ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Hotel operator Sol Melia said it will rebrand
several properties this year.
The Spain-based hotel company will upgrade the Melia Cancun
Convention Center Beach & Spa Resort to its Gran Melia brand
effective next fall; the Paradisus Cozumel resort to the Melia
Cozumel in November, and the Melia Playa Conchal in Costa Rica to
the Paradisus Playa Conchal on Nov. 15.
Meanwhile, several other travel suppliers made announcements at
the 27th annual Tianguis Turistico travel conference here.
• Mexico Boutique Hotels, the Puerto Vallarta-based operator of
small luxury hotels in Mexico, announced eight new members,
bringing the total number of hotels in the association to 35 in 22
Mexican cities. The new hotels are in Guadalajara, Zacatecas, Punta
de Mita and Isla Navidad. In a move to boost travel agent business,
the association also announced it will integrate all of its members
into the major GDS´s by the end of the year. Eight hotels will be
available via the GDS´s starting May 1. The group, whose hotels
were previously bookable only through its Web site, earlier this
year unveiled a toll-free number for customers in the U.S., (877)
• Mexico City this summer will roll out five double-decker
tourist busses that will operate along a 21-mile route from the
National Auditorium to the Zocalo, making 26 stops along the way at
major tourist attractions. Each bus will seat 75 passengers, with
53 of them sitting on the upper deck. The cost will be $10 for a
two-day pass with unlimited riding. Busses will run daily from 9
a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Mexicana Airlines announced it will launch nonstop service
between Denver and Mexico City on May 2 and between Denver and
Zacatecas on May 4. Pending approval, the airline will begin
nonstop service between Sacramento, Calif. and Guadalajara, with
continuing service to Mexico City, effective July 1.