Mexico Briefs: Mexico pitching Chichen Itza ruins as new World Wonder

Mexico is making an all-out push to have the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza in Yucatan state added to a revised list of the Seven Wonders of the World thats in the making.

The renowned archaeological site, already a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of 21 finalists in a contest organized by the Switzerland-based New7Wonders Foundation.

The group, founded in 2001, hopes to update the list because only one of the original seven ancient wonders, the Great Pyramid of Giza, is still standing.


In a recent U.S. tour, Mexico President Vicente Fox, Tourism Secretary Rodolfo Elizondo, Yucatan Governor Patricio Patron and Mexico Tourism Board CEO Magdalena Carral met with tourism industry leaders in New York to state Chichen Itzas case.

The new Seven Wonders of the World will be announced on July 7. For more information, visit

Rub at the hub

The Marquis Reforma Hotel and Spa in Mexico City is partnering with American Express to offer certain cardholders a range of spa treatments at Mexico Citys Benito Juarez Airport.

American Express Centurion Card and American Express Platinum Card members can enjoy complimentary, 15-minute Spa Marquis treatments, including neck and shoulder rubs, foot reflexology and shiatsu chair massages, in the new Platinum Centurion Club airport lounge near Gate 31.

The spa treatments are available Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information on the Marquis Reforma, visit

New frontiers

Frontier Airlines is busy expanding service to Mexico from key markets in the midwestern and western U.S. this winter.

The carrier will begin daily operations between Los Angeles and Cabo San Lucas on Dec. 9; San Diego and Cancun on Dec. 16; and Denver and Guadalajara on Dec. 22.

Frontier also will increase its weekly Cancun-Indianapolis and Cancun-Nashville services to three times per week on Nov. 18. It will relaunch St. Louis-Cancun service on Nov. 18 and introduce nonstops between Kansas City, Mo., and Cabo San Lucas on Dec. 16.

On Dec. 20, the carrier will start its second year of seasonal, twice-weekly connections between Denver and Acapulco. In all, Frontier will offer nonstops from Denver and seven other U.S. cities to eight destinations in Mexico this winter.

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Mark Chesnut is Travel Weekly's Mexico editor. E-mail him at mar[email protected].

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