VIVA RESORTS, which operates three all-inclusive
properties in Mexico, is paying 12% commission plus a $10 bonus for
each direct booking on stays of four or more nights through Dec.
23. The 12% commission is valid for new bookings only, made
directly through Viva's reservation center at (800) 898-9968 or via
E-mail at [email protected]. To receive the extra $10
per booking, agents must complete a Commission Bonus tracking form,
available from the reservations center or via E-mail. All
commissions and bonuses will be paid after clients return home.
Viva's Mexico properties are the Viva Maya and Viva Azteca, both in
the Riviera Maya, and the Viva Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta. The
bonus commission offer also applies at Viva's resorts in the
Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.
SPEAKING OF PUERTO VALLARTA, Vallarta
Adventures this spring introduced a day trip from Puerto Vallarta
to Talpa and Mascota, a pair of towns nestled in the Sierra Madre
mountains. Passengers board a Cessna Caravan or 402 aircraft for a
15-minute flight to Talpa, a town that hosts a vibrant religious
festival five times a year. During festivals, pilgrims from all
over Mexico and dozens of vendors converge on the town, and
indigenous performers promenade outside a cathedral. Ten minutes by
air from Talpa is the village of Mascota, where visitors are
offered lunch, a visit to a distillery where the agave beverage is
produced and a walking tour of the town. The 25-minute return
flight gives passengers a sweeping view of Puerto Vallarta's coast.
The Talpa/Mascota excursion costs $142 per person, including lunch.
For more information, contact Vallarta Adventures at (866) 256-2739
or visit www.vallarta-adventures.com.
AEROMEXICO has a new U.S. gateway: Fort
Lauderdale, Fla. AeroMexico, Mexico's largest airline, said it will
launch nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Mexico City on
July 7. The service will be operated four times a week on Mondays,
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Fort Lauderdale is AeroMexico's
17th U.S. gateway. In the process, AeroMexico will be the first
carrier to provide transborder service from Fort Lauderdale Airport
to Mexico. The airline said the new service is in response to
demand from the expanding business, leisure and ethnic markets
north of Miami looking for a more convenient gateway to Mexico. "We
have monitored the growth of the international and Latin American
market in Broward County and neighboring Palm Beach County and
believe the area is ready for us to introduce direct service into
Mexico," said Rolf Hoehn, AeroMexico's vice president, U.S.
MEANWHILE, also on July 7, AeroMexico will add
a second daily nonstop from Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Mexico
City. "Chicago is a very strong market for AeroMexico," said Hoehn.
"Our growth there has been steady and we are happy to introduce
additional flights that will be appealing to both business and
leisure travelers as well as the ethnic market." The afternoon
flight will depart Chicago at 3:55 p.m. and arrive in Mexico City
at 8 p.m. On the return, the flight will depart Mexico City at 10
a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 1:55 p.m. For information and
reservations for either flight, call AeroMexico at (800) 237-6639
or visit www.aeromexico.com.
CONTINENTAL AIRLINES on June 12 launched daily
nonstop service between George Bush Airport in Houston and the
International Airport in Morelia, Mexico. With the addition of
Morelia, capital of the state of Michoacan, Continental flies to 21
cities in Mexico. Continental claims that it serves more Mexican
destinations than any other U.S. airline, with approximately 350
departures each week. Continental is using a 50-passenger jet for
its service to Morelia. The flight departs Houston at 5:40 p.m. and
arrives in Morelia at 8:05 p.m. On the return, the flight leaves
Morelia at 7:50 a.m. and arrives in Houston at 10:14 a.m.