Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: Sept. 22, 2004

AEROMEXICO signed an agreement with Travel Impressions to operate its private-label vacation package product Aeromexico Vacations. The contract will take effect in January. The Mark Travel Corp., which has operated the brand since 1999, will continue until the end of this year. Aeromexico will continue to provide air for Mark Travels Funjet brand vacation packages to Mexico.

ATA VACATIONS is offering agents $50 for each air-inclusive package to Cancun booked by Oct. 1. In addition, the operator is offering customers up to $100 in savings per couple under its Buy More, Save More promotion. Under the program, clients who purchase a package priced below $500 will receive a $25 discount per person. Customers who spend $500 or more will receive a $50 per person discount. Travel agents should enter the promotional code CFALLHUG when booking through VAX VacationAccess. Both promotions are valid for travel through Nov. 19 and from Nov. 29 to Dec. 15.

LUXE WORLDWIDE HOTELS, the Los Angeles-based representation firm for independent hotels, added the Hacienda Vista Real in Playa del Carmen to its property roster. The 73-suite resort is just off the Cancun-Tulum highway overlooking the Playacar golf course. Suites are decorated with Mexican handcrafted furniture and feature Jacuzzis, satellite TV and minibars. Resort guests receive discounted greens fees at the Playacar golf club and have access to a private beach club. The resort also features a spa and business center. Reservations can be made at www.luxehotels.com or by calling (866) LUXE-411.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS will offer business class on ATA Airlines from Los Angeles to Cancun starting Nov. 20. The service is bookable now. Business-class service offers priority boarding and dedicated check-in line, two-across seating with extra leg room, complimentary cocktails and a choice of entrees. Business-class service is available on Saturday flights between the two cities. To book, call (800) 448-3333.

IN OTHER Pleasant Holidays news, the operator is offering reduced rates at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Resort & Spa in Los Cabos to guests who travel through Dec. 22. Four-night, land-only packages start at $330 per person, reflecting a savings of $408 per couple. Prices include breakfast, airport transfers, accommodations and all hotel taxes and surcharges.

TRANSGLOBAL VACATIONS launched nonstop morning charter service to Cancun from Bismarck, Fargo and Minot, N.D.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Duluth, Minn., for select dates in early 2005. Seven-night packages to Cancun will be available for Tuesday and Thursday departures from these cities. Prices include nonstop roundtrip charter service on Ryan International Airlines and seven nights accommodations at the all-inclusive Flamingo Cancun Resort & Plaza. For departure dates and prices, call (800) 338-2160 or visit VAX VacationAccess.

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