MEXICO CITY -- Mexico hotels, tour operators that package Mexico
and airlines that fly to the destination are making news with
increased lift and promotions to heat up winter bookings.
The following is a sample of what's happening:
• Apple Vacations and the Huatulco
Hotel Association are offering a "Sunshine Guaranteed"
promotion to all Apple clients from Dec. 15 to March 31. Under the
promotion, if it rains for three or more consecutive hours on any
given day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during these dates, clients
will be reimbursed $50 per guest, up to a maximum of $100 per room,
per day. The reimbursement will be in the form of cash or credit
applied to checkout charges. All hotels in Apple Vacations'
Huatulco product line are participating. For information or
reservations, call (800) 365-2775 or visit www.applevacations.com.
• Classic Mexico and Brisas Hotels
& Resorts paired up to offer four nights for the price
of three at four Brisas resorts: Las Brisas Acapulco, Las Brisas
Huatulco, Las Brisas Ixtapa and Las Hadas Golf Resort. The
promotion is valid for bookings made by Dec. 16 for travel through
Dec. 20. Prices at Las Brisas Acapulco start at $272 per person,
double, including daily room service breakfast; prices at Las
Brisas Huatulco start at $227; prices at Las Brisas Ixtapa start at
$216; and prices at Las Hadas Golf Resort start at $221. For
information or reservations, call Classic Custom Vacations at (800)
• Pleasant Holidays is offering a
Palace Passport for clients who book the
all-inclusive Aventura Spa Palace or Moon Palace Golf Resort &
Spa in Cancun through Dec. 31. The Palace Passport entitles
customers to unlimited tours during stays of three nights or longer
at any of the resorts; a $50 certificate for a round of golf; a $15
certificate for spa or salon treatments; and a $25 coupon for a car
rental. Seven-night, air-inclusive packages at the Aventura Spa
Palace start at $1,507 per person, double, from Los Angeles and
$1,547 from San Francisco. Seven-night, air-inclusive packages at
the Moon Palace Golf Resort start at $1,487 per person from Los
Angeles and $1,527 from San Francisco. Packages include roundtrip
airport transfers; hotel taxes and surcharges; and on-site
assistance from a Pleasant customer service representative. For
information or reservations, call Pleasant at (800) 448-3333 or
visit the Web at www.pleasantagent.com.
• Mayatour, a tour operator/wholesaler
specializing in Mexico and Central America, added the
Freedom Paradise resort to its product line for
2004. Freedom Paradise is the new resort 70 miles south of Cancun
that bills itself as the world's first resort for plus-size
vacationers. The resort's motto is "Live Large, Live Free."
Mayatour is offering a rate of $120 a night per person. For
information or reservations, call Mayatour at (800) 392-6292.
• Aviacsa Airlines launched daily nonstop
flights from Miami to Monterrey, with connecting service to Mexico
City, Guadalajara and other major Mexican cities. The flights
depart Miami at 4:15 p.m. and arrive in Monterrey at 7:15 p.m.
Return flights leave Monterrey at 11:15 a.m. and arrive in Miami at
3:15 p.m. In addition to Miami, Aviacsa flies between Mexico and
Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles and has its sights set
on other U.S. cities.
For the frequent traveler, Aviacsa offers a free roundtrip
ticket after customers have flown five roundtrip flights. For
information, visit www.aviacsa.com.mx.
• Frontier Airlines on Nov. 22 began operating
three weekly nonstop flights between Denver and Puerto Vallarta,
its fourth Mexican destination. On the same day, Frontier increased
its frequency to three other Mexican destinations. Service between
Denver and Los Cabos increased from one to three weekly flights;
service between Denver and Mazatlan increased from two to three
weekly flights; and service between Denver and Cancun increased to
seven days a week from six. For information, visit www.frontierairlines.com.
To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].