MEXICO CITY -- MexSeaSun, the tour division of Mexicana Airlines,
rolled out a program of "multistop" vacations combining popular
beach destinations with colonial cities.
Launched last month, the program features eight beach
destinations and eight colonial cities, with a minimum requirement
of two nights spent at each destination and a maximum of four stops
In its first month, sales of the multistop vacations represented
25% of total bookings at MexSeaSun, with half of the business
coming from travel agents, according to Luis Jaramillo, product
manager for the Milwaukee-based company.
"Demand [for multidestination programs] from travel agents has
been strong," Jaramillo said. "Agents tell us their customers love
the beach but they also want to experience Mexico's cities. This
product lets them do that."
Despite the additional air fare component between destinations,
Jaramillo said multistop tours cost only about 5% more than
MexSeaSun's typical air-inclusive packages.
Multistop vacation packages are available from all of Mexicana's
U.S. gateways: Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and
San Jose, Calif.; Chicago; Denver; Miami; Newark; and San
A sample five-night package from Chicago starts at $782 per
person, double, including air fare to Huatulco, three nights in
Huatulco at the Hotel Castillo, air fare to Oaxaca, two nights in
Oaxaca at the Fiesta Inn Oaxaca, roundtrip transfers at each
destination and air fare to Chicago.
A 10-night plan from Miami featuring stops in Cancun,
Guadalajara and Mexico City costs from $1,199 per person, double.
It includes all meals and beverages, three nights at the Club Las
Perlas in Cancun, three nights at the Presidente Intercontinental
in Guadalajara and four nights at the NH Krystal in Mexico
A six-night package from Los Angeles with stops in Cancun and
Mexico City costs from $794 per person, double. It includes all
meals and beverages, two nights at the Fiesta Americana Reforma in
Mexico City and four night at the Club Las Perlas in Cancun.
From Chicago, a six-night plan with stops in Huatulco and Puerto
Vallarta costs from $1,034 per person, double. From Newark, a
six-night package with stops in Mexico City and Ixtapa costs from
$824 per person, double.
Prices are valid from Jan. 15 through March 15.
Multistop vacations can only be booked through MexSeaSun's call
center. For information or reservations, call (866) 263-9732.