exican president Vicente Fox named
tourism secretary, replacing
Leticia Navarro, who resigned to return to the private sector.
Elizondo was formerly the president's press spokesman.
Opposition parties called for cabinet changes following the July
6 midterm election in which Fox's National Action Party lost key
congressional seats and the governorship in the northern state of
President Fox said in recent interviews that he was opposed to
making any cabinet changes unless his ministers asked to be removed
for personal reasons.
Elizondo said tourism would become an engine for economic
development, a statement Navarro also has made on numerous
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Frontier Airlines will launch nonstop service
between Denver and Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.
Starting Nov. 1, Frontier will operate one weekly nonstop
between Denver and Los Cabos. Frontier will expand the Denver-Los
Cabos service to three flights a week starting Nov. 22.
Also on Nov. 22, Frontier will launch three weekly nonstop
flights between Denver and Puerto Vallarta. Frontier already serves
Cancun and Mazatlan from Denver.
Frontier is marketing a $218 introductory roundtrip fare to both
Mexican cities Monday through Thursday, and $298 Friday to
Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 16.
To promote the new service, members of Frontier's frequent flyer
program will receive double miles for travel to and from Los Cabos
and Puerto Vallarta between Nov. 1 and Dec. 18.
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ATA Airlines will launch nonstop service from
Chicago's Midway Airport to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico, beginning
Dec. 20. The service will be offered once a week on Saturdays.
"There has been increased demand for Caribbean and Mexican
markets in Chicago," said John Happ, ATA's senior vice president of
marketing and sales.
ATA also will resume seasonal service from Chicago to Puerto
Vallarta on Dec. 17. The flights will operate on Wednesdays and
The Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo flights will operate
Meanwhile, ATA will expand its service from Chicago to
Guadalajara from six days a week to seven by adding nonstop
roundtrip service on Wednesdays starting Nov. 20.
To book, call (800) I-FLY-ATA or visit the Web at www.ata.com.
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Responding to strong demand for Cancun from the San Francisco
area during the Thanksgiving holiday, SunTrips
added a flight that will depart Oakland, Calif., on Nov. 24 and
return on Dec. 1.
Eight-day packages start at $689 per person, double, including
roundtrip air fare, accommodations and airport transfers. SunTrips'
Mexico charters are operated in conjunction with North American
For information or reservations, call (800) 786-8747 or visit
the Web at www.suntrips.com.
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The Casa del Mar Beach, Golf and Spa Resort in
Los Cabos is marketing a value season package until Dec. 15 that's
priced 63% below a comparable high-season program.
The four-night package costs $897 for two people and includes
daily breakfast, roundtrip airport transfers, a car rental for one
day, a discounted rate on a round of golf, twice-daily shuttle to
Cabo San Lucas and all taxes and service charges. During high
season, the price for this package would be $2,429 for two,
according to the resort.
Casa del Mar is situated 25 minutes by car from Los Cabos
Airport between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
For information or reservations, call (800) 227-9621 or visit
the Web at www.casadelmargolfandspa.com.
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Pleasant Holidays added the Crown Paradise Club
in Cancun to its product line for stays beginning Jan. 4.
Seven-night, air-inclusive packages start at $1,409 per person,
Meanwhile, Pleasant Holidays added the El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel
to its Mexico product line in 2004. El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel is
located on the beach near San Miguel. It offers two restaurants,
tennis courts, a spa and fitness center, a dive shop and a private
Five-night, land-only packages start at $313 per person, double.
Prices include roundtrip airport transfers and all hotel taxes and
surcharges. Children age 14 and younger stay free in their parents'
In other news, Pleasant Holidays teamed with Cancun's
all-inclusive Aquamarina Beach Hotel to offer guests reduced rates
through Dec. 21. Four-night, air-inclusive packages start at $644
per person, double, from Los Angeles, and $684 per person from San
The Aquamarina Beach Hotel is rated a three-star property.
For more information or reservations, call (800) 448-3333 or
visit Pleasant's Web site at www.pleasantagent.com.
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Mexico's Occidental Hotels and Resorts launched
a photo contest for guests, with a grand prize of $10,000 at
The promotion will be in place for guests who stay three nights
or longer at the Occidental Allegro Cozumel or Occidental Grand
Cozumel from Aug. 23 to Oct. 4.
Weekly finalists will receive a three-night stay for two. One
winner from the weekly finalists will be chosen and will receive
$10,000. The resorts will charge a $25 photo contest registration
For information or reservations, call (800) 858.2258 or visit www.allegroresorts.com.
To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].