Grupo Posadas in expansion mode

MEXICO CITY--Grupo Posadas, parent of Fiesta Americana resorts and Fiesta Inn hotels, is making significant strides in an expansion effort that includes Mexico and Central America.

In Mexico, the firm opened the 253-room Fiesta Inn Morelia and broke ground on a Fiesta Americana property in Puebla. The initiatives are part of a program to grow the four-star Fiesta Inn lineup with eight new hotels in Mexico by the end of the year and boost the presence of the five-star Fiesta Americana brand.

Acapulco hotelThe Fiesta Inn product aims to cater to business and leisure travelers with quality service at reasonable prices as well as facilities, amenities and services suited for the business traveler.

The more upscale Fiesta Americana brand is geared toward leisure travelers as well as business clients in city locations.

Fiesta Inn Morelia is situated in front of the Morelia Convention Center and features a restaurant, a lobby bar, a gym, a swimming pool and a business center.

Aside from the Morelia property, Grupo Posadas will unveil Fiesta Inn properties in Monterrey, Puebla, Queretaro and Toluca.

The firm's Fiesta Americana roster is being expanded with at least five new properties.

The latest project to break ground is Fiesta Americana Puebla, a $20 million project located in the La Vista Golf Club community. The property will offer guests many amenities of the club.

La Vista is situated 15 minutes from the center of the city of Puebla and 10 minutes from the convention center. The 200-room hotel will target both business and leisure travelers. The property will feature contemporary Mexican architecture, a restaurant, a cafe, a snack bar, a lobby bar, a pool, a spa, a business center and meeting space for up to 800 people. The hotel is expected to open in the fall of 1999.

Other Fiesta Americana properties currently are being developed in Los Cabos and the two new tourist zones in the state of Quintana Roo: Riviera Maya and Costa Maya, located south of Cancun. The $70 million Los Cabos resort is scheduled to open in 1999 with a 250-room hotel. The project eventually is slated to include up to 600 rooms.

The three properties under construction in Quintana Roo are set to open by the winter of 1999. In the Riviera Maya, Fiesta Americana Chemuyil is a $38 million project that initially will feature 250 guest rooms. Subsequent phases will include an 18-hole championship golf course and up to 750 additional rooms.

In the Costa Maya, two inclusive Fiesta Americana projects are under way. Included are the 80-room Fiesta Americana Costa Maya, which ultimately will feature up to 200 rooms, and the 40-room Fiesta Americana Kohunlich.

Grupo Posadas' Mexico collection features 16 Fiesta Americana resorts and 22 Fiesta Inn hotels.

Fiesta Americana and Fiesta Inn, Phone: (800) FIESTA-1 or (800) 9-BREAK-9 for air-inclusive bookings

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