Here's a rundown of what's happening south of the border:
The Los Cabos Tourism Board opened an office in
Santa Monica, Calif., operated by Alfredo Rosas, general director
of the tourism board, who will split his time between Los Cabos and
The Los Cabos board is the first Mexican destination
organization to open an office in the U.S., Rosas said.
He said the new office will focus on developing markets in the
U.S., including cities in the Midwest, Southeast and Middle
Atlantic states. The West Coast accounts for 80% of U.S. travelers
to Los Cabos.
The toll-free number for the Santa Monica office is (866)
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Mexicana Airlines joined forces with Mark
Travel Corp. to offer enhanced MexSeaSun vacation packages to
The airline said it is offering an additional 2% commission when
bookings are made through the major CRSs; more options for clients
who want to book packages with spa, sport fishing and diving
components, and a Great Rewards Program, under which a travel
agency wins a three-night trip with air fare and hotel for every
$30,000 worth of MexSeaSun trips booked by Oct. 31.
The packages also will include more combination beach
destination-colonial city options.
MexSeaSun packages are available from the following Mexicana
gateways: Chicago; Denver; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Oakland,
Calif; San Antonio; San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.
Among the airline's Mexico gateways are Acapulco, Cancun,
Cozumel, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Huatulco, Los Cabos, Mazatlan,
Mexico City, Oaxaca and Puerto Vallarta.
For information or reservations, call (866) 263-9732.
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Vacations by Sun Country in Milwaukee added
Mazatlan to its destination line-up with three- to 14-night
packages featuring Monday and Friday departures from Dec. 21 to
Prices will start at $399 per person, double, including
roundtrip air on Sun Country Airlines from Minneapolis, three
nights' accommodations at the Fiesta Inn Mazatlan, airport
transfers, hotel taxes and the services of a Vacations by Sun
Vacations by Sun Country also sells Cancun, Cozumel and Puerto
For more information or reservations, call (800) 359-6786 or
visit the Web site at www.vacationaccess.com.
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Aeromexico plans to begin scheduled service in
Salt Lake City, making it a new U.S. gateway for the airline and
replacing the charter service to Mexico provided by Xplore
The airline said Xplore Vacations -- owned by Morris Murdock
Travel, Cruise & Travel Masters and other Salt Lake City-based
agencies -- instead will offer vacation packages that promote
Aeromexico as its preferred air travel partner.
Beginning Dec. 15, pending government approval, Aeromexico will
operate from Salt Lake City to Mexico City on Saturdays and
Sundays, with connections to Acapulco, Cancun, Guadalajara,
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Monterrey.
Salt Lake City-Hermosillo nonstops are scheduled for Mondays and
Fridays, with connecting service to Guadalajara, Mazatlan, Mexico
City and Monterrey.
The new flights will be operated in conjunction with Delta,
Aeromexico's SkyTeam partner.
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Viva Resorts, which operates three properties
in Mexico, designated October as Travel Agent Month.
Participating properties are the Club Viva Vallarta in Puerto
Vallarta and the Club Viva Maya and Club Viva Azteca, both on the
Under the promotion, agents can stay at the Club Viva Vallarta
for $35 per person, per night, double, and at the Club Viva Maya
and Club Viva Azteca for $45 per person, per night, double. A guest
staying in the same room with an agent pays the same rate.
Because Viva Resorts are inclusive, the rate includes three
daily meals; all beverages, cocktails and wine; daily activities;
nonmotorized water sports with lessons; enrollment in the Viva
Kid's Club, and taxes and tips.
In addition, Viva Resorts is offering a bonus commission to
agents who book a client through the toll-free reservation number
or via the Internet.
Travel agents will receive a 12% commission, plus $10 per
booking. The bonus is valid for new bookings through Dec. 23 for
travel Sept. 1 to Dec. 23.
For details or reservations, call (800) 898-9968 or contact the
company's Web site at www.vivaresorts.com.
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Las Brisas in Acapulco offers three packages
valid through Dec. 20.
The Holiday Breeze package is priced from $185 per person, per
night, double, for a minimum of three nights. The price includes
Casita-category accommodations with a shared or private pool, daily
breakfast and use of tennis courts and the La Concha Beach
The Loving Breeze package is priced from $1,073 per person,
double, for a three-night stay. The price includes daily breakfast,
dinner for two at the Bellavista restaurant, use of tennis courts,
use of a Jeep for the entire stay and passes to the Enigma
The Golf Sun and Fun package is priced at $994, single, and
$1,184, double, for a three-night stay. It includes daily
breakfast, access to La Concha Beach Club, airport transfers and
greens fees at Tres Vidas Golf Course with a cart and
transportation to the golf club.
For more information or reservations, call (800) 537-8483.