Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: March 15, 2006

STRATEGIC HOTEL CAPITAL, which operates as Strategic Hotels and Resorts, said it will build a luxury, all-suite resort and 55 private homes on close to 50 acres in Nayarit, Mexico. Strategic paid $29.5 million to Rosewood Hotels & Resorts for its unfinished La Solana Hotel and Villas property in Nayarit, which is adjacent to the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, which Strategic already owns. Strategic said the upscale resort will feature up to 70 suites as well as a spa, a restaurant, a pool and a retail complex on the undeveloped site. The resort is expected to open in 2009.


EXPEDIA, INC. said it will roll out a $500,000 marketing campaign to promote the Mexican Caribbean, including Cancun, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya. The campaign will debut in the coming weeks on and will include updates on the recovery efforts of resorts in the region in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma.

MEANWHILE, Expedia, Inc. said it will promote tourism to World Heritage sites in the Mexican Caribbean, including Chichen Itza, Uxmal and the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve, as part of the World Heritage Alliance, a partnership between Expedia and the UN Foundation, a public charity. The alliance encourages responsible tourism to World Heritage sites and supports local economic development. said it is developing new trips to these World Heritage sites in the Mexican Caribbean in conjunction with local travel suppliers and business owners. Eleven trips are currently available. Visit for information.


THE HILTON LOS CABOS BEACH AND GOLF RESORT is offering $450 worth of spa credits through April 30 when customers buy a three-night package, priced at $980 per person, double. The package includes a spa credit for $300 worth of body treatments and a $150 facial. The cost also covers accommodations in an oceanview room, roundtrip airport transfers and daily breakfast. The package will be offered again from May 1 to Sept. 30 for $746. For information or reservations, call (800) HILTONS or visit

WORRY-FREE VACATIONS said it increased seasonal service to Mexico from select gateways. From St. Louis, the operator added Saturday service to Puerto Vallarta from Nov. 4 to Dec. 23; from Detroit, new flights were added to Cancun on Wednesdays from Nov. 22 to Dec. 20; from Dallas/Fort Worth, flights were added to Puerto Vallarta on Mondays and Fridays from Aug. 18 to Dec. 22; and from Minneapolis/St. Paul, new flights were added to Puerto Vallarta on Saturdays from Nov. 18 to Dec. 23. For information, visit


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