Marriott sells Mexico City hotel

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ost Marriott and Marriott International sold the Mexico City Airport Marriott to a local company for an undisclosed sum, Marriott said.

The 600-room hotel is being managed by Camino Real, which took control of the property Jan. 30. The nine-story hotel is connected via a walkway to Benito Juarez Airport.

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Delta said it will expand its service between Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport and Cancun from one flight a week to four, effective July 1.

The nonstop flights will operate Thursdays through Sundays. The service had been offered only on Saturdays. Flight 718 will depart Cincinnati at 9 a.m. and arrive in Cancun at 11:06 a.m. On the return, Flight 719 will depart Cancun at 1:42 p.m. and arrive in Cincinnati at 5:50 p.m.

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Apple Vacations launched a "12 Weeks of Frees" promotion, offering customers free room nights, air fare and meals on select air/hotel packages from April 18 to July 4. Packages must be booked by April 17.

From Chicago, for example, a companion flies free to Cancun when staying seven nights at the Continental Plaza Playacar. The all-inclusive package starts at $699.99 for the first person and $399.99 for a companion.

From Denver, a companion flies free and kids stay and eat free at the Viva Wyndham Vallarta. The seven-night, all-inclusive package starts at $799.99 for the first person and $599.99 for a companion.

All prices are per person, double. For information or reservations, call (800) 365-2775 or visit www.applevacations.com.

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Visitors staying at the Hotel Finisterra in Los Cabos can learn "Baja-style" cooking from chef Ignacio Jimenez every Friday through the end of the year.

The property is offering guests a one-time cooking class for $25 that includes a recipe handbook and lunch. The class is held from noon to 2 p.m. in the hotel's kitchen or poolside.

Cooking classes focus on regional cuisines and spices. For example, this month's classes focus on regional seafood, while classes in May and June will focus on the wines of Mexico and foods to accompany them.

For details or hotel reservations, call (800) 347-2252 or visit www.bajahotels.com.

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Ritz-Carlton launched a Caribbean a la Carte program that includes its property in Cancun.

The program offers a menu of package options for clients who book by June 15 for stays between May 2 and Dec. 15.

At the Ritz-Carlton Cancun, clients who book five nights pay $269 per night, double. A separate $250 resort credit per room, per stay, can be used for such things as spa treatments, meals and golf.

For details, call (800) 686-2786 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].

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