BEND, Ore. -- The Mexico Tourism Board and Destination Ventures, a
meeting planning firm based here, announced dates for the Magic of
Mexico seminar series for travel agents.
The destination specialist program consists of half-day,
classroom-style seminars focusing on selling Mexico to leisure
The sessions begin with a general overview of Mexico and move on
to trip planning with "insider tips" on making the most out of a
The seminars will highlight Mexico's special-interest travel
options, including sports, ecotourism, spas, honeymoons, weddings,
cruising, food and cultural tourism.
Participants will receive a 350-page manual and information about
Mexico's geography, history, climate, holidays, currency, health
and safety tips, shopping, sports, ground transportation, dining
During the break in the sessions, participants will be able to
meet with Mexico suppliers at mini-trade shows.
All seminars begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 1:15 p.m. The
schedule follows:Feb. 6 at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West, Sacramento,
Feb. 7 at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, Santa Clara,
Feb. 8 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott, Burlingame,
Feb. 13 at the Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore.
Feb. 13 at the Marriott Mountain Shadows Resort, Scottsdale,
Feb. 14 at the North Raleigh Hilton, Raleigh, N.C.
Feb. 14 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Salt Lake City.
Feb. 15 at the Sheraton Buckhead, Atlanta.
Feb. 15 at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel, Las Vegas.
Feb. 16 at the Doubletree Grand Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach.
Feb. 20 at the Doubletree Spokane City Center, Spokane,
Feb. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Seattle.
Feb. 22 at the Doubletree Lloyd Center, Portland, Ore.
Feb. 27 at the Hilton Beverley Hills, West Los Angeles.
Feb. 28 at the Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport, Irvine,
March 1 at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, San Diego.
March 6 at the Sheraton Dallas-Brookhollow, Dallas.
March 7 at the Houston Marriott West Loop, Houston.
March 8 at the Doubletree Hotel, San Antonio.
The seminars cost $35 and can be paid for on line at http://magicofmexico.com.
Once the agent completes a seminar, he or she will be invited to
participate in a familiarization trip to one of 10 Mexico
The trips cost $169 per person, double, and include roundtrip
air, three or four nights' hotel accommodations, most meals and
For more information, visit the Web site or call Destination
Ventures at (800) 599-6633.