one-bedroom suites are valid for stays June 1 to Oct. 31. Go to www.casadelmarmexico.com or call (888) 227-9621.

KARISMATIC: Mexican hospitality veteran Raul Nunez took over as general manager at Karisma Hotels and Resorts new all-inclusive, boutique Azul Hotel and Beach Resort property, on the Yucatans Riviera Maya. Nunez brings more than 15 years experience to the 98-room hotel, which opened a 15-minute drive south of Cancuns airport last fall. Azul, located on Bahia Petempich bay, features two gourmet restaurants, three bars, three pools and a gym, a sports and activity center with games, equipment. For more on Karismas five upscale, all-inclusive Mexico properties,  call (866) 527-4762 or visit www.karismahotels.com.

MAKE MINE A DOUBLE: Apple Vacations, Elk Grove Village, Ill., is running a Fun for Free promotion offering two for one deals and discounts in Huatulco, Mexico, through April 2. Sample deals include twofers for Apple clients at both the Tangolunco golf course and the La Guelaguetza folklore show, and a half-price menu (save drinks) at the Don Quijote restaurant. Apple also offers a sunshine guarantee in Huatulco under which clients get reimbursed $50 per person (up to a maximum of $100 per room) on any day it rains for three-plus consecutive hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call (800) 365-2775 or visit www.applevacations.com.

TRADE FIESTA: Mexican suppliers, and U.S. agents and operators, are -- or should be -- gearing up for the Mexico Tourism Tianguis 2005 tourism trade fair, to be held in Acapulco April 10 to 13. According to Mexicos tourism board, a study of last years Tianguis found that 45% of international buyers annual sales, along with and 32% of Mexican supplier sales, were a product of negotiations at the annual trade fair, which attracted 1,500 Mexican suppliers and 994 international buyers in 2004. For more or to register, visit www.tianguisturistico.com.mx.

I DOS IN CANCUN: Valentines Day may have passed, but why not suggest clients continue the romance with a jaunt for two to Cancun? The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau (CCVB) is promoting the resort destination as the ideal destination for weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways. Wedding packages include the Hyatt Regencys Caribbean Breeze deal for $1,140, which covers licensed officiate, documentation and legal fees, and wedding cake or the four-night, $2,470 wedding package at Ceiba del Mar that comes with oceanview Junior Suite accommodations, three meals per day, moonlit dinner, holistic massage and spa pass.For more wedding and romance deals in Cancun, contact the CCVB at www.cancun.info.

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