INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS GROUP opened the 333-room
Crowne Plaza-Los Cabos Beach Resort in San Jose del Cabo. Formerly
the Faro del Cabo resort, the property underwent a $40 million
renovation. It features contemporary Mexican decor in rooms and
public spaces, five swimming pools, two lighted tennis courts, a
racquetball court, a fitness center and 18,000 square feet of
meeting space. The hotel has five dining facilities, including Las
Jicamas for Mexican cuisine and La Gondola for Italian fare. The
Crowne Plaza-Los Cabos is owned by Hola Hotels & Resorts and
managed by Promociones Turisticas Azteca, S.A. de C.V., under a
license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels
SPEAKING OF LOS CABOS, the region -- comprising
the areas of Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the tourist
corridor in between, announced today that the destination, its
airport and all hotels are operating as usual and all visitor
services are available following Hurricane Ignacio's passing Aug.
25. "Los Cabos luckily suffered nothing more than a good rain,"
said Los Cabos Tourism Board president Javier Aluni. According to
airport director Javier Martinez de Escobar, the airport is
functioning at "99% normalcy."
FUNJET VACATIONS added service to Mexico from
Denver in response to Frontier Airlines' new service from that
city. Frontier will launch nonstop service between Denver and Cabo
San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta Nov. 1, and Denver and Puerto
Vallarta Nov. 22. Packages include roundtrip air from Denver, hotel
accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers and hotel taxes. In
Mazatlan, a five-night package at the El Cid Castilla costs $439.99
per person, double, from Dec. 4 to 20. In Puerto Vallarta, a
three-night package at the Buenaventura Hotel & Beach Club
costs $379.99 from Nov. 22 to Dec. 16. And in San Jose del Cabo, a
four-night package at the all-inclusive Royal Solaris costs $614.99
from Nov. 22 to Dec. 20. Call (800) 558-3050 or book via www.vaxvacationaccess.com or the major GDS's.
APPLE VACATIONS launched the Take off to the
Sun promotion Aug. 24, offering savings up to 50% on select air and
hotel packages to Mexico and Caribbean destinations for specific
dates in September and October. Travel must be booked by Sept. 6.
Sample rates from Denver, including charter air, seven nights at
the all-inclusive RIU Jalisco in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and
transfers are $499.99 per person, double (reduced from $999.99). To
book or for details, visit www.applevacations.com.
PLEASANT HOLIDAYS launched its Mexico product
brochure for 2004. The new brochure features a number of additions
designed to generate interest among Pleasant's customers and
stimulate sales for travel agents. The brochure includes 11 new
properties in Cancun, one of Pleasant's top destinations, a new
property in Cozumel and a new property in Puerto Vallarta. The new
brochure includes a separate section for the Riviera Maya and a new
hotel category: Superior. In addition, special icons highlight
condominiums suitable for couples or families, as well as
all-inclusive properties. The brochure also highlights resorts that
offer children's activities and honeymoon and spa packages. To
order brochures, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantagent.com.
THE MARK TRAVEL CORP. was awarded the Keys to
the City of Cancun by Cancun mayor Juan Ignacio Garcia Zalvidea at
a ceremony held Aug. 18. It was the first time a tour operator was
so honored. Bill La Macchia Jr., CEO of The Mark Travel Corp.,
accepted the key on behalf of the Milwaukee-based company. "This is
a tremendous honor for The Mark Travel Corporation and for all of
our employees," said La Macchia. "The Keys to the City recognize
our long-standing partnership with Cancun. We fully intend to build
on this relationship and continue to market Cancun as one of the
premier leisure destinations in the world." The Mark Travel Corp.
began offering Mexico vacations in 1979 under Funway Holidays
International. Funjet Vacations, the company's flagship brand,
began charters to Mexico in 1987. The other Mark Travel companies
offering vacations to Mexico are Adventure Tours, TransGlobal
Vacations, AeroMexico Vacations, MexSeaSun, US Airways Vacations
and Town & Country Tours.