ACAPULCO, Mexico -- AmResorts unveiled a brand to complement its
existing Sunscape and Secrets brands. Dreams Resorts & Spas
will be a luxury all-inclusive for couples and families.
AmResorts President Alejandro Zozaya-Gorostiza made the
announcement at Tianguis Turistico here, held last month.
The brand officially launches this summer with the conversion of
properties in Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and Los Cabos; the Puerto
Vallarta and Cancun properties will convert from the Camino Real
brand, and the Los Cabos property will convert from the Melia brand
by July 1, followed by $12 million to $13 million in renovations
among all three.
The renovations are scheduled to take place in phases and will
not affect guests, according to Zozaya-Gorostiza. All resorts will
be fully renovated by the winter season.
AmResorts also said it will open Secrets Excellence Riviera
Cancun, a new construction with 442 units, in the fall.
Several other hotel chains announced expansions, upgrades and
renovations during Tianguis. The following is a sample:
• InterContinental Hotels Group announced it will open 21 hotels
in Mexico next year. The properties, which include Holiday Inn,
Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza brands, will be located in
several urban and vacation destinations, including Chetumal,
Merida, Mexico City, Monterrey and San Luis Potosi.
InterContinental also announced it signed an agreement with
Grupo Millenium, the largest franchisee of the company's brands in
Mexico, to develop 28 more hotels, besides the new properties
above, within the next 10 years.
• Meanwhile, InterContinental last month opened the 193-room
Crowne Plaza Torreon in an upscale residential area of Torreon,
about two-and-a-half miles from Francisco Sarabia Airport.
The $20 million, 11-story property features three restaurants;
rooms with work areas, high-speed Internet access and two-line
phones with voice mail; 3,400 square feet of meetings space; a
business center; free parking for hotel guests; a fitness center,
and 24-hour room service, among other amenities.
• Leading Hotels of the World has approved the addition of two
hotels in Cancun operated by Sol Melia Hotels and Resorts: the
Royal Pyramid at the Gran Melia Cancun and the Royal Service Suites
at Paradisus Riviera Cancun.
• A $22 million expansion at the Melia Azul Ixtapa has been
completed with the opening of a convention center and tower.
The 19,250-square-foot convention center has seven meetings
rooms, eight breakout rooms, a business center and an executive
lounge. The property's new tower houses 137 guest rooms, raising
the hotel's total rooms to 410.
• Hilton Hotels Corp. plans to open 11 properties in Mexico by
the end of 2005, including its first Embassy Suites in Mexico City
and hotels in Mazatlan and Veracruz. Properties will carry the
Hilton, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inns and Hampton Inns
• In other Hilton news, the Hilton Cancun will complete a $5
million renovation to its guest rooms by mid-July and will open a
new spa before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the Hilton Los Cabos is seeking to be reclassified as
a five-diamond property by upgrading its rooms with new artwork and
CD alarm clocks, among other amenities. The property also
introduced shuttle service that offers guests unlimited rides to
both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas for $10 a day.
• Pueblo Bonito Hotels & Resorts plans to open two
properties in the next few years.
The 152-room Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, scheduled to open in Los
Cabos by the end of March 2005, will be the first in the chain to
focus on "holistic" spa treatments.
In addition, ground will be broken soon on the 615-room Pueblo
Bonito Punta Mita, outside Puerto Vallarta. The property is
scheduled to open in approximately two years.
• City Express, a budget-priced, business-oriented chain, plans
to open a property in Puebla this month.
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Travel mart set for Oct.
ACAPULCO, Mexico -- The 17th annual Cancun Travel Mart, slated
for Oct. 13 to 15, will be expanded to include retail travel agent
seminars and site inspections as well as hosted inspections and
activities for meetings planners, said Jose Chapur Zahoul,
president of the Quintana Roo Hotel Association (QRHA).
In addition, agents will be permitted to visit the supplier
exhibit area during one afternoon. The event is expected to draw
250 supplier delegates.
For more information or to register, call (904) 398-6777 or
The QRHA also announced it will continue its Clearly Cancun
promotion this year, in cooperation with American Express and the
Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau. The promotion offers
American Express cardholders visiting the destination benefits such
as free nights and special discounts.