Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: March 9, 2005

SPRING SPA: The Paraiso de la Bonita Resort and Thalasso near Cancun, Mexicos newest AAA 5-Diamond property, is offering first-ever three-night Spa Getaways from April 2 to May 31. Priced at $1,095 per person, double occupancy, with spa treatments, and at $895 without, before tax and service fees, the packages -- commissionable to agents at 15% -- include one-bedroom oceanview suite accommodations; in-room or restaurant breakfast and dinner daily; three spa or thalasso treatments; luxury airport transfers; daily fitness program with yoga and Pilates; and daily tea time. Single-occupancy rate is $1,445, and extra nights cost  $450 each per suite. Rates must be booked directly with the resort by calling (011) 52-998 872-8300. For more information, visit www.paraisodelabonita.com.

CABO 101: Agents who sell Cabo San Lucas but havent visited in a while might want to check out CabosBest.com, an encyclopedic online guide to this increasingly popular destination. Created by two self-described Cabo junkies to disseminate insider information on the latest and greatest vis-a-vis dining, fishing, golfing, nightclubbing and lodging in the destination, CabosBest.com features advertisements from, and links to, major travel-related suppliers in the area. Visit www.cabosbest.com.

CAPITAL IDEA: Mexico City will host the 21st annual Historic Center Festival from April 16 to 29. The two-week festival includes opera, dance, concerts, theater, art exhibits and culinary events. More than 1,300 artists from 20 countries are expected to participate in the festival, designed to further Latin American collaboration, foster creativity, and promote the capital citys historical city center venues.  For more information, contact Maria Beltran at (011) 52-555 277-9697 or via e-mail at [email protected].  For an updated list of events, visit www.fchmexico.com.

THE AGENTS AGENT: Karisma Resorts, with five upscale all-inclusive properties in Mexico, is zeroing in on the travel agent community as it looks to grow North American sales. The 5-year-old group has hired travel industry veteran Gordon Tolbert to supervise six sales managers in Miami, Dallas, Chicago and New York and oversee retailer outreach efforts. Karismas new travel agent program will focus on key U.S. retailers selling five-star travel and will stress education, relationship-building and agent support. Tolberts sales team also will be expanded in the near future, with new managers in Atlanta and Houston and on the West Coast. For more information, call (866)-527-4762 or www.karismahotels.com.

DOUBLE BOOKING: Mexicana Airlines and American Airlines launched interline electronic ticketing, enabling customers to use a single e-ticket for itineraries with travel on both carriers. The airlines began code-sharing flights between Mexico and the United States in May 2004. Interline e-tickets can be issued by American and Mexicana via their reservations centers, and at airports, ticket offices and travel agencies.

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