Travel Weekly's Mexico E-Letter: March 26, 2003

MEXICANA AIRLINES said it will launch nonstop service from Portland to Guadalajara on May 1. The flights will operate three days a week--on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays--with continuing service to Mexico City and Morelia.

ATA VACATIONS is offering $50 off on seven-night packages to Cancun for two people who travel Wednesday to Wednesday through May 28. Packages start at $649 per person, double, from Indianapolis to Cancun. Cancun vacations include accommodations for seven nights at the Costa Real Hotel & Suites, roundtrip airfare on American Trans Air, roundtrip airport transfers, taxes and 24-hour traveler assistance. ATA Vacations can be booked through VAX VacationAccess at, through the major GDSs or by calling ATA Vacations at (800) 442-8952.

AEROMEXICO VACATIONS teamed with Occidental resorts to offer up to $400 off per couple on Cancun vacations. Participating hotels are the Occidental Caribbean Village Cancun, Occidental Caribbean Village Playacar, Occidental Flamenco Xcaret and Occidental Royal Hideaway Playacar. The promotion is valid for bookings made through April 30 with travel completed by Aug. 31. Vacations include roundtrip airfare on AeroMexico, hotel accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, 24-hour traveler assistance, fees and taxes, and Club Premier frequent flyer miles. Prices start at $424 per person, double, from Atlanta for four nights, $639 from New York for five nights,and $684 from Los Angeles for four nights. AeroMexico Vacations can be purchased in all four GDSs, through VAX VacationAccess or by calling (800) 245-8585.

FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS said its Fairmont Pierre Marques Golf Club in Acapulco closed March 10 to undergo a $3 million renovation that will be supervised by golf course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course is scheduled to reopen in December. As part of the renovation, the golf course will install a new species of grass -- Seashore Paspalum -- that is better suited to Acapulco's tropical conditions. The golf course will also raise and reshape the fairways to improve playability and drainage, and install a practice facility for guests. The golf course is adjacent to the 14-story Fairmont Acapulco Princess. For more information about the golf course or Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, visit

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