Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: June 14, 2006

TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS said it is trying to rekindle interest in Cancun, its leading Mexico product, by offering “incredible vacation values” to Cancun’s resorts. According to the operator, among its more competitively priced packages to Cancun are a three-night, all-inclusive stay at the Viva Wyndham Maya for $349 per person, double; $385 all-inclusive at the Gran Costa Real Resort & Spa; and $675 all-inclusive at the Paradisus Riviera Cancun. All-inclusive rates include roundtrip airport transfers; activities and entertainment; all meals, drinks and snacks; and hotel taxes and service charges. Rates quoted are valid for travel July 1 to Aug. 19. Travel Impressions said a number of its airline partners, including Continental, American and Delta, are offering discounted air fares to Cancun for bookings made by June 23. For information or reservations, call (800) 284-0044 or visit www.travelimpressions.com. Web bookings pay an additional 1% commission.

FUNJET VACATIONS added Excellence Group Luxury Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean to its product line. In Mexico, the group is represented by the Excellence Riviera Cancun, an all-suite property in the Riviera Maya featuring six pools, eight restaurants, 10 bars and a spa. The Excellence Playa Mujeres will be added to the product line when it opens in 2007. For information or reservations, call (800) 558-3050 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

DREAMS TULUM is the seventh AMResorts property to open an Explorer’s Club for children. Set in a jungle environment, the Dreams Tulum Explorer’s Club features a Temple Cafe offering fresh juices and fruits, a game room and supervised activities, including treasure hunts and pyramid-wall climbing led by safety-certified personnel. Explorer’s Clubs are open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and cater to kids age 3 to 12. In addition to the Explorer’s Clubs, from Sept. 1 to Dec. 16, children stay, eat and play for free at Dreams and Sunscape resorts. For information or reservations, visit www.amresorts.com.

ALASKA AIRLINES applied to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation for authority to fly nonstop between Seattle and Cancun and between Portland, Ore., and Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. If approved, the seasonal flights would operate this year from the end of October to the end of April. The airline plans to offer nonstop service four days a week between Seattle and Cancun and Portland and Los Cabos and three days a week between Portland and Puerto Vallarta. Alaska Airlines introduced service to Mexico in 1988. During its winter schedule, the airline operates 38 daily flights to nine Mexican destinations.

RESPONDING TO DEMAND, Mexicana Airlines added a daily flight from New York’s Kennedy Airport to Mexico City. With the new flight, Mexicana is now operating seven weekly flights from Kennedy. Mexicana said it expects to carry 2,000 passengers a month to the Mexican capital from New York.

Mexico E-Letter Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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