PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- The Puerto Vallarta Convention &
Visitors Bureau announced that its second annual Travel Agent Fam
Fair will be held Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.
According to the bureau, Fam Fair offers agents an opportunity
to become acquainted with Puerto Vallarta's tourism infrastructure
-- including its hotels, attractions and restaurants -- as well as
its ground operators.
Salvador Villasenor, promotion manager for the bureau, said he
expects 400 agents will take part in this year's Fam Fair.
If Villasenor's assessment bears out, the attendance at this
year's fair will double last year's.
As part of Fam Fair, agents -- and a companion -- receive up to
90% off the cost of a roundtrip airline ticket as well as
discounted hotel rooms and activities.
"The benefit agents have is the opportunity to learn more about
our destination, with excellent discounts," Villasenor said.
For example, Aeromexico is offering a 90% discount in G class
for agents and a companion, a 75% discount in Y class for agents
only and a 50% discount on a premier class (first class) seat for
Mexicana Airlines is offering a 75% discount for agents on coach
seats and 50% for companions.
These hotels are offering the following EP rates (prices are
nightly, per person, double):
Buenaventura ($35); Camino Real ($70); Fiesta Americana ($60);
Hacienda Cora ($85); Holiday Inn ($58); Los Arcos Suites ($25); Los
Arcos Vallarta ($15); Los Tules Resort ($70); Marriott Casa Magna
($49), and Molino de Agua ($67).
Also, Pescador ($72); Playa Conchas Chinas ($37); Playa Los
Arcos ($25); Posada Roger ($45); Premiere Hotel & Spa ($45);
Puerto de Luna ($38); Rio ($40), and Rosita ($61).
Also, Sheraton Buganvilias ($63); Velas Vallarta ($115), and
Westin Regina Resort ($60).
The following resorts are offering inclusive plans (rates are
nightly per person, double):
Crown Paradise Resort ($55); Club Embarcadero ($40); Club Viva
Vallarta ($80); Las Palmas Beach Resort ($40); Melia ($40); Royal
Decameron ($45); San Marino ($40); Solare Resort Sunset Bay ($60),
and Vista Playa de Oro ($39).
Local tour operators are extending the following discounts to
participating agents:A 60% discount on diving tours and day cruises from Chico's
Dive Shop.A 20% discount on a variety of tours from Ecotours de
Mexico.A 20% discount on a variety of tours from Open Air Expeditions.
The tours include bird watching, a dolphin encounter and excursions
to observe sea turtles in their natural environment.A 40% discount on all Cruceros Princesa tours.A 50% discount on hiking tours, mountain-bike expeditions and
horseback-riding excursions from Natura Expeditions.
To take in Fam Fair and qualify for its discounts, agents will
be asked to present an IATA card and participate in hotel site
To request a Fam Fair registration form, call (888) 384-6822 or
log on to the agents' section of the bureau's Web site, located at